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.
Fit & Sizing
Although the New Balance Rainier Remastered is a unisex model, it is only available in men’s sizes from 7 to 13 in medium width. It has a lace-up closure looped on a D-ring eyelet for a secure fit. This mid-top shoe has a well-padded ankle collar and tongue for a comfortable fit and enhanced ankle support. This pair generally runs true to size.
New Balance Rainier Remastered Style
The New Balance Rainier Remastered is a mid-top silhouette with full-grain leather and nylon upper. These materials successfully blended the luxurious vibe and the athletic appeal of this pair. Although this model looks more of a hiking boot, NB boasts about its lightness and comfort just like wearing a sneaker. The HL170 Remastered is offered in 2 earth-tone colorways. Most wearers suggest of sporting this with joggers, rolled up skinny pants or even shorts. Some women can be spotted donning this with their dresses or leggings.
The shiny and high-rate leather upper of the New Balance Rainier Remastered makes this very notable for many buyers. This full-grain leather adds luxurious flair and at the same time delivers durability to this pair.
New Balance Rainier Remastered History
In 1982, New Balance and mountaineer Lou Whittaker, of the Rainier Mountaineering, collaborated to come up with a hiking boot. They wanted to create a lightweight boot that they could use when ascending the Mount Everest North Wall.
New Balance dubbed this boot as the HL170 Rainier. This boot was a breakthrough for the outdoor industry. Historically, boots are heavy and rigid that is why NB and Whittaker designed a lightweight and durable pair to improve the mobility of the wearers and has better ventilation.
More than 30 years had passed, the Rainier is back from the archive. The Rainier Remastered features the same elements of the first version but with updated materials. New Balance used the HL170 silhouette and incorporated waterproofing material and a more grippy rubber outsole.
- The Gore-Tex inner lining provides waterproof protection and enhances the durability of this pair.
- The flying “NB” logo from the 80s was replaced by the N logo in the Remastered version.
- The ballistic nylon on the upper is a very durable and abrasion resistant material. It was intended for military workforces to shield them from bullets, shrapnels and ballistic impacts.
- The lugged rubber Vibram outsole provides grip on uneven terrain and on wet exteriors.
- The pigskin inner lining adds plush comfort and luxurious appeal.