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 Internationalist Utility History
The Nike Internationalist made its debut back in 1982 when Alberto Salazar, famous marathoner and co-developer of the Internationalist, sported a customized pair on the New York Marathon. Bagging the gold medal in that race placed the sneaker and Salazar into new heights. That same year, the Internationalist gained more popularity and made its international break as its first television commercial was released globally.
Three years after, the sneaker entered the Hollywood world as well. The sneaker was worn by one of the leading characters during the iconic dance number on the infamous movie The Breakfast Club. The shoe's popularity escalated further since it was able to tap sneaker fans, movie enthusiasts, and collectors.
It was only in 2014, about 30 years after its initial release, that the Internationalist was reintroduced, this time coming in different silhouettes. Despite getting minor updates, the retro appeal of the shoe is maintained especially with the use of various materials like suede, mesh, and nylon. The Internationalist Utility is the brand's interpretation of the iconic sneaker fashioned towards the colder season.
Nike Internationalist Utility Style
Originally released as a running sneaker, the Nike Internationalist appealed only long-distance runners and marathoners. With the recent relaunch of the Internationalist, the classic trainers get an updated look and a new silhouette. The Internationalist Utility comes back in a mid-cut sneaker boot profile with rugged appeal geared towards winter.
The casual but bold style of these sneakers can be ideally paired with sweaters and jeans for a more winter-ready look. These sneaker boots are versatile and come in three colorways--Thunder Blue Wool, Sequoia, and Wolf Grey.
Fit & Sizing
The Internationalist Utility generally fits as expected. However, based on the feedback from several consumers, these run a bit narrow. The traditional lace-up closure that it comes with gives a more snug fit. It comes in men’s sizes running from 6-15. Half sizes are available for broader options. Women wanting to snag a pair of these can go down 1.5 sizes for an excellent fit.
The reinterpretation of the Nike Internationalist Utility gets a more winter-ready appeal with its rain-resistant upper. The combination of textile and synthetic materials ensures that the feet stay warm and dry during the colder season. More so, the upper comes in a no-sew overlay which heightens the softness of the sneaker and makes it more durable.
To match that tough silhouette, a Phylon cushioning is incorporated on its midsole. Phylon is a technology composed of EVA foam pellets sculpted into a variety of designs. It makes the cushioning system lightweight, responsive, and low-profile. More importantly, it boosts the shoes’ comfort.
- The Nike Internationalist Utility includes a cozy lining around the shoe which matches the winter-ready construction of the sneaker.
- For traction that is ideal for wet surfaces, these sneakers come with a waffle-patterned rubber outsole.