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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Fit & Sizing
The coveted sneaker is observed to have a true to size fit. It utilizes laces for lockdown and a customizable fit which runs through a generous amount of eight pairs of eyelets. Women are privileged to purchase the pair running from size 4 to 12. Men can go 1.5 sizes up from the women's to avail the right kind of fit.
The glaring details of its Gold, Silver, and Bronze toe boxes is best to be partnered with toned down pants or leggings to emphasize the shiny effect of the sneaker. One can go full Michael Jackson with these sneakers too by sporting bright accessories and jackets or shirts with bling details.
The Medal Pack contains three colorways honoring the top three positions during the Olympics. These colorways include the Tan Rose (Bronze), Grey Silver, and Gold Black. Each sneaker has metallic aglets which go along with the somewhat metallic Olympic branding on the tongue and the heel counter strip. The Saucony side logo is reflective to provide an early warning during low light conditions.
The Saucony Shadow 5000 was one of the middle-child models coming from the Saucony brand which employs a mid-level display of Saucony tech from the 80s. It is the follow-up of the Shadow iteration, which was almost as successful as the Jazz. What brought the Shadow 5000 to the sneaker limelight was its retro appeal that lies in between a sneaker for utility and style.
To give homage to the running community of 96, or more specifically, to celebrate the first instance of Olympic Games held in the U.S., Saucony along with Offspring reinvented the look of the Shadow 5000 and gave it a metallic flair of Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The Offspring x Saucony Shadow 5000 Medal Pack was released just in time for summer of 2016 which has important details like the notched "running since… 96" and "OFFSPRING Covent Garden 1996" printed on the tongue.
- The sneaker is also a nod to Offspring 20th anniversary in 2016.
- The suede and metallic uppers are complemented by a leather interior which sits atop a white midsole.
- The lugged rubber outsole provides superb grip and traction.