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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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 sneaker features a smooth lace lockdown that goes through six eyelets up to its mid-top shank. A pull tab with a Jumpman logo is positioned on the tongue for ease of access. Comfort and cushioning are provided by the combination of a Zoom Air unit in the heel and by the EVA foam and OrthoLite® insole. The cupsole is composed of an IU foam material which cradles the foot while granting an outer layer of traction and grip.
The sneaker caters to men's sizes, but women are free to purchase it in 1 1/2 sizes down. It is built in a standard D medium width for men which also runs in full sizes starting from 6 to 15.
Styling the Chukka-based Eclipse, whether it is in blue, black, red or white, is not an arduous task for it complies with almost every article of clothing. It is best for pants to be pin-rolled or folded to emphasize the overall velvety image of the sneaker. Combining the sneaker with summer clothes would be ideal for its breathable nature.
The Jordan Eclipse Chukka on feet harnesses the previous appeal of its predecessor by going bold with tonal uppers with an extended mid-top collar. Its laces are even included with the tint along with blending Jordan brandings. Some colorways feature a visible warp-and-weft woven pattern that distinguishes it from other casual street wear.
The "Chukka" version of the Eclipse retains the prestigious accents of classic models like the AJ III, VI, and the VII. Midsole tooling is derived from the AJ III along with the Jumpman logo. The comfort-inducing neoprene tongue is a concept hailing from the VI and VII Jordan's. Woven patterns of other colorways resemble that of the Air Jordan XV's.
Three decades of product continuity reflects the ground-shattering impact of its ambassador. Michael Jordan, regarded as the GOAT or greatest-of-all-time, not only tapped the basketball realm with his whims of grandeur but also penetrated the sneaker collection phenomenon with unrelenting force. As the years stray farther and farther from its pioneer Air Jordan 1's, the flavor and proof of its integrity taste better than a century-old wine.
It is only relevant for the Jordan Brand to expand their horizons and bring to the table several silhouettes that are timely and lifestyle bound. From the first time the Air Jordan was released up to the present, it surely would be a middle-aged man by now, and aging pulls you further away from the court. Bulky and protective footwear are now out of the picture and its time for more unencumbered sneakers that emphasize relaxation. Then came the Future.
The Jordan Future was one of the first attempts of the Jordan Brand to diversify the franchise into lifestyle-focused models. Released in the first stretch of 2014, the Future takes on the form of the retro Air Jordan XI but with subdued accents. It was also the pioneer for decreasing the overall weight of AJ's into an off-court sneaker that can be sported anywhere.
A year after the introduction of the Future, Jordan Brand followed up with another inspired model that honors elements from the AJ III, VI, and VII. The Jordan Eclipse is a smooth and straightforward addition to the JB line which is marketed to be used in different activities one can think of. Its interior comfort hails from the Nike Huarache which took its idea of a bootie construction for a glove-like fit.
The Eclipse garnered a lot of attention in 2015 with its numerous color variations and to continue its widespread interest, Jordan Brand revamped it in 2016 into a mid-top. The Jordan Eclipse Chukka extends its ankle protection and gives it a tonal flair from the Jordan branding to the laces. Set to overshadow casual sneakers of its time, the Jordan Eclipse Chukka primes itself in monotone glory.
The mid-top version of the Eclipse proved worthy of redesigning especially now that it has a lot more material for creativity. One of the very first colorways to surface was the Triple Black in a woven-patterned upper. The Roshe-inspired Chukka dipped its whole silhouette in glossy black paint, and the pigment covered all of its parts--including the neoprene tongue, insole, and laces.
The December 2016 release of the Jordan Eclipse Chukka ‘Triple Black’ sparked more subsequent iterations which was almost simultaneously launched. Two in the said unveiling was the Light Bone and the Sequoia colorways which, religiously in that matter, maintains the woven-upper appeal. As the end of the year approached, one more edition was introduced to the public, and it was in the coveted black and red hues, of course. Unfortunately, the dark and blood-colored combo was only available in grade school sizes.
Speaking of kids’ sizing, another colorway of the Jordan Eclipse Chukka was released, and this time it plays around with the shade of pink. Intended for young lady sneakerheads, the Black/Pink edition sports a black mesh and woven upper complemented by fading pink accent on the shoe’s tooling. Initially priced at $90, the mid-top Jordan sneaker was available for copping by mid-February 2017.
- IU stands for Injected Unit which is a type of foam that Nike uses in their models.
- Traction patterns at the outsole exhibit a herringbone pattern with notched lines indicating foot stress points.
- The Zoom Air unit at the heel also displays a Jumpman logo.
- Prevalent colorways that were released in January 2017 are Sequoia, Light Bone, and tonal black.
- The Jordan Eclipse Chukka - men’s sneaker was also unveiled in Soar (Blue), Gym Red, and Frost White editions.