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 Sock Racer Ultra Flyknit History
“The Nike Sock Racer. A serious racing flat with a full-length Nike-Air midsole. Definitely not for everyone.”
This was a quote from the ad from Nike way back in 1985 during its initial launch and eventual release in 1986 that brought into sneaker consciousness the Nike Air Sock Racer. It was definitely not for everyone but it drew a huge cult following especially among serious runners and marathoners.
Designed by veteran shoe designer Bruce Kilgore, the same creative genius behind the Nike Air Force One and the Air Jordan 2, the Nike Air Sock Racer were running shoes that felt like wearing socks but could run full-length marathons.
Made of extremely breathable and form-fitting mesh upper, a Nike Air-Sole unit in the middle and lightweight polyurethane sole that are secured by straps and buckles for a quick fit, became Nike’s first running shoes kicks without shoelaces. It was also originally designed for marathon running as it promises to withstand 26-mile runs with ease.
Future releases of this shoe paved the way for modern designs such as the popular Nike Ultra Flyknit Racer.
In 2017, this iconic running kick was given a new treatment more than 31 years since it was launched with the stretchy upper with the introduction of Ultra Flyknit material that has kept many sneaker fans glued.
Flyknit is a result of a complex process of precision knitting that reduces as much as 60 percent of wastes compared to the usual cut-sew method of footwear manufacturing. With the Flyknit material, Nike can use single-piece knitted material that resembles a sock-like material that wraps around the feet for a snug fitting that adapts well to the contours of the feet.
Nike Air Sock Racer Ultra Flyknit Style
Keeping a minimalist tone since its release in the 1980s, the Nike Air Sock Racer Ultra Flyknit has retained this noteworthy theme to much acclaim by many critics. Initially, NikeLab released a version of the iconic sneakers with fewer premium materials and with a huge Swoosh logo at the forefront which was literally panned by many shoe critics.
With the newer design in 2017, the Nike Air Sock Racer Ultra Flyknit removed that annoying Swoosh and kept is subtle at the heel back with minimalist branding. What really hyped up its style are the two suede leather straps that, although not really helping much in securing the feet, has made the shoe look really cool for a minimalist tech-wear lifestyle sneaker.
The shoes were easily sold out in many retailers as it came in unique colorways of the OG-inspired yellow/black and an all-black design. Earlier releases of Nike Lab include Sail, Black, Black-Grey, and Pale-Grey.
Fit & Sizing
The Flyknit sock-like material and the two buckle straps in the Nike Air Sock Racer Ultra Flyknit has helped a lot in the shoe having a perfect fit that runs true to size. Shoe size comes in medium and ranges US size 6 to 14 in men and 5 to 12 in women.
The improved Flyknit material on the upper and the Air-Sole unit on the sole are two of the most notable features of the Nike Air Sock Racer Ultra Flyknit.
The Ultra Flyknit material has been a groundbreaking upper material for the multibillion-dollar brand when it was first released. The material helps keep the feet snug with its sock-like woven material that blends well to the contours of the feet. The Flyknit material also remains breathable, supportive, and lightweight making the shoe an ideal summer wear.
Meanwhile, the full-length Air-Sole unit has a round sipe pattern that features a dual-density foam midsole and a Free-inspired outsole with flex grooves. This superior sole technology helps make every stride count with lightweight cushioning and flexibility in tow.
- Two colorways were introduced in the first quarter 2017 release: the yellow/black and a women’s exclusive white/black.
- For Spring 2017, other colorways were released that include pink, olive, blue and red tones.
- Thicker buckle straps in the updated version help give lateral and medial support and help keep the feet from moving too far forward.