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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Made with a durable suede, double-stitched upper, expect this lifestyle/skater shoe to supply sufficient support and stability. It also offers added reinforcement, thus improving the shoe’s durability. Its narrow construction, however, only provides minimal toe room. Generally running true to length, the SB Dunk High Pro is available in men’s sizes 4-15.
Commonly outfitted in bold, never-before-seen color schemes, the Nike SB Dunk High Pro has always been the go-to sneaker of fashionistas. Paired with baggy or skinny jeans and khakis, hoodies and tees, this casual footwear is capable of elevating your outfit in a snap.
Unknown to some, this high-rise sneaker is actually meant to be worn in the skate park. Made with a generously padded collar, an injected Phylon midsole and removable, cushioned Zoom Air insoles, this shoe also promises to provide comfort all day and ample protection against unavoidable impacts during lands.
Reminiscent of the Air Jordan 1’s classic look, the Nike SB Dunk High Pro’s upper is made of a mix of materials, commonly with suede, leather or canvas. This model is also known for its re-engineered rubber outsole which is flexible and durable. Its basketball shoe-inspired pivot pattern offers reliable multi-directional traction as well as dependable grip and great boardfeel.
Back in the year 1985, designer Peter Moore fused different models to create the Nike Dunk. This hoop shoe was crafted with an upper and outsole that resembled the iconic Air Jordan 1. It also borrowed a few design elements of the Nike Terminator.
Initially dubbed as the College Color High, this high-top sneaker was initially dressed in hues to match the colors of different college basketball teams. Marketed with the tagline “Be True to Your School," b-ball fans, back then, were pleased that there’s a shoe to match the colors of their school.
In the year 2002, Nike SB (aka Nike Skateboarding) was established. A silhouette made initially for basketball; the Nike Dunk was re-engineered with a low-cut profile, padded tongue, and collar, as well as Zoom Air insoles. Released as the SB Dunk Low, this model, unfortunately, received only mediocre sales.
Incessant on becoming a mainstay of the skater footwear production industry, the brand made skater shoes with a high-rise design, very similar to its predecessor’s silhouette. First to make its appearance was the Nike SB High Dunk Pro Paul Brown. Although it failed to stun skaters back then, it is notable that this shoe’s resale price now ranges from $500-$800.
2004 was the year when the SB Dunk finally made major noise as the brand decided to seek the help of professional skaters. With the help of Paul Rodriguez and Lewis Marnell’s expertise and stamp of approval, Nike’s footwear became more appealing and was later on perceived as skate worthy.
Since then, skaters as well as sneakerheads, saw the SB Dunk High and Low as a skate staple, not to mention a wardrobe essential. Built to perform well on the park and look great on the streets, this shoe’s prominence in the market remains to date.
- The mesh tongue and perforated toe cap enhance the shoe’s breathability.
- Easy slip on and off is achieved with the help of the heel pull tab.
- The high-top profile of this shoe improves its ankle support.
- Commonly, the Nike SB Dunk High Pro comes with a thin tongue, however, a few models feature a padded tongue.
- Most come with an extra pair of laces that match the shoe’s colorway.
- The heel lining pods help eliminate heel slippage.
- The silhouette’s look will not be complete without the famous “Swoosh” found on both sides of the shoe.