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.
The mid-top Jordan Flight Origin 4 is offered in US men’s sizes from 5 to 13, medium width. Some advised that it runs true to size.
Its TPU eyelets and traditional lacing enclosure deliver a secure and stylish fit while its leather and synthetic upper lends flexibility and comfort. This sneaker’s perforated window provides ventilation that comes in handy during hot and humid seasons.
Jordan brand is on a class of its own with its collection of performance, but off-court worthy sneakers. Its penchant for creativity is also evident on the brand’s non-athletic offerings. Fresh meets futuristic is showcased on the Jordan Flight Origin 4. Built with nubuck and synthetic overlays, the laser-perforated window with the ever-recognizable Jumpman details have been blended carefully with eye-catching colorways, ensuring swagger with every step.
The trademark Air-Sole unit is visible on the heel, guaranteeing impact absorption. This sneaker’s lightweight feel foot is due to the presence of the Phylon midsole, which also yields stability and cushioning. The non-marking solid rubber outsole that exhibits a concentric circular pattern is responsible for the Jordan Flight Origin 4’s traction.
There are constant debates on the media and internet about who is the greatest basketball player of all time, especially at this point because of the basketball prowess and accomplishments of LeBron James. But there isn’t much doubt about who is the most popular sports figure in history. Michael Jordan transcended basketball, as his name is synonymous with greatness even outside of sports.
Jordan’s prominence in pop culture is only matched by his shoe’s success. The start-up company Nike was just a footnote on the sneaker brand competition before Jordan. Nike gambled on Jordan, a rookie and unproven commodity, who was paid the most significant endorsement sneaker deal at that time. Some executives even questioned that business maneuver. Those executives were quickly proven wrong as Jordan’s popularity catapulted the brand to a dizzying height which still stands today.
The Air Jordan series is widely accepted as the most popular sneaker line of all time. It all started with the Air Jordan 1, a sneaker that defied the rules. NBA banned the sneakers initially, as it does not meet the color requirements. Every time Jordan wears it, a particular amount of fine must be paid. This restriction only made the shoe more desirable to the public, possibly due to its unorthodox design and rebellious reputation.
After the success of the AJ 1, the subsequent notable additions to the series such as the Jordan 3 and 11, perpetually captivated the fans since the initial release. The Jordan brand is an anomaly, as the success of its sneakers remains strong after Jordan’s retirement. NBA superstars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, both signed by Nike and considered as Jordan’s successors, can only wish that their sneaker line would be somewhat close to the popularity of Jordan’s when they retired.
Today, the AJ retros are still the most sought-after sneakers. But Jordan brand knows that in order to sustain their success, it has to evolve into something more than just rehashing nostalgia. By branching out into lifestyle sneakers which are offered at a lower price, more people now have the means to appreciate this renowned brand. As an addition to its lifestyle collection, the basketball sneaker inspired Jordan Flight Origin 4 which was initially released in 2017 delivers the style and performance suited best for off-court assemblies.
- The laser-perforated window is inspired from the Air Jordan 4’s silhouette.