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    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration

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    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $70
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The Etnies Metal Mulisha Fader is exclusively available in men's sizes that stretch from 5 to 15. Ladies who want to cop a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their standard shoe size. This kick generally fits true to size. Trying a pair in your nearest retail store is best recommended.

Using the Fader's classic bulky, old-school skate profile as its canvas, Metal Mulisha kicked the pair's aesthetic up a notch by applying their rock and militia-inspired artwork on its upper. Grounded in the rebellious nature of skate this kick's skulls and pops of colors will make your outfit more interesting. Pair it with loose jeans, a t-shirt, and a New Era cap for an old-school skate look or opt for joggers, shorts, or straight cut trousers for a more modern casual outfit.

This low-top pair retains the Fader's vintage bulky silhouette, which most old-school skaters prefer for its cushiony protection. It is available in a wide selection of large graphic design/ artwork options and colorways for different preferences. Some insoles also display Metal Mulisha artwork.

Founded by two French designers in 1986, Etnies is a skate company and was initially called "Etnics," which was derived from the word Ethnic as a nod to skate culture. After a few years, the brand had to change its name due to legal issues.

In 1989, a former professional skateboarder named Pierre André who was nearing the end of his career took charge of the company. This acquisition made Etnies the very first skateboard shoe company to be owned by a pro skateboarder.

Today the brand is based in California and falls under one of Sole Technology's subsidiaries. Although owned by another company, Etnies is still run under the watchful eyes of Pierre André. To this day, Etnies remains popular amongst skateboarders and loyal fans for their consistently comfortable and durable footwear. They are known for ungimmicky shoe technologies that provide protection, performance, comfort, and style. Moreover, their inventory now includes an extensive collection of apparel and accessories.

One of the many skate shoes in Etnies’ roster is the Fader, one of the longstanding shoe models of the brand. It has been reinterpreted in countless iterations and is known to work well as a casual shoe and even better as tough skate kick. Check it out in different colorways to complement your every mood and look.

  • It retails for $70.
  • Its upper is crafted from leather.
  • The shoe has a padded collar and tongue for added cushioning and comfort.
  • The kick uses an STI Foam Lite Level footbed for extra in-step comfort. It is detachable.
  • It is offered in Medium width.

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