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 Max 1 SI History
Running has been in Nike’s DNA since its inauguration in the late 60s when the company was still established as Blue Ribbon Sports. Heck, even if its founders were still selling shoes from the trunk of the car, running was always the core concept of each product sold. Since the release of the Waffle Racer, Nike never stopped innovating their catalog of performance-enhancing models.
The creation of the Cortez was a step closer to world domination though it became world-renowned a couple of decades after with the release of the film Forrest Gump. The coveted running sneaker features a cleaved density midsole which allows the proper amount of shock to be absorbed and at the same time provide stability while running. The outside-the-box thinking was maintained over the years which gave birth to the Nike Air Tailwind in 1979.
Experimenting on how to put air in between the soles, Frank Rudy approached Nike to break away from his scientific work at NASA. Rudy invented a way to encapsulate air and close it within a bubble which can then be integrated to the shoe for a whole new way of cushioning.
The Nike Air Tailwind’s use of the Air-Sole unit is followed by the Nike Air Force 1 which was a promising basketball shoe back in the day. It was seen at the feet of Moses Malone, Michael Cooper, Jamaal Wilkes, Calvin Natt, Bobby Jones, and Mychal Thompson posing for an ad with a shiny Air Force 1 in a metallic font being the centerpiece.
Nike didn’t stop there. In the mid-80s, they hired the then relatively young Tinker Hatfield to design a shoe which showcases the Air-Sole unit on the heel. Hatfield, inspired by Paris’ Pompidou Centre, obliged by giving Nike and the audience what they want made the Air-Sole visible with matching beams and pillars.
They called it the Air Max 1, a first of its kind which would spark a platoon of successors bearing the visible air. The sneaker was officially introduced to the public in 1987 and even generated a controversy when they bought the rights to use The Beatles’ iconic “Revolution” song for its marketing campaign.
Almost thirty years after its birth, the Nike Air Max 1 receives a remake in the embodiment of the Nike Air Max 1 SI which features air vents on the supposedly overlay around the perimeter of the shoe.
Nike Air Max 1 SI Style
Women with a sporty attitude can wear the Nike Air Max 1 SI with leggings, jeggings, or shorts to emphasize the sneaker’s outgoing appeal. Those who would root for the summer look can wear them with casual sundresses or capri pants perfect for sporting them for walks on the park or beach pavements.
Fit & Sizing
Laces cover up the lockdown system of the low top sneaker which is even made convenient by the padded collar and tongue. Underfoot cushioning is administered by the coveted visible Air-Sole unit in the heel. Women who desire to have a pair can purchase these in sizes ranging from 5 to 11 which are all constructed in B medium width.
Maximizing the summer season is easy with the Nike Air Max 1 SI thanks to its breathable panels with perforations surrounding the sneaker. Prominent colorways of the sneaker include the Optic White, Pastel Pink, and Barely Green.
- The upper materials are composed of leather and mesh.
- The rubber outsole with waffle-pattern provides traction and grip.
- Perforations can also be seen on the toe box.
- Insoles are removable.