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.
The sneaker is designed in a cleatie construction meaning that the upper is built in one-piece to administer a sock-like feel when worn. The semi-circular shaped collar which is also made on a continuous piece is lightly padded with heel and tongue pull tabs for easier access. The lining, as well as the toe cap, are of mesh nature to add a lightweight and comfortable feel.
Cushioning comes from the REVlite midsole which is 30% lighter than standard soles. For men and women who would like to cop a pair, the sneaker is available in full size runs with half sizes. Men's sizes range from 5 to 13 while women vary from 3 to 11. Its width is of medium length.
Finding the right apparel to match the sneaker is not of a big problem considering its pointy triangular image. Being sleek with strategical aesthetic placements made the sneaker eligible to be partnered with almost everything. New Balance also re-emphasized the classic "N" logo and sharpened its outline to add to the modern appeal.
The collar exhibits an almost circular form which is a break from traditional New Balance entrances. Some iterations have reflective N logos to add chic and early warning during low light conditions. A 247 label is positioned at the tongue pull tab.
New Balance is a company known to involve themselves with comfort and function in a basic and simple silhouette. Although many of their past models were known to disregard aesthetics, recent iterations buried the "Dad shoe" connotation with spontaneous releases of stylish yet functional editions.
In 2016, New Balance broke the barrier of fashion and casual wear with their release of the New Balance 247. The breakthrough design pulled out hints from prestigious shoe numbers like the 576 and the 998. It took the 576' toe cap concept which is complemented by the coveted REVLite midsole from the 998. The New Balance 247 Friends and Family Pack was the first version that was released in December 2016. It was the 247's teaser introduction which was only limited to 247 pairs.
Since 2016, the 247 was revamped into numerous colorways and was introduced to the public in full-size runs. Staying honest to the original silhouette, the recent models remastered the saddle vamp overlay and morphed into a more contemporary figure. Different editions also overtook the model including a sports variety, leather, luxe, and classic. The sneaker was splashed with almost every possible hue from earth-tone colors to bright neon.
It's no wonder that a lucrative collaboration between J. Crew and New Balance would soon include the 247 into their line-up of exclusive colorways. The NB x J. Crew 247 offers designs that are not found in general retail stores with a relatively reasonable price of $80.
- The upper consists of mesh and synthetic materials.
- A durable rubber outsole with octagonal notches provides ample traction and grip.
- The REVLite midsole is 30% lighter than standard midsole components which also administer the same responsive feature and durability.
- Some retailers market the sneaker as a workout shoe for people on the go.