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    Low Top

    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

    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.

    High Top

    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.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    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.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    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.

  • Price
    $60
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Fit & Sizing

This women-exclusive sneaker is offered from 5 to 11 US in medium width. It has an adjustable lace-up closure system that can be tightened or loosened up depending on the wearer's preference. The brand injected Ortholite insole that delivers cushioning for all-day comfort.

Keds x Alaina Marie Kickstart Mesh Waves Style

The low-top Keds x Alaina Marie Kickstart Mesh Waves features the classic canvas upper with a lace-up fastening of the Kickstart silhouette and revamped with teal mesh details on the side panels for added flair. The brand used gold metal eyelets and Keds brandings to deliver plush vibe while staying casually sporty. Many ladies strut this striking kick with any casual ensemble, such as jeans, shorts, skirts, and dresses.

Notable Features

The unique teal mesh panels and the gold rings on its eyelets make the Keds x Alaina Marie Kickstart Mesh Waves noteworthy for many buyers and onlookers. The mesh details echo the nautical heritage of Alaina Marie Harris, and the gold details add a low-key plush element. These details were added to give its wearers standout ensemble even when paired with the usual everyday casual attire.

Keds x Alaina Marie Kickstart Mesh Waves History

Since it was founded a century ago, Keds has always been determined to empower females through its products. The brand has stayed faithful to their mission by employing mostly ladies in its team to boost the women-empowerment statement to the modern society further.

In 2017, the Ladies for Ladies collection was launched that emphasizes the creativity and flair of the women entrepreneurs. This series focuses on celebrating the skills of the women by creating fresh and new content that could connect with the modern market. The brand gave their women entrepreneur partner free rein in developing their take on Keds' silhouette, which will help in paving the way for better opportunities for them.

In the second quarter of 2017, Keds unveiled another collaboration with a female bag designer. Alaina Marie Harris, the founder of Alaina Marie bags, was authorized by Keds to use their classic silhouettes and inject it with Harris' signature pattern and motifs. This Keds x Alaina Marie series launched under the Ladies for Ladies collection and highlights the nautical-heritage of Harris - Portland, Maine.

Most of the sneakers created by Keds x Alaina Marie collab displays designs inspired by the lobsterman's bait bag. Few shoes also exhibit patterns that reflect the movement of water on the open sea. Included in this partnership series is the reinterpretation of the Kickstart called the Keds x Alaina Kickstart Mesh Waves.

Additional Info

  • This model has two sets of laces - one pair with teal marks and the other has neon caps.
  • This sneaker has a flexible rubber outsole that provides reliable traction.
  • 'AM' gold branding can be found on the heel.
  • Alaina Marie Harris was born in Portland, Maine and turned famous for her bags, wallets, and accessories that took design cues from the coastal environment of Maine. Majority of her designs have hints of fisherman's bait bags.

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