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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NikeCourt Flare History
Having won 39 Grand Slam tennis titles in her professional career, Nike sure would like to share a legacy with Serena Williams in the form of a shoe. Encountering troubles with her ankles as they tend to roll, Serena worked with Nike on designing a shoe that would provide generous ankle support. Along with Nike’s Aaron Cooper, the designer responsible for the Kobe series, they created a shoe revolving around a Kung Fu master’s idea of unhindered mobility. Cooper, along with his team, conceptualized a shoe with a minimalistic silhouette but exhibits exceptional support and durability in gameplay.
In the series of tennis games in the year 2014, Serena was wearing an unpublicized customized shoe which has a visible extended collar for support. It was a tool for maintaining her number 1 ranking from the previous year, addressing her problems with ankle rolling. A year later in the month of June, the shoe was named the NikeCourt Flare and was made available for the public to purchase.
NikeCourt Flare Style
The NikeCourt Flare originally is intended for tennis players and is obviously displayed as a sporty looking shoe, but because of its incredible aesthetic appeal, it can be worn casually on an everyday basis.
With its simple silhouette and various compact colorway combinations, it can be partnered with pants with colors complementing that of the shoe’s colorway.
Fit & Sizing
The NikeCourt Flare, as envied by most males being exclusive for Serena Williams and later on regarded as a women’s shoe, is available in women’s size ranging from 5-12 with B Medium width.
The eye-catching element of the NikeCourt Flare is the extended neoprene collar purposed for sufficient shank support on the hard court. A conservative upper design features a breathable mesh with infused overlays for a minimalistic silhouette. It also has an Injected Unit midsole that has a dotted texture for lightweight cushioning. A pull tab is present at the heel for ease of wear. Its herringbone outsole design is made of XDR or extra durable rubber patented by Nike.
- To celebrate Williams’ 23rd Grand Slam title, Nike made an Air Jordan 1 retro of the NikeCourt Flare with her signature visible on the heel. It was available in 2 colorways: the ‘banned’ (black and red) and a pink+black colorway.
- Serena can be seen wearing the shoe at her match with Caroline Wozniacki during the 2014 U.S. Open.
- Nike has been honoring the Black History Month for more than a decade and in February 2017, they released an exclusive NikeCourt Flare BHM.
- Victoria Azarenka, another tennis athlete was seen wearing the NikeCourt Flares versus Serena Williams in the 2016 BNP Paribas Open Finals and even won in those shoes.