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.
Fit & Sizing
The K-Swiss Court Smash was released in men’s sizes, ranging from 7-14, and in women’s 5-11, with half-size options. It’s offered in medium width, with a true-to-size fit. The shoe has a low collar that lets the ankle move freely. Adjusting the fit should be easy with the sneaker’s lace-up closure. Meanwhile, its synthetic leather upper delivers a robust fit.
K-Swiss Court Smash Style
There are a couple of colorways available for the K-Swiss Court Smash: White/Navy for men and White/White/High-Rise for women. The sneaker showcases an athletic vibe that could go well with a variety of sporty attires. It also has a preppy tennis-inspired touch that could be paired with skirts, polo shirts, dresses, shorts, and slacks.
For a more laidback look, jeans and a simple tee would suit the model’s straightforward and smooth flair. This shoe has a low profile and versatile appeal that could be dressed up or down to suit one’s activities for the day. Whether at the office, attending a party, or hanging out, this sneaker could add an elegant flair to any outfit.
A paneled construction on the leather upper of the K-Swiss Court Smash gives it a sporty appeal. There are perforations on the toe and sides to provide ventilation. Additionally, there is extra padding at the tongue and heel to offer additional comfort for the wearer. The sneaker also features a clean and classic flair with its stitched-in 5 Stripes. On the heel and tongue are K-Swiss logos for a neat branding touch.
K-Swiss Court Smash History
In 1966, K-Swiss was founded in Los Angeles, California, by two brothers of Swiss origin, Ernie and Art Brunner. They had immigrated to the U.S. and developed an interest in tennis. They decided to partner with Swiss Kuenzli to import tennis shoes made with patented leather. Hence, the company’s name became K-Swiss, with the K standing for Kuenzli.
Inspired by ski boots, the Brunner brothers created the K-Swiss Classic shoe, which offered support for aggressive side-to-side tennis movements. It debuted in the Wimbledon court and had since become a tennis staple. A couple of decades later, the brand introduced another classic sneaker, the Gstaad, named after the upscale German ski resort town.
The 1990s was the decade that the brand decided to level up its marketing game. As a result, the label became relevant for young people who lived in urban environments. The brand then entered many other footwear categories beyond tennis, such as basketball, aerobics, and lifestyle. Through it all, K-Swiss stayed true to is tennis heritage, releasing kicks that are inspired by the brand’s archives.
One such model is the low-top K-Swiss Court Smash, which sought to combine all the best performance features that the brand had to offer. This shoe is built for maximum comfort, whether one is playing on the tennis court or walking down the streets. It also has a smooth, tennis-inspired silhouette that gives off a sophisticated air, making it suitable for the different day-to-day activities of modern individuals.
- K-Swiss’s signature Draggaurd and Aosta rubber structures were used on this shoe’s outsole, delivering a supportive, durable, and grippy ride.
- The molded EVA midsole provides cushioning and additional support.
- Additional comfort and responsive support are offered by the EVA sock liner.