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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Fit & Sizing
A part of the Nike SB collection, this leather-clad low-top model ensures to offer a supportive ride while providing ankle mobility. The Nike SB Gato is solely available in men’s sizing that ranges from 4 to 15. Ladies who fancy a pair should go 1.5 sizes down. For example, if you fall on a size 8 in women’s shoes you should opt for a size 6.5 for this sneaker. It runs true to size.
Nike SB Gato Style
These low-top soccer-inspired skate sneakers are bathed with monotone colored uppers accented with gum soles boasting of a stylish design obscuring the lines between soccer and skate footwear. This pair’s stitched-panel leather displays a quilt-like design that provides durability and stylish detail. Although style and taste are relative, most consumers agree that sneakers with gum soles make shoes automatically look better.
The SB Gato’s soft leather upper provides durability and is quilted to slow down stretching. The suede toe mudguard provides longevity and extra flick when performing flip tricks. Responsive and absorbent Cushlon foam midsole cushioning offers premium comfort and response without a lot of weight. Finally, gum outsoles give excellent traction and grip on the board.
Nike SB Gato History
The Gato model had sort of shape-shifted through the years to conform to different sports’ requirements but if you are truly a sneaker fan knowing the roots of a model should never be overlooked. So which sport exactly did the Gato originate from? From indoor soccer. In 2011, the Swoosh brand debuted the Nike5 Gato Street a small-sided football shoe designed for a game with fewer players held in a smaller venue. This OG Gato shoe displayed stitches on the toe area which are inspired by classic football shoes.
After a year in 2012, Nike’s Sportswear department overhauled the performance-based Gato and transformed it into a casual sneaker. Dubbed as the Nike Woven Street Gato, this lifestyle kick utilized a more conventional high-grade leather upper and left the football-centric sole untouched. The Gato reverted back to its roots in 2013 as Nike released the Lunar Gato II, which was equipped for multi-surface, fast and dynamic games.
In the same year, the Gato also crossed over into Nike’s skateboarding realm. Called the Nike SB Lunar Gato, the brand upped the ante once more by incorporating its Lunarlon technology to cater to the demands of skateboarding. In 2014, this skate model spawned into several colorways and collaborative versions but shortly after it fell out of the limelight and was sort of forgotten.
Four years after in 2018, skate brand Supreme tapped on the Gato silhouette for a collaboration which instantly put the shoe back onto sneaker fans’ radar once again. The Supreme x Nike SB Gato’s ultra limited nature had left some enthusiasts unsatisfied and the Swoosh brand heeded their desires and released the shoe for general release.
Neutral colorways of the Nike SB Gato include white and black but other color options are also available. Consumers can choose from atmosphere grey/white, black/white/gum light brown, white/metallic gold, and black/white/black.
- Insoles are removable.
- This shoe features a cupsole construction.