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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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.
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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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Monkey Time x Asics Gel-Lyte V History
One of the most popular sneaker silhouettes from Japanese shoe brand Asics is the Gel-Lyte V, the fifth model (there was never a Gel-Lyte IV because Japan considers the number four unlucky) in the Gel-Lyte series that released initially in 1993 and re-introduced in October 2013. It features a mono-tongue fit system, GEL padding around the heel, P-GEL at the forefoot, and a sleeker and more form-fitting silhouette than its predecessor – the Asics Gel-Lyte III. Since it launched 25 years ago, the Gel-Lyte V continuously receives several releases in different colorways and collaborations.
Asics first hold its collaborative project with United Arrows’ sub-line Monkey Time, a Japanese streetwear retailer, back in 2015 for the Gel-Lyte V running silhouette. On May 9, 2015, the Monkey Time x Asics Gel Lyte V “Lights and Shadows” in a black and white premium leather upper with speckle details in the midsole was released at BEAUTY&YOUTH United Arrows locations in Japan and select global Asics retailers. It was later on made available in the US on June 13, 2015.
In celebration of Japan Day, Asics again collaborated with Monkey Time for the second colorway of the Monkey Time x Asics Gel-Lyte V silhouette. Released in January 2016 at $130 was the Monkey Time x Asics Gel-Lyte V “Sand Layer” featuring a solid sand colorway as inspired by the sand dunes.
In November 2016, the two again released a new colorway of the Gel-Lyte V – the Monkey Time x Asics Gel-Lyte V "Dress Up." This colorway features an all-black colorway that suits even formal attire. It features black leather, waxed laces, and a speckled heel.
Monkey Time x Asics Gel-Lyte V Style
The Monkey Time x Asics Gel-Lyte V follows the silhouette of the iconic Gel-Lyte V. These running-inspired collaboration sneakers are available in colorways with athletic and clean looks that can take you anywhere from day-to-night. The “Dress Up” colorway, in particular, is dressy and stylish enough to be used with formal outfits.
Fit & Sizing
The Monkey Time x Asics Gel-Lyte V is available in men’s sizing from US 5 to 14, including half sizes, in D Standard width.
Based on a running shoe silhouette, this Asics low-top sneaker has sufficient hold and support with adequate reinforcements on the upper. The unique mono-tongue fit system and the traditional lace closure provide a snug and customized fit. The collar is well-padded for additional comfort.
The Gel-Lyte V is one of the most recognized sneaker silhouettes of Asics. But the design details and added touches to the shoe's overall aesthetics make this Monkey Time collaboration different from the regular Gel-Lyte Vs. Regardless of colorway, the Monkey Time x Asics Gel-Lyte V features speckled detail on the heel, sock-like fit provided by the unique mono-tongue fit system, and, of course, the Gel cushioning system.
The upper materials, including shoelaces, vary depending on the colorway. The "Lights and Shadows" and "Sand Layer" colorways both have a noticeable perforated toe box for breathability, which is replaced by leather in the “Dress Up” colorway for a formal aesthetic.
- Asics branding are presented on the tongue and the heel.
- The heel counter of the “Sand Layer” colorway is accented with hairy suede for added aesthetics.