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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Puma Suede x Careaux History
The iconic Puma Suede sneaker was first presented to the public during the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City. Olympic gold medallist Tommie Smith first wore the low-top sneakers with suede upper at the podium after winning the gold medal at the 200-meter track event.
From the track, the shoe also became a favorite in the basketball court with top NBA players like Water “Clyde” Frazier donning the pair in his games with the recognizable Formstrips at the sides. The original Puma Suede trainer had a thick rubber outsole and a smooth silhouette with a full suede design that is unlike the leather and canvas sneakers released at the time.
From being a favorite basketball footwear in the 1970s, the Puma Suede’s popularity shifted anew in the 1980s to the 1990s to the hip-hop, punk rock, and street-style culture who have followed classic designs and vintage looks to supplement their retro styles. Since then, the iconic low-top shoe had several design iterations and colorways including collaborations from famous brands, designers, and pop culture icons.
Dutch illustrator and designer Caroll Lynn or more popularly known for the label Careaux has been in collaboration with the German brand Puma since 2016. The partnership involved shoes like the Puma Basket, Puma Blaze of Glory, and the iconic Puma Suede. The collaborative designed featured feminine touches to the street-style sneaker with metallic gold label accents in the logo with floral design and a speckled midsole. Interior fabric lining of the shoes was also designed in floral prints that is the trademark of Careaux over the years.
Puma Suede x Careaux Style
Breathing new life into the Puma Suede silhouette, Caroll Lynn or popularly known as Careaux has given an updated look to the iconic sneaker with a speckled midsole and metallic hits and trademark flower logo. The design comes in pastel hues for women and darker tones for men. While many of its wearers argue that the model is more feminine than masculine, the Puma Suede x Careaux low-top kick allows the wearer to explore new fashion trends and experiment without straying too far from the classics.
Mix and match each pair of the Puma Suede x Careaux with casual clothing without going over the top and with just the right amount of feminine touches. The sneaker design is also not overbearing that it distracts eyes away from the outfit of the day. Take these casual kicks for a stroll in the urban jungle and the wearer will never go wrong to have made the right sneaker choice.
Fit & sizing
Retaining the comfortable fit of the iconic Puma Suede, the collaboration with Dutch designer Careaux fits similarly as in other variants of the classic low-top sneaker. The low-top shoe narrowly tapers with a round toe front and a white midsole with speckled detailing, a thinly padded tongue with Careaux metallic flower touches, and secured by regular flat laces. The shoe comes in men’s sizes 6 to 15 for men and 4 to 10 for women. The sneaker also narrowly fits those with narrow to medium width feet.
A plush genuine suede material in the upper has been used in the low-top Puma Suede x Careaux collaboration. The sneaker is also decked with speckled metallic hits at the midsole, and metallic gold logo detailing with a unique metallic gold rose print on the tongue. The design also has floral prints in the textile lining of the comfy interior.
- Interior textile lining of the low-top sneaker comes with a floral print.
- Collaborative Puma Suede x Careaux branding with trademark floral print at tongue.