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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Although looking a bit chunky at first glance, the Jordan Son of Mars Low has a snug fit supported by the padded tongue and collar that boost comfort levels and provide needed protection to the ankles.
The shoe is kept on a tight lockdown by regular flat lacing while the thick soles offer the needed protection. It provides freedom of movement while a thick midfoot strap maintains a secure fit.
Wearing an Air Jordan is like a badge of honor for most male cagers who have ever since wanted to cop a pair when they were young. What more could be the excitement of sneakerheads when they wear for the first time a hybrid Air Jordan sneaker that combined all the unique features of at least four iterations of the famous basketball shoe line?
Walking in a Jordan Son of Mars Low elicits that same feeling of confidence with its well-constructed sneaker complete with unique overlays and stylish accents that would make the wearer stand out in the crowd. The elegant colors in the leather and synthetic overlays and the Jumpman logo on the tongue give this sneaker an advantage in styling as this fashionable men’s sneaker will provide any everyday looking outfit an extra oomph.
Best paired with basketball shorts or jeans, this men’s sneaker can still pass a few decent sessions in the basketball court and also be a stunner after a quick game while hanging out in the mall or partying in the club. Exuding a fashionable sporty look, this basketball-inspired sneaker can be used to achieve unique looks for men and women bringing a boost in confidence with its unique finishing and design.
The solid color blocking and stylish overlays and accents of the Jordan Son of Mars Low allow for it to be styled according to men’s and women’s styling preferences. Here are some style suggestions:
- For men: Basketball fans may opt to wear these lifestyle basketball sneakers with the jersey uniforms of their favorite basketball teams. For a more street-style look, the men’s Jordan Son of Mars Low is also best paired with straight cut jeans, a plain-colored shirt, and jacket while maintaining a monochromatic look. Let the men’s Jordan Son of Mars Low sneakers add that pop of color to your overall outfit as you give it the needed spotlight it deserves.
- For women: Since the design is specially made for men, the Jordan Son of Mars Low can still be worn by women who want to achieve a masculine and sporty look. Style them up with straight cut jeans or denim shorts and use a more fitted tank top or t-shirt to complete the look.
The fashionable men’s basketball sneaker has a dual Air-Sole unit in the heel and forefoot that delivers optimum cushioning on and off the court. The superior cushioning comes with a thick outsole that doesn’t wear out quickly and promising grip and traction. Comprised of leather and synthetic material upper, this basketball sneaker comes complete with a padded tongue and collar, side perforations for breathability for a fresh and relaxed on and off-court sneaker experience.
At a young age, for many of the world’s top basketball players today, owning a pair of the Nike’s Air Jordan shoes is like the Holy Grail of their early hoop life. Air Jordan and its equally recognizable Jumpman logo, a silhouette of the NBA legend Michael Jordan performing a slam dunk, is the ultimate game accessory on and off the court.
Before the world took notice of this ultimate basketball shoe, and the numerous models of the Air Jordan that followed, the footwear which is worn by the greatest player of his generation, was initially banned.
While many sneaker fans might argue that it wasn’t the Air Jordan I but the prototype of the Nike Airship that was banned by the NBA, the mere fact that it created a buzz meant something to its parent company Nike.
Air Jordan and the sneaker culture
The huge following of the Nike’s Air Jordan shoes started a whole new basketball sneaker culture and is enough reason for the sub-brand of the retail shoe giant to capture a sizeable chunk of the basketball footwear market. To be part of the so-called ‘in’ crowd then, most basketball players would practically save every penny for a pair as everyone in the world would have like to experience to be just like Mike.
The Air Jordan brand started in 1984. The Air Jordan I was first customized for ‘His Airness’ by designers Peter Moore, Tinker Hatfield, and Bruce Kilgore.
Nike took a gamble in signing then NBA rookie Michael Jordan into a five-year endorsement worth $2.5 million (including royalties). Creating the first Air Jordan prototype started in 1984 with Jordan already testing out the Nike Airship on the court. Peter Moore also led the design team behind the black and red colorway in the first release.
The design involves a familiar Nike Swoosh logo which was no longer featured in succeeding designs of Air Jordan. This initial release of the shoe, priced at $65, also highlighted the iconic Wings logo, composed of a basketball with wings on both sides and an Air Jordan print above the ball. The OG Air Jordan I design is comprised mostly of leather overlays on the upper giving the shoe durability on the court and a perforated toe box giving the needed ventilation.
It was interesting to note that Michael Jordan was fined $5,000 every time he wears the controversial shoe and Nike footing the bill. Then NBA commissioner David Stern had forbidden Jordan from wearing the Jordans for having very little white color on them.
The banning of the shoe, however, proved to be an opportunity rather than a setback for Nike. The shoe business giant used this to capitalize on the controversy by claiming on their promotional advertisements that the shoe gives an improved performance on the court.
The Air Jordan I versions that followed that same year, meantime, had to comply with the NBA rules eventually and released the Chicago and Black Toe colorways which had a majority white color in them. The Air Jordan I was marketed around 1985 to 1986, and then retro releases and collaborations came out soon after making Air Jordan a brand to reckon with in the basketball sneaker arena.
Son of Mars design inspirations
Despite the release of bestselling Air Jordan shoes almost year after year, there are Jordan shoe models that are neither retro nor collaboration. These are the hybrid kicks like the Jordan Son of Mars Low.
The uniquely styled Jordan Son of Mars Low sneaker combines features like the elephant print and accent of the Air Jordan III, the upper of the Air Jordan VI, the midsole of the Air Jordan IV, and the tongue silhouette of the Air Jordan V.
The hybrid Son of Mars sneaker is also patterned after the Spizike, a hybrid classic inspired by all Jordan shoes made in collaboration and associated with director Spike Lee.
The Jordan Spizike sneaker was created as homage to Spike Lee and his unforgettable Mars Blackmon character that helped popularize the Air Jordan line. The name Spizike, a combination of Spike (Lee) and Mike (Michael Jordan), combines details from the Air Jordan III, IV, V, VI, and XX.
Taking from the success of the Spizike, the Jordan Son of Mars Low was first released in 2013 in several colors until 2015. To date, its most famous colorways include the Jordan Son of Mars Low black/cement, Jordan Son of Mars Low white cement, Jordan Son of Mars Low hot lava, Jordan Son of Mars Low hornet, Jordan Son of Mars Low grape ice, Jordan Son of Mars Low Pro Stars, and Jordan Son of Mars Low tour yellow.
Jordan ’s retro Son of Mars Low colors were also significant income-generating endeavors for footwear resellers. The anticipation from sneaker fans would always be high every time a Jordan Son of Mars release date for a specific colorway is announced. This clamor for new colorways only signifies that the well-loved shoe will continue to remain a favorite casual basketball-inspired kick for many years to come.
- The Jordan Son of Mars Low is a favorite sneaker among male celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Rick Ross, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne, Justin Bieber, Ne-Yo, and Austin Mahone who have all been spotted wearing the famous basketball sneaker. Even pop star Rihanna wore the sneaker with customized fitting on several occasions.
- The low-top sneaker features laser elephant print patterns for a fresh courtside look.
- Non-removable insoles provide stability while the foam midsole gives the wearer a comfortable ride.