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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The Onitsuka Tiger Corsair is a unisex footwear but the sizing is based on men’s. Sizes offered range from 4 to 14 with half sizes available as well. Women can get their equivalent size by going down about a size and a half from their standard sizing. A size nine in women would be equal to approximately 7.5 in men’s.
The Onitsuka Tiger Corsair is a sporty silhouette that is best matched with joggers, jeans, leggings, shorts, and slim pants.
The Onitsuka Tiger Corsair sneakers are most notable for their thick EVA midsoles that provide plenty of shock absorption. While today’s version is geared more towards fashion use, the shoes can still give some runners a bit of competition.
The Corsair was originally named the Cortez. It was considered as an influential shoe from which all modern running footwear came from. The Corsair was initially released in 1969 in time for the Mexico Games, and during that period, the Blue Ribbon Sports Company held the distribution rights of Onitsuka Tiger shoes in the US.
Blue Ribbon Sports was headed by Phil Knight and his former coach, Bill Bowerman. As a technical advisor to Blue Ribbon Sports, Bill created a new silhouette from two Onitsuka Tiger models, with the blessing of Onitsuka Tiger. The new silhouette was initially called the Aztec, but since Adidas released a model named the Azteca Gold, the company decided to change it to the Cortez who, according to Bowerman, was the “Spaniard who beat the shit out of the Aztecs.”
One day, while an Onitsuka official paid a visit to Blue Ribbon’s warehouse, he discovered several pairs of the Cortez in the storeroom without the customary Tiger stripes and which had been replaced with the Swoosh. Unknown to Onitsuka Tiger, while Blue Ribbon was distributing their shoes, they were also selling their own Cortez version under the label, Nike. This started the rift between the two companies.
A court later decreed that both companies can sell the silhouette. Onitsuka Tiger renamed the model the Corsair while Nike kept the name.
- The Corsair remains one of Onitsuka Tiger’s bestselling shoes. After a five-year absence from the market, the brand brought the silhouette back in 2013 in OG form. Most vintage details were kept except for the heels which were retooled.
- The Onitsuka Tiger Corsair contains a thick EVA midsole, a leather upper, and a grippy rubber sole.
- The Corsair has been the subject of a few collaborations. One of the most notable ones is the “Jeet Kune Do” version which BAIT designed with Onitsuka Tiger. The silhouette, which brings to mind kung-fu slip-ons, was released on what would have been Lee’s 75th birthday—November 27, 2015. The shoes featured a gold debossed Lee Kickman character on the heels and dragon prints on the black suede and navy leather uppers.