Facts

  • Top
    Top

    Low Top

    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

    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.

    High Top

    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.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Inspired from
    Inspired from

    Sports

    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.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Collection
    Collection

    Good to know

    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.

  • Price
    Price
    $90
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Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Most of the users commended about the excellent ankle support of the Nike Kwazi.
  • Few buyers shared that this pair breaks in easily.
  • A couple of reviewers said that this pair is easy to clean. They can just wipe the dirt off of the sneaker with no trouble.
  • This sneaker is available in multiple colorways.
  • Most of the reviewers described their experience with the Nike Kwazi as comfortable.
  • This pair generally runs true to size.
  • Most of the wearers shared that they enjoyed the lightness of this pair.
  • Few users revealed that this pair is very durable.
  • A couple of buyers said that this pair has a nice ground grip.
  • Available at a very reasonable price.
  • Some reviewers said that they highly recommend this pair to their peers.
  • Few shared about the versatility of this pair. Some said they can use the Nike Kwazi from city strolling to light training.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer complained that this pair is hard to put on.
  • A small number of online buyers said that the colors of the Nike Kwazi online are better than the actual shoe.
  • A handful of critics did not like the overall look of the Kwazi. They said that the market is saturated with such shape and tonal look. Few people even shared that they are not sure if buyers need another one in the market.

Bottom line

Nike introduces another shoe in its lifestyle sneaker lineup. The Nike Kwazi was released in 2016 showcasing some elements of its successful models. Nike combined the looks of the Roshe, the technology of the Huarache and the some details from the Air Yeezy 2. Although, some insinuated that the market is crammed with this kind of shape, the Nike Kwazi is able to stand out from the rest. This durable and lightweight sneaker is able to balance craftsmanship and performance. On-court look with an off-court comfort--that is the Nike Kwazi. 

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Nike Kwazi History

Nike has been in the footwear-manufacturing industry since the early 60s and was originally known as the Blue Ribbon Sports company. It started when two friends, Bowerman and Knight, were in the quest for durable running shoes. During that time, two German companies dominated the market and Nike thought the only way to compete with German giants is to introduce cheaper, but top quality, lightweight and a lot more comfortable running sneakers. 

The Swoosh partnered the with Japan’s Onitsuka Tiger Shoes and introduced Blue Ribbon Sports in the United States. Sometime in the 70s, unfortunately, the Tiger and the Blue Ribbon working relationship collapsed.  That uneventful chapter helped them give rise to another sports company and named it Nike, which was inspired by the winged Greek Goddess of Victory.  The Swoosh and their slogan “Just Do It!” became the world’s most recognized trademark.

To keep up with the tough competition among shoe manufacturers, Nike resorted to collaborations with different brands plus they are also now heavy in the lifestyle section for an all-encompassing influence in the world of shoes. This move allows the Nike reach people with various interests whilst adapting the other party’s ingenious mind and aesthetics resulting in a unique product.

Aside from collaborating with other brands, Nike also creates innovative products by fusing some essentials of its previous models. In 2016, they released the Kwazi which is another lifestyle output from the Swoosh company. It features some design cues from the Roshe, Huarache and the Air Yeezy 2. The Nike Kwazi parades a new yet a familiar overall look.

Nike Kwazi Style

The Nike Kwazi has a basketball-shoe look that is intended for off-court fashion. It features a mid-cut profile with a high tongue. The upper is made with the breathable mesh material which allows this pair to be worn all day even during the warm days. It is available in multiple colorways that gives the buyers much freedom in choosing their fancied color to match with their casual attire. This lifestyle sneaker is usually seen worn with active wear, skinny jeans or shorts with hoodies during the cold days. Some women pair this off with their dresses to add some spunk to their lassie look.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Kwazi is available in men’s and women’s sizes in medium width. Men can choose from sizes 6 to 14 while women have sizes 5 to 11 US. This sneaker features several components to provide a very nice fit to its wearers. This mid-cut profile has a lace-up fastening system and a thick midfoot Velcro strap for a personalized lockdown fit. It also has the inner-bootie construction, which is same with the Huarache, for a more secure fit. The padded collar provides excellent cushioning while the heel pull-tab aids the wearers in putting on and off this pair with easiness.

Notable Features

The most notable feature of the Nike Kwazi is its profile that is a reminiscent of previous successful Nike models, the Roshe, Huarache and the Air Yeezy 2. This pair has the same outsole pattern and the insole cushioning of the Roshe. It also has the inner bootie construction that is the same with the Huarache. And lastly, the synthetic leather midfoot strap found on the Air Yeezy 2 can also be seen in the Nike Kwazi.

Additional Info

  • The rubber outsole is egg-crate inspired that enhances the flexibility and comfort. This pattern ensures the modern cool look and looks similar to the successful Nike Roshe.
  • The iconic Swoosh on the medial toebox has no-sew construction for a sleek and clean look. Another Swoosh can be seen embossed on the lateral heel quarter.
  • The Nike branding can be seen embossed on the heel and on the tongue.