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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With its mesh upper and low-top construction, this running-inpired sneaker is expected to be breathable while offering unrestricted ankle mobility. The Nike Viale is available in sizes 6 to 15 for men only. But because of its unisex style, it can also be worn by women provided that they get a pair that is 1.5 sizes smaller than their usual pair. Based on reviews, though, the sneaker runs small. Therefore, it is recommended to get a bigger pair or try on the actual shoe to get the best possible fit.
Another lifestyle sneaker released by the Swoosh, this kick has an angular mod look that is inspired by marathon runners. The Nike Viale men’s sneaker is easily paired with gray or black jogger pants. Wearing it without socks creates a casual feel to the whole get-up. Women can wear this shoe with shorts, cropped pants, and leggings if you are aiming for a sporty look. The Nike Viale on feet looks great with or without ankle-high socks.
The upper of this sneaker is made of a lightweight mesh material that offers breathable comfort for all-day wear. Despite having a slip-on-like silhouette, the Nike Viale comes with laces for a more customizable fit. It also has a padded footbed and a mesh lining that keeps the foot feeling fresh and comfortable on the inside.
The Nike Viale is among the brand’s athleisure sneakers released recently alongside some Nike Air Max and Nike Air Force sneakers. Definitely one of Nike’s affordable kicks, this sneaker promises lightweight comfort and minimalist flair despite its $65 price tag.
Beginnings of the Swoosh brand
Previously known as the Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS), Nike was founded on January 25, 1964 in Washington, USA. Its founders were Phil Knight, a middle-distance runner from Portland, and Bill Bowerman, a track-and-field coach who was in search of ways to enhance his students’ performance. Together, Knight and Bowerman came down in history as the fathers of one of the most popular and reputable sports shoe and apparel brands in the world.
BRS was initially a distributor of Onitsuka Tiger running shoes which they import from Japan. By the end of its first year, the company grossed $8,000 by selling 1,300 pairs of shoes. On their second year, their sales rose to $20,000, and on their third year, Blue Ribbon Sports has officially opened their first retail store in Santa Monica, California. As their business became more established, they started manufacturing their own line of shoes.
Several years later in 1971, BRS ended their relationship with Onitsuka Tiger, and the company was renamed to Nike in 1978. Nike created a lightweight training shoe which made a debut in the 1972 US Track & Field Trials. It came with waffle-type nubs on the outsole.
Before Nike became synonymous with Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Mia Federer, their first endorser was Steve Prefontaine. Today, Nike has a plethora of shoes under its belt, including tennis, soccer, baseball, basketball, and athletics. The success of the company has become so widespread that it began acquiring other companies such as Hurley, Converse, and Umbro.
- The Nike Viale features an EVA midsole that gives long-lasting comfort and cushioning.
- The synthetic outsole with its foam tread optimizes stability and enhances traction.
- Hidden Swoosh brandings can be found under the heel tab and underneath the outsole.