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
Shoes under the New Balance Numeric collection have a narrow fit. The brand suggests to order half-size bigger than the New Balance lifestyle shoes for a true fit. The Quincy 254 variations are in men’s sizing. It is generally available from 6 to 13 US size in standard width. However, some of the colorways may not have the complete range of sizes.
New Balance Quincy 254 Style
The Quincy 254 was made to rule the streets. A reliable foot gear created to satisfy the needs of skateboarders and a comfortable, slim pair of casual footwear ideal for strutting along the streets. It blends well with jeans, shorts, and practically any everyday wear.
Skateboarding can pose a great degree of strain on the feet and skaters rely on the flexibility of their shoe to have fuller control over their decks. The vulcanized aspect of the Quincy 254 is its standout quality.
Unlike its counterpart, the cup soled variety made with a thicker sole, this vulc shoe is slimmer and thinner, and weigh less. The Quincy 254 vulc finish gives its user the freedom of movement and board feel to be able to achieve various kinds of tricks such as grind, ollie, and slide.
New Balance Quincy 254 History
New Balance has worked over a century in building its a solid reputation in the footwear industry. Back in the early 1900s, they were called New Balance Arch Support Company, recognized for their orthopedic shoes.
Gradually the brand leaped from one sport to another, creating innovative variations for running, tennis, cross-training, hiking, and hoops. In 2013, the Massachusetts-based brand glided into the streets to cater the rising culture of skateboarding. It created an entire line of skate shoes which it called New Balance Numeric.
It has built a young community and teamed up with some of the notable skateboarders across the globe, such as PJ Ladd, Arto Saari, Levi Brown, Tom Karangelov, Tyler Surrey, Tom Knox, Jordan Taylor, Marquise Henry, Jack Curtin, Jordan Trahan, among many others.
New Balance took cues from its reputable running trainers and remastered timeless skate shoes that has drawn interest to skateboard communities across continents.
One of the familiar skating silhouettes by this American brand is the Quincy 254, which ricochets an equally premium performing brand of decks with a US trademark. The Quincy 254 joins its skateboarding brothers: its nearly identical Brighton 344, and the better performing ones like the Stratford 479 and the Logan 637.
- The Quincy 254 is available in 11 gradient upper variations: pure black; black and white; black with gum (tan colored rubber sole); black with gray and red (lining); stone with black and tan (branding and heel tab); slate (grayish) with black; olive with gum; cloud with gum; team red; sea salt (off white) with black and a reverse colorway of black with sea salt.
- The bottom portion of this vulcanized shoe consists of multi layers of rubber which are bonded together before it is attached to the upper using a strip of rubber called Foxing Tape. This strip is then wrapped around the outer wall of the shoe sole.
- A layer of molded EVA insole, which is a soft cushioning underneath the foot, provides the comfy fit and protection against impacts.
- The flip side of the shoe has honeycomb-like pattern with varying thickness in the high-wearing areas, particularly under the ball of the foot and heel.
- The outsole is made of N-durance rubber outsole, an authentic gum that delivers superb strength and grip.
- Toe protection is built into the forefoot area to withstand repeated use over a relatively long period of time.
- The upper is made of durable suede.