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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.

  • 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
    $145
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Fit & Sizing

The original lining and leather exterior of the Air Jordan 1 was revamped in this sneaker making it into a mesh-leather-synthetic upper combo which administers a super comfortable feel. An encapsulated Air-Sole unit at the heel provides impact protection which is supported by a molded OrthoLite™ sockliner.

Women can grab a pair which is available in full-size runs with half sizes starting from 5 to 12. It is also built in a women's medium width of B.

Jordan AJ1 Explorer XX Style

Numerous styles and outfit combinations can be partnered with the Jordan AJ1 Explorer XX due to its multifaceted outlook. The high top collar can be folded down to project a relaxed image and at the same time can be sported as is with its translucent material perfect for showing off multi-colored socks. Toned-down apparel like jeans and a blazer would also suffice but for those who want an edgier look can sport the pair with camos or torn-up pants.

Notable Features

Two prominent colorways were released namely the Luminous Green and the inaugural Off White colorway. The high top collar can be scrunched down into a fold which would then display a Nike branding on its back. The sneaker also features thirteen pairs of eyelets which rest upon a redesigned mesh/leather upper with translucent upgrades on the ankle top.

Jordan AJ1 Explorer XX History

Since its pre-hype in the 1980s, the Jordan franchise was never shaken down by competitors because it bears the name of the generally known "greatest player of all time." Although the pilot model should be the one to be blamed for its success, subsequent iterations on the Jordan line served as pillars for its popularity stretching the present. And as the years progressed, giving homage to the original heritage tend to be more valuable. The Air Jordan 1 is such a lucky sneaker.

After years of its existence, Nike and Jordan Brand bumped their heads together to replenish the long lost love for feminine apparel that also honors the AJ 1. The Nike family consolidated female designers led by Georgina James which is followed by Magnhild Disngton, Jacqueline Schoeffel, Chiyo Takashi, Marie Crow, Louisa Page, Angela Martin, Kara Nykreim, Marie Odinot, Melusine Dieudonne, Jesi Small, Jin Hong, Shamees Aden, and Reba Brammer.

The resulting product is a collection called '1 Reimagined' which also enlists the coveted Air Force 1 model. The female-focused line includes ten iterations revolving around five concepts which are lover, sage, rebel, jester, and explorer. The AJ1 franchise features the Jordan AJ1 Lover XX, Jordan AJ1 Sage XX, Jordan AJ1 Rebel XX, Jordan AJ1 Jester XX, and Jordan AJ1 Explorer XX.

The last one which is Jordan AJ1 Explorer XX reinstills an outdoor gear look to the vintage sneaker but with a contemporary taste. The designers took the high top collar and extended it further up and gave it a translucent detail implying that fashion can be dangerous but at the same time fun. The sneaker was set to hit select stores in February of 2018.

Additional Info

  • The sneaker maintains a rubber cupsole construction for underfoot protection and grip.
  • The insole is also removable.
  • A tug feature at the back of the collar provides an adjustable snug which can be used when folding the extended collar.
  • For its initial release, sneaker retailed for $145.

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