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.
Puma G. Vilas 2 Core History
Guillermo Vilas was a professional tennis player from Argentina who won several major titles in the 1970s, including four Grand Slam titles – the 1977 French Open, the 1977 US Open, the 1978 Australian Open, and the 1979 Australian Open. He also won runner-up titles at the French Open three times in the years 1975, 1978, and 1982, and at the 1977 Australian Open.
Such wins and his popularity in the field of professional tennis led to a team up with the German shoe brand Puma in creating a line of tennis shoes that best present his style of playing. First off the list is the Puma G. Vilas, which was first released in 1983. The G. Vilas shoe exhibits a very thick and durable outsole, a perforated rounded toe box, the Puma Formstrip on the side, and the Puma cat logo on the tongue. While initially aimed to be a tennis shoe, it has become prevalent also among the casual fashion scene.
Following the success of the Puma G. Vilas, another casual kick in the tennis-inspired Puma shoe line was introduced into the sneaker market – the Puma G. Vilas 2. The G. Vilas 2 bears similar features as its predecessor but has a slimmer profile. The Puma G. Vilas 2 is subsequently upgraded with a new material and made available in various colorways to keep its style up-to-date and on trend. This upgrade is called the Puma G. Vilas 2 Core.
Puma G. Vilas 2 Core Style
The Puma G. Vilas 2 Core is a low-top tennis shoe that features the signature Puma Formstrip logo on the side and the Puma Jumping Cat logo on the tongue and heel. It is a sporty shoe that has been making its way to the casual fashion scene and in the athleisure trend. It can be worn with a simple shirt-short outfit combo or can be dressed up with a pair of casual jeans.
Fit & Sizing
The Core edition of the Puma G. Vilas 2 is available in men’s sizes, which range from 7 to 14, including half sizes, and in D – Medium width. The classic lace up closure provides a snug and custom fit. Based on a tennis shoe, it provides sufficient support and comfort to the feet as needed.
Inspired by a classic tennis shoe, the Puma G. Vilas 2 Core has similar features as the Puma G. Vilas 2 but in a slimmed-down profile. It bears a textile, leather upper with perforated details on the toe box. This silhouette is something that most tennis or Puma fans should be familiar with as the GV special was quite a hit when it was first released.
- The Puma G. Vilas is now known as the Puma GV Special.
- There are Puma Formstrip on the side panels and the Puma Jumping Cat logo on the tongue and heel. Alongside the eyelets is the Puma G. Vilas branding.
- The durable rubber outsole features a pivot point as support for quick rotation.
- The upper is composed of a durable leather material up front and a mesh canvas material on the sides.