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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The Nike Air Foamposite One is available in men’s sizes which range from 7 to 15, with some half sizes offered as well. The shoe runs small and narrow, so buyers are advised to go up a half size to a full size bigger. No dimensions for women yet but a women’s exclusive Air Foamposite One will be released in December of this year.
Sneaker fans should not be daunted by the Nike Air Foamposite One’s contemporary look. This shoe goes well with most type of casual clothes including shorts, jeans, and black joggers.
The Air Foamposite One features a Foamposite upper which helps mold the shoe to the wearer’s foot. It also utilizes a polyurethane midsole and the Zoom Air-Sole technology for responsive cushioning. An inner cleatie gives the shoe a sock-like feel, and a translucent outsole made of rubber provides it durable grip.
The Nike Air Foamposite One first debuted in 1997. The original colorway was a dark neon royal blue. It quickly became Penny Hardaway’s signature shoe and was one of the priciest basketball shoes of that era. It had a futuristic look and was made up of a seamless liquid Foam mold, carbon-fiber midfoot plate, and a Zoom air unit. It looked bulky, and the masses did not warm up to it at first, but it has over time, turned into a cult classic.
The Air Foamposite One’s idea came from a molded sunglass case made of EVA foam. Eric Avar, the lead designer of the Air Foamposite, says they wanted to create a seamless shoe that would conform to the feet just like the case did to the object inside it. The design, on the other hand, was inspired by a beetle’s exoskeleton. It took them three years to create a shoe just like the one they envisioned.
In 2007, after ten years from its initial debut, The Air Foamposite One was again released in its original colorway as well as in Black/Anthracite, Black/Red, and Black/Cactus. A year later, a very rare colorway named Dark Army was released by House of Hoops.
During 2009, the now iconic Eggplant colorway was released. It came back out in 2010 along with the Copper and Cough Drop colorways. A tribute pack to Penny Hardaway designed by Sole Collector dropped in 2011, with an astronomical price tag of $1,000.
The year 2012 saw a lot of new colorways being released. It was also the year that marked the start of the Foamposite madness where one guy even offered his car in exchange for the very rare Galaxy colorway. Another notable colorway released during this year was designed in collaboration with Laika Studios to promote the movie ParaNorman. It had bright green soles and a smoke print on the shell. An embroidered “Weird Wins” can be seen on the heel.
Year on year since 2012, several colorways of the shoe dropped, including printed ones such as the Weatherman. It wasn’t until 2014 when the black and red Supreme versions were released that pandemonium, such as in the time of the Galaxy, reigned again. Vast numbers of fans gathered in one of Supreme’s store location, causing the in-store release to be scrapped and the shoes sold online instead.
This 2017, Nike celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Air Foamposite One by revisiting classic colorways and releasing retro renditions. They will also release a new edition in November called Legion Green. Meanwhile, a new color called Abalone is planned for the spring of 2018.
- The Air Foamposite One first debuted on the feet of NBA’s Mike Bibby.
- It is one of the most-sought after retro shoes.