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 LunarCharge Breathe History
With a modern silhouette, NikeLunarCharge Breathe draws inspiration from five iconic silhouettes of Nike’s popular shoes that include Air Max 90, Air Presto, Air Flow, Air Current and the more recent LunarEpic Flyknit.
Introduced in November 2016, the Nike LunarCharge silhouette drew inspiration from the Nike Air Current which was released way ahead of its time in 1990. To have that sock-like fitting, Nike included a neoprene upper for a more stride lightweight from the Nike Air Flow released in 1988.
To better familiarize sneaker fans to their latest design, eye stays from the popular Nike Air Max 90 was included while an internal bootie construction was inspired by the Nike Air Presto released in 1990.
But the classic also needs a modern flair and innovation to be relevant. This was fulfilled by the LunarEpic sole which came out also in 2016.
The Nike LunarEpic midsole is a product of a new dual-injection technology that uses heat instead of glue to fuse foams into one piece for superior cushioning. With an IU foam carrier and IP core, laser siping on the side of the midsole delivers improved cushioning and targeted flexibility which was also the same technology that the Nike LunarCharge Breathe uses.
Inspired by pressure maps of the foot, the sole of the Nike LunarCharge Breathe is a rubber-free outsole with laser-siped pods that move individually for precision compression into a comfortable ride and energy return. Mesh material also occupies most of the upper giving the way to the mother.
Early 2017, other iterations of the silhouette came out that include the Nike LunarCharge Essential and the Nike LunarCharge Premium.
After just five months since the OG Nike LunarCharge was released, the Nike LunarCharge Breathe was released in Triple White, Triple Red, and Black/White colorways in Spring 2017. Other colorways like Blue were also released select Nike retailers and online shop.
Nike LunarCharge Breathe Style
Taking design inspirations from some popular shoes, the Nike LunarCharge Breathe is aimed for the feet to breathe. This airy and cool feeling is aimed for the shoes to be a daily casual wear. As a modern lifestyle sneaker, the shoe had touches of the popular Air Max 90 on its eye stays and lacing while its silhouette comes from the Nike Air Current. The sock-like fit with the use of neoprene material, meantime, is inspired by the Nike Air Presto.
All these elements exude sophistication and class are only drawn out by harnessing successful design elements from the past designs. With newer innovation from the Nike LunarEpic’s Lunarlon midsole, wearers of this new lifestyle sneaker from Nike are in for an ultimate comfort and cushioning experience. The shoe also has ample displays of Nike branding in the midsole and swoosh detailing at the upper side panel and back heel. The shoe first came out in Triple White, Triple Red, and Black/White colorway.
Fit & Sizing
Armed with a neoprene bootie with a sock-like fit that adheres to the contours of the feet, the Nike LunarCharge Breathe runs true to size to at times a half-size smaller. This is why Nike has recommended buying these shoes a half-size larger to get that ultimate fitting experience. The shoes are further held in place by a flat lacing that is tied into eyestays inspired by the Nike Air Max 90. The sneakers are available in sizes for men and women in medium width D and B. Size ranges from US size 7 to 13 in men and 5.5 to 11 in women.
Compared to other iterations of this shoe model that uses leather, suede or synthetic materials, the Nike LunarCharge Breathe features a breathable and lightweight mesh material all throughout the upper. This mesh material helps to maintain ventilation and an airy, cool and light feeling while wearing the shoe.
Also notable in this particular design is the Lunarlon midsole that was inspired by the Nike LunarEpic. The special Lunarlon midsole is a product of dual-injection technology that blends two foams into one for ultimate cushioning comfort. This is further enhanced by laser-siped side panels for targeted flexibility while outsole pods that blend with the soles pressure points move individually for flexibility and added multi-surface traction.
- Shoes have cold padding for a cooler in-shoe feel.
- The Nike LunarCharge Breathe has a removable insole that can be replaced by orthotic insoles for additional comfort and arch support.
- Individualized rubber outsole pods were placed at the bottom for flexibility and multi-surface traction.