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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Jordan Generation History
After coming up with the Air Jordan XI in 1995, one of the highly coveted Michael Jordan sneakers in the series which for the first time incorporated a supportive carbon fiber plate in the sole, the creativity of its designer Tinker Hatfield was challenged once again.
In 1996, Nike came up with the Air Jordan XII. This Hatfield formulated sneaker was dropped amid the rise of some of the breakthrough technologies emerging from this Swoosh brand including the protruding Air-sole unit, futuristic Foamposites, and columnar Shox cushioning.
One of the attributes that made the AJ 12 a standout is the use of the Zoom Air unit in the midsole, a pressurized component of air with internal fibers meant to offer an ultra-responsive ride. This was the first time that the Zoom Air was embedded in an Air Jordan sneaker. Another asset found in this model is the use of modified carbon fiber shank plate, a graphite unit stronger than steel placed in the sole, aimed at reducing forefoot and midfoot stress.
Aside from the tech features embedded in the AJ 12, this Hatfield devised sneaker is as dressy as the Air Jordan XI. Hatfield decided to make the concept of this subsequent sneaker straightforward and uncomplicated mimicking the simplicity of the Japanese flag.
The genuine leather upper had diagonal stitching similar to a rising sun with a faux reptile design that runs from the mudguard to the lateral sides of the shoe. The lateral and medial support features made it the most hard-wearing shoe in the entire collection.
After 21 years from the drop of the AJ 12 and 14 years since Michael exited the NBA, the Jordan Brand shows no signs of retiring. In fact, it continues to launch modern lifestyle sneakers, influenced by former Air Jordan performance shoes.
The Jordan Generation is one of the fast-forward renditions added to the growing arsenal of well-celebrated sneakers under the Jordan label. Taking cues from the Air Jordan 12’s sole construction, the Jordan Generation is built with same supportive carbon fiber shank plate in the sole. However, this non-performing model eliminated the Zoom Air property and instead integrated the Nike Air, a flexible bag filled with pressurized air, as cushioning element in the forefoot.
Apart from the AJ 12, the strap and high upper composition of the Jordan Generation has a striking resemblance to the Air Jordan 20. Again conceptualized by Hatfield, this silhouette was in sight two years after Michael’s third and final retirement from the league.
Jordan Generation Style
The Jordan brand introduces another highly fashionable sneaker, the Jordan Generation, for the new breed of Air Jordan loyalists. It eliminated the use of hidden laces as seen in the Air Jordan 20, but capitalized on affixing not just one broad strap of Velcro for a secured fit, but three adjustable ones. Two of which go way up on the lateral and medial edges of the high upper made even sleeker with the use of metal D-rings as loops.
The mixture of engineered textile and leather on the upper punctuated by wing straps, metallic Jumpman logo, and shiny loops immediately accord an elegant air which makes this boot-like sneaker well-suited for high-street affairs. The refined all-white/gold variation perfectly weds with white, ivory, and khaki pants that creases around the lower shin or a slim-fitting one tucked within the adjustable collar. The condescending black/chrome variation puts an elegant tone when married with black or deep sea blue joggers or pants that taper at the bottom. There are other monochromatic shades available which can be fused with several casual wears.
Fit & Sizing
The Jordan Generation is one of the comfortable high-top offerings by the Jordan brand which is equipped with padding around the heel and under the tongue, and a cushioned footbed. The forefoot is graced with the Nike Air sole unit that protects the ball of foot and aids in the smooth movement of the feet from heel to toe. This sneaker is laceless but gets the needed security and lockdown feel with the use of broad Velcro strap across the midfoot and two adjustable ones on each side of the high upper. The hidden elastic band under the midfoot strap pulls the sides of the shoe towards the center for a snug fit.
The Jordan Generation is almost like a slip-on with a high-top form. It is available in men’s sizes that extend from 7 to 18 US. Women shoppers who are attracted to this style may opt to get a men’s size that’s equal to 1.5 sizes lower than their usual women’s size.
Every sneaker under the Jordan label with a Jumpman logo connotes a story pointing to the original iconic Air Jordan lineup. What makes the Jordan Generation high-top sneaker a standout is its commanding and shipshape form, marked by protruding Velcro straps that’s fitting for casual or high couture functions. It is charged with tech features that grant comfort, flexibility, and stability which all translates to solid performance even if this silhouette is built for off-court uses.
- The Jordan Generation is built with a lightweight textile for breathable support.
- The upper is assembled using double stitches which make each segment long lasting.
- It comes with three adjustable straps that offer personalized comfort.
- It has a carbon fiber shank plate that enhances stability.
- The outsole is built with a durable rubber that accords excellent traction.
- The Jordan Generation debuted in time for the winter months on September 17, 2017.