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.
Nike Air Huarache SE History
Tinker Hatfield’s undying Nike Air Huarache was introduced to an overawed sneaker world in 1991. The iconic designer took inspiration from water skiing to come up with a foot hugging fit that is still incredibly comfortable and supportive. To pull this off, he used a neoprene and spandex sock that were never previously used as a combination before.
Since the shoe was geared towards running, the opinion-dividing and very prominent external heel strap became a much-loved feature by those who need support. Coupled with the full-length Phylon midsole, and people suddenly have a very innovative and visually-enticing sneaker at their disposal.
Nike started expanding the Huarache line through its Cross Trainer, Burst, Basketball, and Racer models. The Huarache fever easily spread from the running world to the various disciplines with the release of these new models.
It wasn’t long before celebrities started sporting these kicks. The shoe was conspicuously featured in a couple of Jerry Seinfeld episodes. Another famous personality to don this sneaker was Olympic champion runner, Michael Johnson. The latter even did commercials for the Air Huarache.
Currently, the shoe is available in so many variations and in different highly sought-after collaborations. It’s almost impossible to see the shoe’s popularity waning soon.
Nike Air Huarache SE Style
The lasting impression made by the Nike Air Huarache is very much identifiable in the SE version. While the timeless appeal is evident, the new and vibrant colors provide a more updated allure for those who are looking for a sneaker that is versatile enough to mix the old and new. It matches well with almost all casual outfits, particularly for a walk around town.
Fit & Sizing
As the Nike Air Huarache SE takes its roots in running, it offers excellent hold and support courtesy of the huge external heel strap. Providing that snug, but comfortable fit is an inner bootie. The men’s sizes are from 6 to 14 while the women’s are from 5.5 to 11. It generally runs true to size.
Pretty much the biggest giveaway about the Huarache SE is the huge external heel counter. This is the biggest point of contention among hordes of Huarache fans through the years. As divisive as it is, it is also one of the reasons why this silhouette is easily one of the most recognizable in the world.
The heel counter was designed to give support and lockdown feel in the heel section. As the shoe has taken on a very streetwear style, different variations and iterations of the Huarache has used different color schemes to either hide or to bring out the best of this external heel counter.
Inside the shoe is another notable feature that is not readily apparent. The bootie-style construction creates a snug, but comfortable feel. It is also one of the key concepts in the Huarache that almost all fans have always loved since it was first released.
- The Swoosh retains the easily recognizable Waffle outsole. It provides durability and enhances cushioning.
- A neoprene bootie hugs the foot like a second skin.
- A Phylon midsole with coupled with Nike’s proprietary Air Technology provide cushioning and responsiveness.
- For an additional price, sneaker fans can customize their Nike Air Huarache SE.
- There are several perforations in the upper that increase the shoe’s ventilation.