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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
    $100
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New Balance 520 Hairy Suede History

From pulling the concept of balance from chicken's feet to designing their first running shoe, New Balance had drawn the right strings to reach their current well-loved status. But beneath the realm of its topsy-turvy bestowment from one mother producer to another, archival silhouettes under its umbrella made a name for themselves especially those who are considered retro for the current generation. With their distinct numbering system, every iteration delivers a new kind of glory to its already rich heritage.

The 500's line, including the famous 574, was released during the transitioning period of running models to lifestyle approaches which was the 80s. One of these runners includes the utilitarian yet straightforward, of course, it was during that time, 520 shoes which served as concept model for upcoming versions. It was one of the models that were first introduced the separated saddle that also comes in an extended design.

The vintage sneaker was in line for a revamp in 2017 and was first witnessed in the 520 Hairy Suede Pack. In this ambitious resurrection, the 520 was given a brushed up appeal along with its suede overlays with matching nylon underlays to complement the look. It also utilizes the traditional EVA compound for midsole tooling that was used by its predecessor too.

The 520 also received another release which was simultaneous to its hairy counterpart but features a simple design under the collection New Balance 520 pack. It was first witnessed on July 1, 2017, which is the same date as the Hairy Suede franchise. This time, the classic 520 utilizes a gum rubber outsole to keep its time-preserved old school look.

New Balance 520 Hairy Suede Style

Retro New Balance editions would most likely display a low top collar due to its maximum freedom of movement figure. The New Balance 520 Hairy Suede dresses up this low top sneaker with fuzzy detailing on its upper to give shape to the sleek silhouette. Going sporty with it is perfect especially when rocking joggers or casual shorts for the road. It also would not hurt to dress up on these rockers with jeans and polo shirts. Two prominent colorways were introduced on its debut including the Mallard Blue and off-white.

Fit & Sizing

Underfoot cushioning is administered by the standard EVA midsole which is supported by a nylon interior for wrap-around comfort. The sneaker uses laces for its system of lockdown which goes through five eyelets plus one optional hole on the collar for a better snug.

Men can purchase a pair in full-size runs with half sizes starting from 7 to 13. Women who are in love with it can grab one by going 1.5 sizes down from the men's. This sneaker is constructed in D medium width.

Notable Features

One of the key elements on the sneakers exterior is the fizzed up suede overlays on the vamp, heel counter, and the one wrapping around the toe. The toe cap also has a rugged design on which the medial part is thicker just right above the tip of the shoe. A stitched "N" branding can be seen on both sides of the shoe.

Additional Info

  • New Balance labels are positioned at the tongue, insole, and on the heel tab. Another "NB" branding is featured on the outsole.
  • A high abrasion rubber outsole provides excellent traction and grip.
  • The sneaker was adopted by J. Crew who released two colorways which are Khaki and Cactus.

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