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 Spizike History
On October 21, 2006, the Jordan brand released the Jordan Spizike as a tribute to the momentous relationship of Michael Jordan and film director and actor Spike Lee. Lee appeared alongside Jordan in a series of commercial advertisements for the Jordan shoes as his “She’s Gotta Have It” character Mars Blackmon. The campaign, which ran from the late 1980s to early 1990s, left a mark in the sneaker advertising world and largely contributed to putting the Air Jordan shoes on the map.
The Jordan Spizike is a Jordan hybrid that fuses vital design elements of popular Jordan models such as the Air Jordan III, IV, V, VI, IX, and XX altogether. Its main silhouette is a take from the Air Jordan V, while the midsole and outsole, and elephant print detailing are borrowed elements from the Air Jordan III. The Air Jordan IV's influence is apparently visible through the side wings, whereas the tongue and lace locks are derived from the VI. The heel tab from the Air Jordan IX can also be seen on this model, and the print on the sockliner and laser-engraved detailing are from the XX. Initially, the Spizike was released in limited quantities of only 4,032 pairs.
The Spizike is no ordinary J’s. Its introduction to the sneaker market gained mixed reactions from consumers since most sneakerheads during that time were not initially warm in welcoming a hybrid of their favorite Michael Jordan shoe silhouettes.
In 2007, the Spizike received seven new colorways released in greater quantity including a women-exclusive release (after the four men-exclusive colorways) and an online exclusive with special packaging using a messenger bag. The “King’s County” colorway, on the other hand, was the first release of the Spizike that is also offered in grade school sizes. It was also in the same year when the Spizike first dropped a colorway (white and cement gray) that is available in full-family sizing, which was also a general release.
By 2009, the Spizike received a “winterized” iteration as a sneaker boot fit for the holidays. Furthermore, five new colorways were introduced for the Jordan Brand’s Silver Anniversary in 2010, and another eight colorways from 2012 to 2013. It was also debuted on NikeID.
The first retro release of the Spizike happened in the summer of 2014. The Jordan brand released about 29,032 pairs of the OG white, red, and green colorway, or 25,000 more than the quantities released in 2006. They were men-exclusive, and each pair was numbered on the hang tag.
The popular silhouette came back again in 2017 initially through the 2007’s “White/Cement” colorway and a new AJ 3-inspired “Black/Cement” colorway, both for $175. Several other colorways followed, and the Spizike continues to be relevant as it has ever been.
Jordan Spizike Style
The Jordan Spizike is a high-top basketball-inspired sneaker with several noteworthy design elements taken from other iconic Jordan shoes. Stylish and sporty-looking, this hybrid shoe is a great fashion staple one could wear more off the court than for playing in.
However, the complexity of its design and colors (for some colorways) make the Jordan Spizike a less versatile pair in the style department. It limits one’s outfit choices as it is crucial to find the correct set of wardrobe that would still look stylish and visually pleasing when paired with this high tops.
Fit & Sizing
The Jordan Spizike is offered in men’s sizes ranging from 7 to 18 in D Standard width. Half sizes are available up to 12.5. The fit is true to size in length for most reviewers, but there are several of those that find the width somehow narrow in the toe box. Opting for a half size larger than the usual gives a more comfortable fit especially for wide-footed wearers.
The high-cut construction of this shoe did not disappoint the wearers as it provides great ankle support. The overall hold and support of the Spizike are excellent, considering that it is based on a basketball shoe silhouette.
What makes the Jordan Spizike a one-of-a-kind sneaker is that it is a fusion of signature design elements of several famous Air Jordan shoes. Each feature stands out individually in their way, but somehow collectively makes the entirety of the shoe attractive for Jordan followers and even the general market.
Regardless of colorway, the elephant print detailing almost always gives an oomph on the upper. The visible air sole unit is always there as well, similar to the heel tab and the signature lace locks.
- The leather and synthetic upper contributes to the shoe’s overall durability
- There are mesh side panels that allow foot ventilation.
- The collar is sufficiently padded for enhanced fit and in-shoe comfort.
- The Spizike’s influence also reached the music community. The 2008 song “It’s All About the Air Jordans” by A Day After Tomorrow band was about a pair of Jordan Spizikes. Coldplay’s Chris Martin also wore a NikeID-customized pair of Jordan Spizike during the band’s international A Head Full of Dreams Tour.