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  • Top

    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

    Good to know

    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.

  • Price
    $190
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The special edition Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 is available in men’s as well as women’s sizing. It has a sleek construction that can fit a bit narrow, especially to those with wide feet. With a low-top silhouette, it allows the foot and ankle to move without restriction. 

Fashionistas and hypebeasts have long awaited the release of this special edition collaboration between Virgil Abloh’s Off-White label and the Swoosh brand. As part of The Ten Collection, the Off White x Nike Air Max 97 has been given an even prominent status that sneakerheads donning a pair are transformed into serious street style patrons.

Some wearers of the Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 who love wearing these fashionable collab kick have worn joggers, track pants, and above the ankle trousers to get their sought after kicks noticed. These stylish kicks in white or black colorway are the epitome of luxe athleisure as their steep prices only mean this particular footwear is only accessible for those who can really afford to rock its sophisticated style.

The minimalist feel and premium detailing of the Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 sneakers are beautifully executed in the silhouette imagined by Christian Tresser. These shoes are given a modern Virgil Abloh touch in the white seamless upper contrasted by black printed Swoosh, “AIR” printing, and the signature orange zip tie and tags of the Off-White label. 

Retaining the comfort of the original, the shoe has a full-length visible air unit at the midsole for a lightweight, responsive, and comfy cushioning. The shoelaces of the shoe were also given premium detailing with a “SHOELACES” print and green lace tips.

One of the bestselling designs of the Swoosh brand is the Nike Air Max 97 sneaker. Designed by Christian Tresser as a homage to the Japanese bullet trains and inspired by the reflective materials and metallic curves of a mountain bike, the design is among the most popular among the Nike Air Max shoe collections. The Air Max 97 sneaker is the first to feature a full-length visible air unit at the bottom with pressurized air enclosed in the air units to provide superior cushioning and comfort.

The bestselling design is now given a distinctive makeover by Italian fashion label Off-White led by its chief executive officer Virgil Abloh. The Off-White x Nike Air 97 is patterned, however, after the Ultra-version of the sneaker with fewer overlays and sleek and lighter design. The design is part of the Off-White The Ten Collection which celebrates the most iconic silhouettes of Nike, Converse, and the Jordan brand. The collection includes the Air Jordan 1, Nike Air Presto, Nike Vapormax, Nike Air Force 1, Nike Air Max 90, Nike Blazer, Nike Hyperdunk, Nike Zoom Fly, Converse Chuck Taylor, and the Air Max 97.

The Off-White makeover on the Nike Air Max 97, however, is rather minimalist highlighting only the best features of the design and stripping into the basics. In The Ten: Nike Air Max 97, Off-White blurred the often recognizable wavy lines in the upper to offer a seamless nylon-like upper making the full-length Air unit shine even more.

The futuristic design also plays with translucent styling and outrageous branding evident in the large Swoosh and Off-White’s Helvetica font in the quoted “AIR” printed in the upper. The design is also further given an Off-White makeover with the orange zip-tie and tags that give the all-white Ghosting design a much-needed color pop.

  • Aside from the all-white colorway of the Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 that came out in The Ten Collection, several other iterations of the Off-White x Air Max 97 collaboration came out including  Black, Menta, Serena, and Queen colorways were also dropped.
  • Celebrities and personalities spotted wearing the collaboration shoe include ballers, Russel Westbrook, Jason Tatum, and Landry Shamet, musicians Skepta and Chance the Rapper.

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