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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
    $250
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One of Adidas x Pharrell Williams sneaker creations, the Pharrell Williams x BYW CNY shoes have true to size fit and medium width. It has a sock-like and slip-on feature that allow for secure fitting and easy on and off. The shoe comes with an extra pair of laces in yellow tone for extra visibility. Adidas offers the shoes in sizes for men only starting from US size 4 to 16.

Adidas Originals released this kick just in time for the annual Chinese New Year celebrations. The detailing for the Pharrell William x BYW CNY focuses mostly on the celebrations with dragon scales and auspicious colors of red and yellow. The word AMBITION is also embroidered at the center which gives this sneaker a whole new character.

While the colors seem too bold and loud, this is also the sneaker’s main attraction as it can be a clear focus element of a person’s outfit. Wearing these colorful and visually stunning shoes would make heads turn and some people asking. The socklike sneaker is best paired with neutral or dark joggers, track pants, and shorts to let the very striking colors of the upper shine.

The Pharrell Williams x BYW CNY sneaker has modern aesthetics featuring Adidas’ latest in footwear technology. It boasts of a Primeknit upper material that is stretchy and hugging to the feet. The soles, meanwhile, have Boost cushioning to ensure responsive comfort and bounce. The shoe also has an Extended Torsion System provided by the TPU material found at the bottom that delivers stability and protection to the feet.

More than its functional features, the Pharrell Williams x BYW CNY also has premium aesthetics with a red and yellow combination upper with gold accents forming dragon patterns on the knit material. The shoe also has the word AMBITION placed near the toe box as a trademark aesthetic add-on of many of the musician’s designs in recent years.

Multi-hyphenated musician and artist Pharrell Williams has been collaborating with the Three Stripes brand since 2014. Pharrell’s designs have long been reflective of the musician's aesthetics churning out designs like the Adidas Pharrell Williams Tennis Hu, the BBC x Adidas Originals Stan Smith, Pharrell x Adidas Originals NMD Human Race, and the Adidas Originals  Pharrell Williams Supercolor.

  Adidas BYW roots

The Adidas BYW trace its roots back to the Feet you Wear (FYW) technology introduced by the Three Stripes label in 1996. The same technology was also used in the Kobe Bryant sneaker called the KB8 when the German brand signed a contract with the NBA legend in 1997. Some five years later, the FYW technology had to end due to legal issues.

In 2018, the Three Stripes launched the BYW or Boost your Wear based on the previous FYW technology. The design was launched just in time when there is a resurgence of chunky soled sneakers. Adidas designers also retained the basketball elements in the design to give it a vintage vibe while placing Boost pods in its sole to keep it well-cushioned.

  Pharrell Williams’ take on the BYW shoes

When Adidas released the Crazy BYW, it also took the interest of Pharrell Williams due to its funky and unique design with its chunky soles and Boost bottoms. The Grammy-winning musician and longtime Adidas collaborator decided to make a premium spin into the BYW design with the Adidas Crazy BYW LVL x Pharrell Williams in two colorways namely Chalk Pink and Solar Pink.

In 2019, hip-hop star and the Three Stripes released a special edition sneaker the Pharrell Williams x BYW CNY in time for the Chinese New Year. The design was released February 2019 but announced as early as January 2019 to anticipate the Chinese New Year festivities.

The CNY there from Pharrell has a red knit upper with gold scales and yellow stripes that start at the toes. The scale designs in the knit upper circle around the shoe up to the lateral side while the word AMBITION in white stitching is embroidered in front near the toe box. The midsole is composed of reliable Boost cushioning material while the forefoot is in yellow. It also has a gold TPU plate at the bottom that joins the components together while also providing stability.

  • Heel pull tab at the back aids in quick entry and exit from the sneaker.
  • The slip-on and sock-like fit at the collar provides a secure fit and ankle protection.
  • Gold embroidered knit pattern spans across the red upper with yellow stripes at front and at the midsole for a stylish Chinese New Year design.
  • Rubber outsole with tread patterns has reliable grip and traction.
  • Extra pair of round laces in yellow color allows for more style customization.

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