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 Thea Ultra SI History
Nike Air cushioning technology has been around as early as the 1970s but it was only in the late 1980s that it took the limelight and even placed the technology on the pedestal for everyone to see. Tinker Hatfield, the man behind other iconic Nike shoe designs such as popular Air Jordan models, decided to take air cushioning technology a little bit higher by visibly exposing them.
Sketching the first prototype for the popular air-cushioned running shoe in Oregon after a trip from Paris, Hatfield was inspired by the Centre Pompidou and its inside-out design. The design of the first Nike Air Max then came to fruition with a tipless vamp reminiscent of the Air Sock Racer and an external heel strap sans the heel counter similar to the Nike Huarache which was yet to be released several years later. Hatfield decided to shelve the initial design and work on a design that would later be Nike Air Max 1.
The first Air Max 1 design revolutionized how we see sneakers today with its visible air cushioning that was designed by Hatfield to be wider for added stability and removed part of the midsole to expose part of the Air Max unit. As the first sneaker from the brand to have an exposed air-cushioned sole, the Nike Air Max 1 was released on March 26, 1987, which would, later on, be celebrated as Air Max Day.
Since then, the Air Max line has revolutionized how we appreciate air cushioning that the company eventually positioned its design to a female audience with the first Nike Air Max Thea coming out in stores in 2013 and has been released in several colorways ever since. Upper materials have also changed from textile, mesh, and leather, Flyknit, woven and knitted materials. The initial design of the Nike Air Max Thea comes from the silhouette of the popular Air Max 90 but with a slimmer sole and lighter material.
Nike Air Max Thea Ultra SI Style
Quality leather gives the Nike Air Max Thea Ultra SI a sophisticated sense of style and deluxe feel. The insole is not spared by the leather treatment as soft leather inside gives wearers a plush and soft experience as soon as their feet enter the shoe. But more than the materials that give this sneaker its stylish flair and comfort are the neutral colorways that have made this women’s sneaker a casual fashion must-have for many women. Among the first colors of the Nike Air Max Thea, Ultra SI includes White, Oatmeal, Black, and Beige.
Fit & Sizing
With a heel pull tab at the back for easy on and off, the Nike Air Max Thea Ultra SI has a snug fit from the soft sockliner. It has flat lacing that secures the foot into the sneaker for women. The shoe is available in women’s US size 5 to 11.
Coming off from the Nike Air Max 90 silhouette, there is not much difference in the features of the Nike Air Max Thea Ultra SI as it features a comfortable air cushioning system with a visible Max Air unit at the heel. But what really makes the difference is the weight of these women’s sneaker as it’s a tad lighter with a thinner rubber outsole and plush feeling when worn because of the polyurethane inserts at the Phylon midsole.
- Nike Air Max Thea Ultra SI has a padded collar that gives targeted cushioning on areas that have more friction to the shoe like the ankles.
- Celebrities spotted wearing the Nike Air Max Thea Ultra SI include Kendall Jenner, Kendall Williams, Ana Maria Oprea, Hailey Baldwin, and Ellie Goulding.