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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Fit & Sizing
Puma Nova x Barbies are women’s trainers offered in sizes ranging from 5.5 to 11. The sizing reportedly runs long, so make sure to go down by a half size when making your purchase.
The shoes utilize a conventional lacing system with flat laces for a lockdown fit while tongue pull tabs allow an easy on and off access. The uppers are made of textile with leather and suede overlays that provide ample lateral support.
Puma Nova x Barbie Style
These kicks provide the perfect balance between gym and dad shoes. Chunky tooling meshes well with the slim uppers for a sporty but dainty look. Puma Nova x Barbie kicks are an excellent accompaniment to your workout outfits to soften all that athletic edge.
You can also pair these kicks with cropped pants and a fitted tee, or denim shorts and a loose flirty blouse, or a cute short dress with a flared hem. Whatever ensemble you choose, we’re pretty sure the shoes will prettify it even more.
Puma has done it again with yet another beautiful collab. Puma Nova x Barbie shoes manage to capture our favorite doll’s pretty and delicate attributes perfectly.
The excellent use of different colors is a major attraction. The kicks blend teal, pink, and white masterfully in a gradient design while a bright yellow hue gives the shoes a pleasing “pop” which breaks up all the pastel shades in a fab way. Of course, kicks shouldn’t just look pleasing. They should be accompanied by terrific comfort as well. Which is the case for these Barbie-inspired shoes.
The shoes contain IMEVA midsoles (injection-molded ethylene vinyl acetate) which provide ample bounce and increased cushioning responsiveness while keeping the weight light. So you don’t have to just look good while donning these, you can feel good too.
Puma Nova x Barbie History
On March 9, 1959, the world’s most famous doll made her appearance in a striped black and white bathing suit. Since then, the 11-inch icon has won the hearts of girls all over with her pretty (mostly pastel pink) outfits, cool Malibu mansion, and picture-perfect boyfriend.
Barbie’s cultural contribution can’t be denied. And as one of the most recognizable faces in the world, she has become the subject of several collaborations, with brands such as Christian Dior and Versace queueing up to create outfits just for her.
For the doll’s 60th anniversary, another collaboration was again in the works. This time with athletic brand Puma.
Puma took Barbie into the realms of sport and streetwear by giving their 90s-inspired running silhouette, the Nova, a Mattel twist. Solid and gradient colors mixed with crosshatch graphics and perf accents should have looked dizzying but somehow worked together to become one of Puma’s bestsellers.
- Puma Nova x Barbie sneakers feature sculpted midsoles, retro Barbie logo at the heels, and full rubber soles.