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 Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite History
Stefan Janoski is a professional skateboarder from California. In 2009, seven years after the launch of the Nike SB brand, he became the second professional skateboarder next to Paul Rodriguez to have launched a signature shoe. Janoski conceptualized his first signature shoe as a hybrid between an old school skate shoe and a boat shoe, in which function is prioritized over protection. He worked closely with Nike designer James Arizumi and they came up with a skate shoe that features a vulcanized sole with a simple and basic overall design. The shoe is then known as the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski, which was officially released in May 2009.
Since then, it has become one of the highly-sought skate shoes and a staple Nike model. It has been released throughout the years in many colorways and variations with upgraded materials and/or technologies.
In 2016, the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski was released in an “elite” version – the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite. This version follows the silhouette of the classic Nike SB Stefan Janoski, but utilizes upgraded materials.
Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite Style
The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite is a low-top skate shoe. Its design is minimalist, hence allowing versatility in terms of styling. It is designed as a skate shoe and it works well as it is, but it also is just as well as a lifestyle shoe for casual use.
Fit & Sizing
The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite is available in Men’s sizing from size 4 to 14 in D-Medium width. Nike uses a leather midfoot panel on this sneaker to offer exceptional hold, particularly for those who skate and who are always on the go.
The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite features a white midsole and a no-sew upper with a mixture of premium suede and leather material to embody Janoski’s laidback style. It also features a Nike Zoom Air unit in the sockliner for enhanced stability and responsive feel. The Nike SB Janoski label branding can be seen on the tongue and the iconic Swoosh on the sides.
- The first shoe model released under the Nike SB Janoski line was the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski in Black/Black and Cappuccino/Sandrift colorways. It was released in May 2009.
- The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite SB x FB is a special edition release. It features a monochromatic premium leather upper in black with diamond-stitched details on the toe part.
- The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite in Pure Platinum/White-Black colorway is included as one of the three iconic SB styles in the Nike SB “Road Pack” collection. The other two are the Dunk Low Premium and the Paul Rodriguez 9.
- The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite “Cork” features a cork construction on its upper with a black Swoosh embroidered on the sides. It was released in a limited quantity as a part of the “Palm Leaves” edition of the Nike SB Janoski in Summer 2015.