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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.

  • 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
    $85
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Underfoot pleasure is provided by the REVlite cushioning technology which is 30% lighter than standard midsole materials. Men can purchase a pair with sizes ranging from 4 to 13 with half sizes. Women can go 1.5 sizes down from the men's standard but bear in mind that the sneaker is built in a D medium width.

It is always a pleasure to strut New Balance 420's and now that it is given a lighter midsole retooling, regularly wearing it would most certainly settle as a first option. Hang out clothes like jeans or shorts radiate a relaxing vibe to the overall outfit but bear in mind that skinny jeans accentuate the outline of the sneaker more. Various colorway combinations already showcase the versatility of the sneaker's style which is best used if worn during spring or summer days.

Known as one of the pioneer sneakers carrying the New Balance saddle tech, the 420 Re-Engineered Suede keeps the fire burning by maintaining the design of the lacing system intact. One of the distinct changes on this sneaker was the introduction of a REVlite midsole which is an update from the previous EVA or ENCAP versions.

To make sure that it is of the same title, a label in the insole declares that the sneaker is "Re-Engineered" under the New Balance branding.

The eighties was a significant decade for New Balance considering that they started off selling arch supports from across the globe since the dawn of the 20th century. But with the massive success of the Trackster comes many subsequent models bearing the pride of the spark plug running shoe.

The 420 was a birth child of this ideology and was created initially to provide runners with another technological option that could help their capabilities in the long run. Originally, the sneaker contains an ENCAP cushioning technology. ENCAP disperses the impact of every strike while also administering stability. To top that off, New Balance also debuted their Lunaris Pillow tech which absorbs the impact of the footsteps on the ground. It was considered as one of the breakthrough technologies of the era when running was a booming enterprise.

The hype over the ingenious sneaker stooped down a bit after decades but come 2008; the sneaker was re-released into four colorways which followed the resurrection of a fellow archival model called the 320. From then on, the 420 gained popularity momentum which shows no further signs of stopping.

New Balance gave the 420 a distinct revamp regarding its sole and material construction evident with the New Balance 420 Re-Engineered Suede. The sneaker scraps the original ENCAP midsole and replaces a lighter REVlite cushioning to its already light silhouette. With a brilliant mix of suede and nylon, it garnishes its overall image with contrasting colored uppers with a white midsole.

  • A high abrasion rubber outsole with wave-like grooves employ exceptional traction and grip against surfaces.
  • New Balance branding can be seen on the tongue, insole, and heel tab. Three "NB" logos are positioned at the heel part of the outsole.
  • The sneaker utilizes a lace system of an enclosure for its lockdown which can go through six eyelets.

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