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.
Fit & Sizing
The Puma TSUGI Shinsei x Staple runs true to size in medium – D width for men. A unique and edgy side lacing system on the lateral side of the shoe keeps the foot on a lockdown and supported by a flat tongue. A stretchy back heel strap and sock-like collar wrap were also retained from the original design for a secure fit. Sizes available for men range from US size 4 to 14. Equivalent women’s dimensions can be computed by reducing the men’s size by 1.5.
Puma TSUGI Shinsei x Staple Style
First look impressions on the Puma TSUGI Shinsei x Staple, and you’ll see that it is meant to make heads turn. Its futuristic and modern silhouette is further heightened by the Staple Pigeon grey colors with pearl tone accents and hits of pink. In line with the multifunctional construction, the overall design gives wearers a smooth transition from workout to a casual evening style without ever changing their shoes.
Already striking are the side-lacing system that makes the shoe a standout, the collaboration retained the sock-like collar of the original design and added a stretchy lace at the back with the NTRVL branding printed on it instead of the Puma branding from the previous model. The shoe exudes modernism by employing performance tech design elements yet remains minimalist with strong color blocking that doesn’t overwhelm users in mixing the kicks with their outfits.
Design aesthetics and color combinations introduced by Jeff Staple that converted Puma’s innovative TSUGI Shinsei into a multifunctional performance wear from workout to casual fashion is probably the design’s most notable feature.
The design collaboration also retained the essential elements of the original design that include the proprietary EvoKnit mesh upper material that keeps the shoe breathable and lightweight. It also maintained the Ignite Foam in the thick midsole giving a high energy return and comfort.
Puma TSUGI Shinsei x Staple History
The Puma TSUGI Shinsei is a fusion of German and Japanese design technology which was introduced in 2017. Sportstyle creative director of Puma, Heiko Desens, created the future of the brand’s newest sneaker designs including the Tsugi Shinsei.
The name of the TSUGI Shinsei is apparently a Japanese inspiration. Tsugi which means “next” and Shinsei which translates to “rebirth” aptly describes the next generation shoes of the brand as it stimulates growth and whole new positive energy into the company.
Puma’s move is a calculated and positive change for the pioneering shoemaker as it transitions itself not only as an athletic manufacturer into an innovator of fashionable lifestyle shoes. The use of modern materials that include Evoknit for a lightweight upper element and the Ignite foam for superior cushioning and high energy return was also welcome developments.
But this did not stop the brand from further elevating their newest design as they partnered with New York-based designer Jeff Staple and his namesake streetwear brand Staple for their NTVRL collection that spans from apparel to footwear.
The collaboration started in early 2017 by combining both fashion and fitness in the designs that only use premium materials, multifunctional constructions and details, and performance technology. Staple’s concept for the futuristic Puma Tsugi Shinsei is for the sneaker to be flexible in a style that one can wear it from workout to a casual evening out without ever changing footwear.
- Perforations are placed on the side panels of the Puma TSUGI Shinsei x Staple for enhanced breathability.
- NTRVL branding is placed at the back heel stretch band while a trademark Puma cat logo can be seen on the tongue.
- Canadian singer and songwriter The Weeknd was spotted wearing the Staple collaboration. The Weeknd also collaborated with Puma in another design called The Weeknd x Puma TSUGI Shinsei Nido.