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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The J. Crew x New Balance 998 is exclusively available in men's sizing. Ladies who want to cop a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their regular shoe size. The fit can be adjusted using the shoe’s traditional lace-up closure.
Bathed in stylish and one of a kind color schemes, the J. Crew x New Balance 998 is considered by many a fashionable pair that could amp up any outfit. Its low-top profile makes for easy pairing with almost any ensemble and could also be dressed up and down. Match it with chinos or khakis for a spruced up street style or opt for an effortless look by pairing it with denim jeans or walking shorts.
This pair's charm lies in its premium materials, superb quality, and stylishly unique color palettes. Consumers already know about the comfort of New Balance's signature sneaker technologies and quality of their Made in US pairs – knowing these and seeing them encased in a model with a classic silhouette drenched in never before seen colors made in limited quantities created more demand and appeal for them.
The 90s was regarded as the climax of sneaker innovation, both design and technology-wise. Introduced in 1993, the New Balance 998 used the 997's structure as its blueprint and built on it. New Balance and DuPont worked together and created the ENCAP II and ABZORB technologies. The brand encased the ABZORB foam in the ENCAP shell for excellent shock absorption and maximized energy return. This combination of technologies debuted on the New Balance 998.
Fast-forward to today the New Balance 998 has been reinterpreted in many colorways and collaborations. One of the sneaker's long-time collaborators is J. Crew, and the two brands have been churning out new color schemes for the 998 since the early 2000s. Some of the collaborative colorways are the following: inferno, pebble blue, Independence Day, ultramarine, greenback, concrete jungle, and condiments aka "mustard, ketchup, and relish" colorway.
- This sneaker is crafted in the US using premium American suede.
- Mesh, perforated toebox allows added breathability.
- Some models feature hits of reflective 3M detailing.