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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The sneaker offers generous sizing options for men starting from 6 to 14 including half sizes. It also comes in a standard D medium width.
Styling the low top sneaker is almost the same as sporting classic Stan Smiths. Men can go bold by pairing it up with chinos and folded multicolored pants or lay low with casual skinny jeans and joggers. Shorts can also give an uninterrupted look which can perfectly punctuate every inch and curl of the blank canvas sneaker.
The Pharrell Williams Hu Holi Tennis Hu BC comes in its original mesh upper material as witnessed in the 2017 release of its forefather model. Spiraling broken lines wrap up the laces subtle perforations on the side panels resemble the Three Stripe branding. It can be easily mistaken with the Pharrell Williams Hu Holi Tennis Hu PK BC which is a Primeknit version of the shoe.
The created design think tank between Adidas Originals and Pharrell Williams dates way back before the two have officially tied the knot in 2014. Williams, or most commonly known as Pharrell, had been rocking in custom patterned Adidas kicks which can be seen during stage performances or during red carpet scenarios. Pharrell's affinity with the German footwear producer had stood the tests of time and was given its rightful merger two years before the coveted Human Race NMD was released.
The first collection that Pharrell and Adidas Originals spearheaded featured an Adidas Superstar leather track jacket in tonal colors and a Pharrell-infused colorway of the classic Stan Smith. Both of these apparel come in red, blue, and black pigments. To accentuate the Pharrell way of styling, the traditional Adidas Three Stripes is remodeled into a parallel structure with the top two lines splashed in incomplete bold tints. A few months after its inaugural release, the Pharrell x Adidas Originals Stan Smith "Tennis" was introduced to the public eye.
The dawn of 2015 witnessed a breathtaking new explanation for the word Superstar as Pharrell, Damien Lillard, Rita Ora, and David Beckham star at the "Original Superstar" short film which is more like of a commercial. Along with this snippet, the duo also released a collection of Superstar sneakers that come in ridiculously vast arrays of color palettes present in the color wheel.
The momentum of Pharrell and Adidas' partnership grew stronger and stronger every year and had achieved their brightest and most lucrative collaboration, as deemed by many, in 2016. It was this year where their marriage sprouted a message-bearing line of apparel under the word "Hu" which as per Williams, stands for Human Ultimatum. The Hu franchise is also inspired by the group of Native Americans in North Dakota comprised of Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. Its simple message of celebrating the human diversity across nations picked up velocity with every new sneaker release.
Fast forward to 2017, the two fashion moguls reconstructs the old-fashion Adidas Stan Smith tennis sneaker and gives it a contemporary flair. The Pharrell Williams x Adidas Originals Tennis Hu mimics the silhouette of the Human Race NMD's but utilizes a waffle-notched EVA midsole and a flexible mesh upper. The Stan Smith-inspired heel tab features Pharrell's name as well as on the tongue.
2018 was the year of the Holi line for the creative partnership between Williams and Adidas. It was a nod to the religious Hindi festival of colors occurring in Nepal and India which signifies the triumph of good over evil. The product line was released in three batches. The first one was the Blank Canvas collection that features pristine monotoned white colorways of five sets of Adidas sneakers. The second one was the Adicolour range which displays an assortment of apparel from jackets to shorts. Lastly, the Hu Holi Powder Dye emblazons the revolutionary powder dying technique of pigmenting the uppers of select sneakers.
Included in the Blank Canvas franchise is the Pharrell Williams Hu Holi tennis Hu BC which is an implication of the wardrobe participants wear during the Holi festival. Its sock-like construction comfortably wraps the foot as emphasized by the knit upper material. The clean upper sits on top of an EVA sole designed with waffle patterns on the sides.
- Hu stands for Health Ultimatum while BC is short for Blank Canvas.
- Though it is described as a white colorway, the actual pigment used was cream white with its outsole drenched in cloud white.
- Rubber inserts cushion the feet and employ a cozy feel.