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 Tai-Chi DX is available in men’s sizing from 4 to 14 and half sizing ranging from 4.5 to 12.5, all in D Standard width. Like the original silhouette, this deluxe version retains the low-top construction that does not restrict foot movement. It boasts a traditional lace-up closure with an extra loop tab on the tongue for a secure and customizable fit.
The natural leather upper stretches over time and conform to the wearer's foot shape, which in turn give a more comfortable fit and feel. The collar and tongue are lightly padded but sufficient to add a plush feel to around the ankle.
One of the brand’s most iconic model, the Onitsuka Tiger Tai-Chi silhouette, received a premium treatment through its deluxe version, the Onitsuka Tiger Tai-Chi DX. This shoe’s Japan-quality, handmade craftsmanship is evident on its attention to every single detail like the materials used, stitching, and dye from the natural leather upper to the rubber outsole.
Indeed a noteworthy upgrade, the deluxe version of the iconic Tai-Chi boasts a premium look that could add a bit of a fancy to any set of wardrobe. Not your typical athletic-looking sneakers, a pair of this deluxe classic can go hand in hand with a variety of outfits from casual jeans or shorts to tailored jeans and polo shirt combo.
Although regarded as the deluxe version of the iconic Tai-Chi silhouette, this limited edition release still follows the low-top construction with a lace-up closure of the original version. One significant difference, though, is the construction process and upgraded materials utilized. With a “Nippon Made” label attached to it, one is assured of the Japanese craftsmanship and excellent quality of this shoe.
Another feature of this Nippon Made, deluxe version of the Onitsuka Tiger Tai Chi that sets it apart from the regular ones is its rubber outsole. This one features lined patterns with pivot points, while the regular Tai Chi models have a herringbone pattern.
In March 2012, Onitsuka Tiger released one of its most promising Nippon Made collections. The Nippon Made line launched in 2008 which consists of a series of Onitsuka Tiger shoe models that are handmade in Japan incorporating excellent Japanese craftsmanship and attention to detail, and premium materials.
The 2012 collection release consists of three of the brand’s iconic silhouette ever produced but in their deluxe versions utilizing premium construction and detailing. It includes the Fabre, the Mexico 66, and the Tai-Chi.
Like the other two silhouettes in the collection, the Onitsuka Tiger Tai-Chi DX or otherwise referred to as the Tai-Chi Deluxe is a limited release of only 100 pairs at around $300. It is handmade, with top-notch Japan-quality craftsmanship down to the materials used up to stitching details and overall construction. Because of this, each pair is different which gives the shoe a sense of exclusivity.
- The Onitsuka Tiger Tai-Chi DX comes with premium removable insoles.
- Onitsuka Tiger brandings are displayed on the tongue and heel.