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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Nike Air Footscape NM History
Since its first release in 1996, many sneaker fans have a love-hate relationship with the Nike Air Footscape NM. While others may not find first looks of the foot-hugging and asymmetrical design appealing, the in-shoe feel of this cult classic definitely blew them away as the promised comfort and soft cushioning are immediately fulfilled.
Researched and developed by Nike’s Advanced Product Engineering Group and the Nike Sports Research Lab, the running shoe is a product of the group’s conscious effort to relieve the stress on the foot and design a shoe that would be responsive to the needs of the feet making the entire in-shoe experience as comfortable as possible.
Nike researchers studied the structure of the human foot from the bones, arches, ligaments, and nerves to determine the average foot after an extensive sampling and analysis by the Nike Sports Research Laboratory and the Advanced Product Engineering Group.
The result of this research is the proprietary Footscape design silhouette that allows Nike to integrate with precision their designing process for athletes. As a result of this research, athletes are given greater comfort and response to the natural forces experienced during rigorous physical activities like running.
In 1996, the first Nike Footscape OG first came out in Varsity Royal and Zen Gray colorways as the shoe sports black neoprene material on the upper with a stretchy elastic tongue. The initial release also featured an off-white mesh upper which squares off evenly with the white midsole.
Soon other shoes that adhere to the Footscape design were released including the Nike Air Stasis, Nike Air Footscape 2 Presto, Nike Air Footscape Woven Chukka, Nike Air Footscape Woven TZ, and Nike Air Footscape Magista.
Nike Air Footscape NM Style
As the classic sneaker shifted from its original running roots into a lifestyle sneaker, the Nike Air Footscape NM has also improved in terms of style. Nike has also opened up to the use of new materials from premium or suede leather, mesh, rubber, textile, woven fabric, and synthetic materials for the Nike Air Footscape NM’s upper.
The sneaker has also gained an audience among the fans of eccentric sneakers because of its asymmetric design and waffle pattern outsole.
Further improving its versatility in terms of style, Nike designers have also released various colorways and materials depending on the season with their Spring /Summer and Fall/Winter releases in various colorways to capture a hip and trendier generation of customers.
Fit & Sizing
The Nike Air Footscape NM runs true to size and with Footscape technology from Nike’s designers adjusts well to the shape as well as the movement of the feet guaranteeing a comfortable stride. The sneakers have an asymmetrical lacing system that distributes the pressure in the upper for a more snug lockdown and perfect fitting. Shoes are released in limited batches through retailers in men’s sizes and medium - D width from US size 5 to 17.
For a sneaker that is a product of extensive research, the Nike Air Footscape NM’s silhouette may be its most notable feature. An injected Footscape midsole was engineered with deep Flex Grooves by Nike designers for flexibility and comfort across all types of surface and further promising reliable traction for various movements. The silhouette matches the natural profile and kinematics of the human foot while its alternative fit accommodates the dynamics of foot motion resulting in a new type of comfort that does not go against the natural response to forces experienced during heavy physical activities.
- Waffle pattern outsole has speckled design for a trendier look.
- Pull tabs can be found on the heel and tongue for easy entry and exit of the footwear.
- Nike Air sole unit at the heel provides cushioning and shock absorption capabilities.
- Celebrities spotted wearing the Nike Footscape NM are American rappers Stalley, Wale, and Nick Young. The elusive UK Hip-Hop and R&B star Frank Ocean were also spotted wearing the sneakers.
- NBA star LeBron James was also spotted wearing the woven version of the shoe.