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 659 men’s sneaker is available in a generous size range from 5 to 14 including half sizes. The low top sneaker is made into a bootie-style construction for maximum comfort and an optimum fit. It also follows a D medium width sizing.
New Balance 659 Style
With a ready-to-wear framework and a sleek, durable assembly, the men’s New Balance 659 ensures a versatile form. The bootie-style construction of its upper can be partnered with many comfortable clothes like joggers and stretchy pants. Skaters who would like to try the facade can partner it with denim jeans for an added crunch on style and function.
The New Balance 659 men’s athletic shoes sit on top of a REVlite midsole which provides durability and responsiveness in a 30% lighter material. The iconic N saddle overlay straps on the laces which can either be laced or tucked in to resemble a slip-on.
New Balance 659 History
Taking into account the numerous running-infused years of New Balance, one might say that it technically stows away from anything with wheels in it. This, though, was not always the case. A turning point event happened in the far reaches of 2012 where a particular Jamie Thomas announced in December that there would be a merger between Black Box Distribution and New Balance. The birthchild of the collaboration was a promising sub-category called New Balance Numeric, which focuses on New Balance skate shoes.
A lot of iterations were born under the promising franchise, and for a time, the New Balance Numeric group kept up with dominant skateboarding brands. Skaters like Levi Brown, Tom Karangelov, Arto Saari, and PJ Ladd were featured in the introductory video released in 2013. Other board rockstars include Jordan Taylor, Franky Villani, Jamie Foy and many more, thus the continuous growth of the NB community.
With this collection in mind, New Balance launches the New Balance 659 which is a skate-inspired sneaker under the Court Classics subdivision. Court Classics feature shoes designed similarly with tennis silhouettes, with its flat-to-the-ground nature can be highly mistaken as skate footwear. Overlays on the shoe’s toe front and other design cues give the New Balance 659 a ready to roll flair.
- The sneaker is also labeled as New Balance AM659.
- Colorways include Black with White, Conch Shell with Navy, White with Blue, Black, Burgundy with Black, Grey with White.
- The overlays are no-sew, and the underlays are made up of mesh.
- Traction is administered by the rubber outsole.