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 SB Blazer Mid XT History
First released as a basketball shoe, the Nike Blazer was the preferred sneaker for the sport and was first worn by George “The Iceman” Gervin. It featured a leather upper, mesh nylon tongue and vulcanized rubber sole. The shoe eventually crossed its way off the courts and became a favorite casual kick.
With the 80s boom of the skateboarding sport, Nike Blazer became a favorite within the scene for its steady grip and sturdy make. Inevitably the shoe transitioned into the world of skateboarding and is now marketed under Nike’s sub-brand the Nike SB. It has since been re-interpreted in numerous ways, from Nike SB Lows to Mids and Highs to different materials for its upper.
In 2017, Nike let pro skateboarder, Donovon Piscopo, modifies the Blazer according to his preference. The shoe’s collar was shortened for skate pleasure, while upper was upgraded to leather and added a rubber toecap for durability against grip tape.
Nike SB Blazer Mid XT Style
The Nike SB Blazer Mid XT retains its predecessor’s sporty silhouette but its upgraded toecap and upper lends a more stylish look to the classic pair. The shoe’s timeless design is easy to pair with casual clothes. It is sure to elevate your look whether you pair it with shorts, jeans, or joggers.
Fit & Sizing
The timeless designed skate shoe is only available in men’s sizing. It is available from sizes 4 to 14. Nonetheless, the women can go 1.5 sizes down from the men’s sizing if they would like to purchase the shoe. The mid-top construction offers enhanced hold.
The Nike SB Blazer Mid XT comes in different colorways that utilize different materials depending on its color. The Black colorway’s upper is crafted from leather while the tonal black model while the rest are made of suede. It features a traditional lace-up closure while branding can be seen on the tongue and heel. The retro oversized Swoosh logo is placed on both sides of the shoe.
Both the contrast rubber toecap and thick sole add durability and style. The shoe’s tongue and collar are cushioned while a Zoom Air unit is in the heel for added comfort. It also features Nike’s classic Herringbone tread
- The triple black colorway is a winter version of the shoe. It is made of leather with wool lining and also known as Nike SB Blazer Mid XT ‘Bota’.
- The word XT means Extra Tough, which means that this shoe is tougher and more durable than the regular SB Blazer Mid model.