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.
Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.
Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
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Puma Match Animal History
Undergoing performance enhancements from the 1970s to the 1980s, Puma Match first came to fruition in 1974 as the German brand’s first professional tennis shoe. The leather material on the Puma Match was improved with perforations on the sides for breathability. One of the brand’s performance tennis shoes made in Europe, it only takes pride in its superior quality and more fine material selection.
It was only later around 2015 that the Puma Match made a comeback with its Puma 74 vintage shoe that promises off-court appeal and versatile styling. The design improvements include the use of full grain leather and a variety of colors in the suede material. Puma Match Animal came out in early 2017 with two colorways in snakeskin iterations that elevate the classic tennis shoe into fresh kicks for the trendsetting woman.
Puma Match Animal Style
The overall style is in the heart of the design of Puma Match Animal. The animal-inspired graphic imprinted on the leather is an expression of how exotic prints always get the attention of everyone, especially younger customers. Puma designers made sure the design of the heritage tennis shoe gets noticed with snakeskin graphics imprinted on the smooth leather.
The Puma Match Animal is not a new design. It was initially intended as a tennis shoe with rubber soles for adequate grip on the court. The silhouette has a minimalist design with a few design elements such as branding and a leather brand logo on the tongue. Eventually, coming from the court, the Puma match design crossed over as a fashion statement pairing well with a dress, jeans, or a romper.
Regarding colorways, the shoe has two snakeskin tones that can be easily mixed with a variety of casual clothing. These colorways include the Puma Black Natural and Natural Vachetta. The design prints also make the shoes flexible for wearing for casual daytime wear or casual nighttime garb. Also giving the shoe an overall premium look are the metallic finish of its branding placed on the side panel and back heel.
Fit & Sizing
The Puma Match Animal sneaker fits true to size. The shoe is kept snug by a traditional flat lacing system that keeps the feet secured. Shoe size ranges are only available in medium-B for women from US size 5 to 11.
Most notable on the Puma Match Animal is its exotic yet fresh upper design. The animal-inspired graphic imprinted on the entire top gives a sophisticated touch to the once often ignored tennis shoe. The smooth leather with animal prints is easy to clean with its patent finish design.
- The shoe featured a padded footbed for superior comfort and added cushioning.
- The Puma Match Animal has a rubber grip sole for an enhanced grip and traction.