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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Fit & Sizing
The New Balance 424 is a men’s silhouette that’s available in sizes ranging from 5 to 14 in 2E width. Women may also purchase the 424, but it has to be noted that there’s generally a 1.5 size difference between the shoe measurements of men from the women. Since the shoe reportedly runs small, women may get away with sizing down just one full size from their normal shoe size instead of 1.5.
The shoe is slightly narrow, and wide-footed users may have trouble putting it on.
New Balance 424 Style
Sneakers aren’t meant only for sporty outfits. You can also style them up for smarter occasions. The New Balance 424 can be dressed up with pants, a collared shirt, and a cotton jacket that preferably matches the color of your sneaker. Women can style the 424 with sleek pants, a fitted turtleneck, and a cotton jacket in a contrasting color to your top to make your outfit pop.
In 2013, New Balance set the running community on fire with the introduction of the Fresh Foam technology which made the sole much lighter, springier, and more resistant to impact. The New Balance 424 makes use of this technology and as a result, feels light on the board and on the feet yet durable enough to handle any skating trick.
New Balance 424 History
The New Balance Athletics, Inc. was founded more than a century ago by British emigrant William J. Riley. The company originally focused on manufacturing arch supports and other products designed to help shoes fit better. It wasn’t until 1960 when New Balance went into producing footwear. Their first foray into the world of sneakers was the “Trackster,” a running shoe with a ripple sole. Not only was it the first runner with a ripple sole, but it was also the first to come in varying widths.
Through word of mouth, the New Balance company’s reputation spread. It also helped that the business was based in Boston which was the center of the fitness and running craze of the 70s. New Balance quickly grew and expanded and added more offerings to its shoe lineup which now also includes lifestyle, skating, lacrosse, and more.
The New Balance 424 is a skateboarding sneaker with a clean one-piece toe, perf details on the toe box area, suede and mesh upper, and durable rubber outsoles.
- The New Balance 424 weighs approximately 370 grams per shoe.
- The 424 is available in several color schemes including, but not limited to, grey with navy, Atlantic with camel and light grey, sea salt with camel and navy, and more.