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 Safari QS History
With the market already familiar with the use of air technology, Tinker Hatfield, given his strong architecture background, decided that to see the technology, is to believe it. His spark of inspiration happened in France, after the seeing The Pompidou Center, a multicultural complex that has all its internal working exposed on the exterior. All of these elements include the building’s staircase, plumbing, and electrical work, all of which are typically hidden.
This design prompted Hatfield to apply the same principle for the Nike Air Max, to fully show the technology by letting people see it. Called the Nike Air Max 1 when it was launched in 1987, the sneaker and the technology led to different sneakers, including the Nike Air Safari, Hatfield’s attempt to put the legendary Air to luxury.
Nike Air Safari QS Style
Inspired by a couch, the Nike Air Safari QS keep things consistent with its use of animal prints. Like its predecessor, it uses a similar silhouette and uses safari prints on the toe and heel. Seemingly risqué, the OG colorway clad in a vibrant orange leather underlay gets complemented with an ostrich skin pattern and black leather overlays.
Because the design of these sneakers speaks for itself, it is best to pair these with a simple outfit. Black joggers or jeans would highlight the pattern and the loud colorway.
Fit & sizing
The Nike Air Safari QS is a men’s sneaker that is available in sizes 6.5-15. The low-top sneaker gives much freedom to the ankles and the flat laces secure the feet to place.
If the Nike Air was conceptualized mainly for its technology, this version gives users a great mix of both technology and style. The Ultra QS also makes use of the Air Sole unit, a technology that makes use of enclosed pressurized air. This provides a lightweight and responsive cushioning system.
- The Nike Air Safari QS was released on March 24, 2018.
- The QS on the model’s name stands for Quickstrike. This means that these are only released on certain Nike stores and in limited quantities.