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.
New Balance Niobium History
The New Balance Niobium or otherwise referred to as the Niobium Boot first dropped in October 2016 as one of the brand's sorts of entry to the sneaker-boot trend. Inspired by running shoes, notably the New Balance 577 and MT580, and with a futuristic hiker boot look, it released in two colorway options - the gray nubuck and the suede black.
Both colorways feature a thick sockliner, a side zip and lace closure with D-ring metal eyelets, a Gore-Tex lining to keep the feet dry, and a winterized ENCAP midsole for added comfort. The Niobium received a V2 version in 2017.
New Balance Niobium Style
One of New Balance's takes on the sneaker-boot trend, the New Balance Niobium is a mid-top sneaker with premium suede, or nubuck upper made and equipped to keep the feet dry through its Gore-Tex lining. It has a rugged but modern style perfect for a sporty outdoor look or a casual street style get up. Pair it with a basic jeans and shirt combo for a relaxed but stylish look, and you're good to go.
Fit & Sizing
The New Balance Niobium is available in men's sizing from 7 to 13 in D medium width, half sizes included. It generally fits true to size. With a silhouette initially based on a running shoe, in addition to its mid-top structure, this shoe provides ample hold and support on foot. The fit is secure and snug with its hiking shoelaces. There is also a zip closure on the side that allows easy on/off wearing of the shoe.
It does not take more than one quick look at the New Balance Niobium to notice how it stands out among other typical New Balance models. Its mid-top structure is a given fact, but what adds to its rugged look are the D-ring metal eyelets and the rounded shoelaces that provide more accent to the premium nubuck or suede upper.
More than this are winter-approved functional features that make it, even more, a standout NB offering. Utilized on the upper is Gore-Tex technology that helps it withstand harsh weather conditions. The waterproof upper sits atop a winterized ENCAP midsole for durable cushioning with added stability.
- Also featured in the New Balance Niobium are the winterized ENCAP midsole, New Balance "N" branding on the sides and the gusseted tongue, and a Gore-Tex lining for waterproof protection and durability. The rubber outsole has deep lugs that give the shoe enough grip on any surface.
- The tonal New Balance branding is on the tongue, panel, and heel.