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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The mid-top Keen Austin Casual Waterproof Cleat is available from 7 to 17, in US sizing. Many commented that it runs large. It would be advisable to reduce at least a half size from the wearer’s usual measurements to get the most desirable fit.
Custom orthotics can be used on this mid-top, because of the removable metatomical EVA insole. This footbed provides moderate arch support and molds to the shape of the user’s foot.
Under no circumstances, the Keen Austin Casual Waterproof Cleat is considered eye-catching. It doesn’t have any intricate detailing on its water-resistant premium leather upper. Still, its straightforward design has endeared a lot of customers. By having the appearance of a hiking cleat or a work shoe, it definitively raised its rate of wearability. With its monochromatic color options, the mid-top blends in naturally with casual or semi-formal clothes.
As the name implies, the sneaker provides a remarkable degree of water resistance, thanks to the PFC-free water repellent aspect of the premium leather upper. Keen has used Cleansport NXT on most of its shoes for natural odor control, and the Austin Casual Waterproof Cleat is no different. For added comfort, a breathable mesh lining is situated on the interior.
The Keen Austin is one of the pioneer shoes of the brand. It was originally released in 2003, the inaugural year of the Keen company itself. Since its introduction until today, the Keen Austin has remained in production, thanks to the overwhelmingly positive responses it got from wearers. Numerous follow-up models have been released over the years. One of the recent additions, the Keen Austin Casual Waterproof Cleat, is a mid-top water-resistant variety of the 2003 classic.
- The leather upper came from LGW-certified tanneries.
- Its midsole is made from compression-molded EVA.
- Color options are Black / Raven and Chocolate Brown / Black Olive.