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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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
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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 Eric Koston Huarache History
The Huarache, one of Nike’s iconic models, was launched in 1991 as a running shoe. It was the brainchild of legendary designer/architect Tinker Hatfield and was named after a Native-American sandal. The shoe’s design was inspired by water-skiing booties. Its outside framework and sock-like neoprene lining system was christened as the Dynamic Fit.
Nike Huarache almost did not see production, but a test run at the NYC Marathon saw lots of runners lobbying for the shoe, which changed Nike’s mind. The shoe was launched with the slogan, ‘Have you hugged your feet today?’ in reference to the way the shoe’s spandex and neoprene sock hugged the wearer's feet.
Following the shoe’s successful launch, Nike soon after released a series of Huarache models across different sports and categories, from cross-trainers to basketball. And for the next 26 years, Nike would debut more than ten silhouettes and hundreds of colorways in the Huarache line. Many of these releases became very well-received, and the Huarache quickly became one of the Nike’s most well-known and best-selling line.
Meanwhile, Nike’s skateboarding line has been churning out models for and occasionally collaborating with professional skateboarders since 2002. One such person is Eric Koston, an American expert skateboarder who has previously worked with different companies in designing skateboarding shoes. He signed up with Nike in 2009 and came up with a reinvented SB Dunk. He followed that up with the SB Zoom FP in 2010 before finally launching his own signature shoe in 2011.
In 2014, Nike’s skateboarding line (SB) added another model to its roster care of Mr. Eric Koston—the Nike SB Eric Koston Huarache. This new silhouette took some elements from Koston’s signature shoe and combined it with the popular Huarache model. The shoe featured a seamless suede upper, a Huarache heel strap in rubber for stability, Lunarlon sock liner for lightweight cushioning, and mesh paneling on the tongue, heel, and side for increased breathability.
Nike SB Eric Koston Huarache Style
This low top shoe is a sort of fusion of the modern and vintage. And it gives off a definite sporty vibe. The shoes can be paired with a bright hoodie and track bottoms or jeans.
Fit & Sizing
The Koston Huarache is available in men’s sizes which range from size 6 to 13 with half sizes offered up to 10.5. The shoe reportedly runs narrow so buyers might do better by ordering a half size higher than their normal size.
The SB Eric Koston Huarache features the Nike Lunarlon sock liner, a soft foam that allows the wearer to get lightweight cushioning and bouncy responsiveness. The Lunarlon softens landing impacts without dampening board feel.
- Available at discounted rates at select retailers.
- The TPU exoskeleton in the heel of the original Huarache is replaced with a rubber strap in this version for a more flexible support in the rear. It is the kind of support that resonates with most skaters.
- A pull tab in the tongue improves foot-entry convenience.