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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Nike Loden History
The Nike Air Rift was introduced in 1995 in Japan and with very little fanfare. The shoe’s inspiration came from barefoot Kenyan runners who were dominating international running competitions at the time. It was designed to be as light as possible while supporting the runner’s foot.
The Nike Loden, which in turn takes its inspiration from the Air Rift, debuted in the Spring of 2017. It was produced by reworking key elements from the iconic Nike Air Rift and then infusing them into the shoe and adding a modern style. The Loden kept its heritage racer roots with its soft foam and rubber pods and its heel strap is reminiscent of the classic shoe. It had a flexible and foot-hugging construction as well as a cushioned insole for enhanced fit and superior comfort.
The Loden release, which dropped in March, included the brightly toned Concord/Varsity Maize/White/College Orange colorway—which was a mix of a bright blue and yellow upper with an orange pull tab and Swoosh logo—along with more subdued hues like the Black/Dark Grey colorway.
The low top shoe had a pull tab at the heel and tongue for easy on and off, breathable mesh and smooth textile uppers, and a molded rubber tread. The Loden also featured an embroidered Nike logo on its lateral side and a chunky sole.
In April, Nike issued the striking Loden Black/Atom Red/Pine Green colorway quickly followed the next day by a Satin Pack of the Loden. The Satin Pack was composed of two pastel colorways, namely, Fresh Mint and Sunset Tint. Both of the Satin colorways featured a satin material for the panel that wraps around the heel, a neoprene collar, and mesh fabric across both the tongue and toe.
A month after the Satin Pack’s release, Nike unveiled their Pinnacle Loden Pack. The Nike Pinnacle Loden is basically a premium edition of the Loden. It retained the contemporary and sleek silhouette of the original but built on it by using premium grained leather for its upper and combined it with a layered mesh. The pack contained two colorways: Mushroom/Black-Sail and Light Bone/Light Bone-Sail-Mushroom. The Black Sail and Light Bone-Sail versions were launched later.
Nike Loden Style
The Loden is designed for both comfort and performance. The shoe looks great as casual wear, perfect for going around town, doing errands, or for fashion use. But it also looks just as good and performs just as well as active wear—for the gym and other physical activities.
This street-ready shoe is best paired with shorts, workout leggings, yoga and wide-legged crop pants, and jeans.
Fit & Sizing
The Nike Loden is available in women’s medium B-width with sizes ranging from 5 to 12. Half sizes are also offered. Good mobility with adequate hold is offered by the low-top Loden.
The Nike Loden’s breathable and foot-hugging upper which retains its shape is perhaps its best feature. The mesh gives the shoe extra ventilation for a cool feeling. The Loden also has a tough, windproof, and lightweight midsole made of polyurethane foam and a rubber sole with molded treads that provide excellent grip. Pull tabs on the tongue and heel make it easy to put on and take off the shoe.
- The Nike Loden is available at discounted prices at selected retailers.
- The material of the shoe’s upper depends on the colorway. Either textile, leather, or synthetic leather is used.