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
The Nike Sock Dart SE is offered for men and women. Ladies can freely choose the best suitable size for them from 5-11 while the gentlemen can have options from 4-14. Although laces are a skipped feature on these sneakers, the slip-on sock-like fit and feel of the sneakers and the midfoot straps provide a more secure and snug fit.
Nike Sock Dart SE Style
In summer 2017, Nike introduced the Sock Dart SE which features a new breathable knit upper, similar to the look and feel of a sock. The minimalist design of this highlights a deconstructed and Avante-garde look, which stays consistent in the futuristic style. The boldness of this sneaker creates a statement on its own, making it ideal to pair it with a simple outfit like shirt and jeans.
Backed up by its futuristic aesthetic, the Nike Sock Dart SE is also comfortable thanks to its Phylon midsole. This technology is composed of compressed, heated, cooled, and molded EVA foam pellets. It results in a low-profile, lightweight, and responsive midsole. What is unique about this is that it can be sculpted into various designs.
Nike Sock Dart SE History
The idea started in 1984, when one of the founders of Nike, Bill Bowerman created a mission for the creative and HTM legends Hiroshi Fushiwara, Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker to create a sneaker that fits the description "sock with a sole." From this, the Nike Sock Racer came into existence.
This model became responsible for the emergence of the Sock Dart, which was released in 2004, 20 years after the Racer's inception. Although both sneakers carry a minimalist and lightweight design, the Sock Dart sported a new computerized fabric called Flyknit. More so, the straps, a feature attributed to the Sock Racer, were replaced with transparent, thicker silicone straps that not only enhanced the comfort but gave it a sleeker and futuristic appeal.
The first released Sock Darts carried monochrome and toned colorways, which was intentional to let the aesthetic of the shoe, speak. More so, these sneakers did not get introduced through crazy marketing schemes. Rather, it was done ever so quietly, only in limited quantities and with just a few stores carrying. It did not become a hindrance to the sales of the sneakers. Instead, the exclusivity posed to its advantage as it became a coveted piece for sneakerheads.
- The Nike Sock Dart SE has outsole flex grooves which inhibit natural movement.
- A rubberized mudguard is incorporated at the front of the shoe, which not only serves as a design but protects the feet against dampness as well.