Facts

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Low Top

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

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.

High Top

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.

Good to know

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.

Inspired from

Sports

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.

Casual

Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

Good to know

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.

Collaboration

Good to know

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.

Collection

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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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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The Nike SB Koston Hypervulc received high praise from many reviewers who said the shoe felt very comfortable. One person said that once broken in, the shoe felt amazing, so much so that he will buy another pair.
  • The shoe is exceptionally stylish according to a lot of people, one of whom added that the shoe could go with any outfit and gives off a simple, classic vibe. Another person said the upper looks like the nice-looking Koston 1.
  • A buyer was pleased that his shoe purchase came looking much better in person than pictured.
  • The shoe is extremely durable according to several testers. One skateboarder had been using them for a week with no signs of wear while another occasional skater had a pair that lasted for a year.
  • Some purchasers found the price reasonable for the shoe’s value.
  • A few said the SB Koston Hypervulc looks made from high-quality materials.
  • Two people commended the shoe’s arch support. A user noted that the Hyperfeel insole’s arch support is flexible and not rigid, giving support while being comfortable at the same time.
  • A commenter mentioned that he loves the elastic bands that anchor the tongue to the bottom of the shoe, making it feel like the shoe was made for his foot.
  • The shoe has a defined heel backing, so pants rest on them nicely and don't get tangled up or get dragged under the heels, a consumer reported.
  • Although categorized as a men’s shoe, the Koston Hypervulc is also great for women, said a female customer.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Many testers complained that the shoe needs plenty of breaking in. One person stated the shoe needed a week or so of break-in period if used mainly for walking and not skating.
  • The shoe runs narrow, according to several reviewers, which led to a person getting a number of
  • The SB Koston Hypervulc doesn’t feel true to size and runs small, commenters wrote. Buyers should go up a half size bigger than standard foot size, they warned.
  • A few reviewers did not like the shoe’s thick sole which they said gives the shoe very little board feel.
  • Two users reported that the shoe has a very slippery sole.

Bottom line

The Nike SB Koston Hypervulc is an amazingly comfortable shoe once broken in. It is a durable performance shoe that is trendy enough to be used for casual wear. It does run narrow and small which may not be ideal for people with wide feet. The shoe’s thick sole helps make it more durable yet lessens board feel for skateboarders.


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Nike SB Koston Hypervulc History

Skateboarding has been around for a long time although it has only been in recent years that it was considered a legitimate sport. The skateboarding market was mostly untapped by large shoe companies until the early 2000s when they started taking notice of the sport. Nike was one of those who saw the potential growth in the skateboarding industry and in 2002, launched the SB line.

Nike’s SB line initially launched only four iterations of the SB Dunk Lows, but their collection has grown over the years to include more than ten silhouettes and dozens upon dozens of colorways. They also collaborated with professional skateboarders to design new models. One such skateboarder is Eric Koston, a well-known American pro who has worked with Nike since 2009.

Eric first did a reimagined SB Dunk, followed by the Zoom FP a year later, in 2010, before launching his own signature shoe, the Koston 1. Several more signature shoes followed until the release of the SB Koston Hypervulc in 2016.

The Koston Hypervulc features a vulcanized outsole and an upper made of one piece. An elastic gusset is placed on the shoe’s tongue to lock down the midfoot, and a molded sockliner gives the shoe additional support.

Nike SB Koston Hypervulc Style

This low top SB shoe has a classic and simple style that will go with most outfits in your wardrobe. One can pair it with cargo pants or tracksuit bottom and a simple tee when skating or with jeans and a sharp polo shirt for leisure wear.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike SB Koston Hypervulc is a men’s shoe which is offered in sizes ranging from 4 to 14, with half sizes available up to 11.5. Since some women also wear this shoe, women buyers are advised to go down at least a size and a half to get the equivalent men’s sizing. For example, a woman with a 6.5-foot size might be a 5 in men’s size.

Notable Features

The SB Koston Hypervulc features the Hyperfeel technology which is a combination of sensitive cushioning, locked-down fit, and a responsive, flexible outsole. It also utilizes a Vulc sole to give the wearer a superior board feel.

Additional Info

  • The shoe has a herringbone tread pattern.
  • The SB Koston Hypervulc features a lightly-padded mesh tongue.