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.
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Cutting the sole in portions dramatically reduces the weight of the sneaker, but a midsole that is sturdy and lightweight should compensate for it. Enter the 3D Ultralite EVA foam. For the sneaker’s enclosure, an abstract system of lacing was introduced along with pull tabs at the tongue and the heel. The carbon fiber shank underneath promotes a smooth transition from heel to toe.
The men’s Reebok 3D OP. 98 is available in sizes 6 to 12 without half sizes. It follows the standard width of D medium.
Dad sneakers, or ugly shoes per se, should always be partnered with loose hanging trousers that are straightly cut. It is advisable for these pants to be free-flowing, but then again there are some who would like to flaunt every part of this weird low top. With that being said, skinny jeans and joggers with matching high socks are the go-to for these guys. Styling the Reebok 3D OP. 98, in general, should be partnered with sporty clothes or baggy apparel.
The noticeable features of Reebok 3D OP. 98 sneakers would probably be two things: its paint splattered-looking upper and the dissected midsole tooling. The webbed up detailing on the sneaker’s upper would surely lock eyes from on-lookers which are known to be assembled either with suede or patent leather. The second thing is the dino-resembling tooling that consists of a carbon fiber shank as its base, and huge chunks of 3D Ultralite foams for its midsole.
With the prominence of athleisure footwear in recent years, global brands had continued to improvise their sneaker portfolio. What another way to keep up with the concurrent trend than to look back in their design archives and haul a good bunch of retro cues. Yes, it is a bit ironic for a sportswear company to pull inspiration from the past, but its relevance nowadays boils down to the inexplicable taste for ugly or dad sneakers.
Almost any other global player in the apparel industry joined in with the bandwagon of producing “dad shoes” for fashion and lifestyle. One of those brands who aspire to catch a decent piece of the market was Reebok. With the Instapump Fury’s outline in mind, Reebok punches their time-machine and revisits several of their chunky 90s silhouettes which are initially built for running and other whatnots.
One of the promising resurrections that Reebok spearheaded involved the old school silhouette from 1998 called the Pump Opus. The now Adidas-owned company approached designer Carlos Escobar to reinvent the 90s runner alongside the brilliant minds of Steve Smith, Paul Litchfield, and Peter Foley. Escobar introduced a contemporary take on the low top, chunky runner and fluffs the upper more while leaving the tooling untouched.
The Opus Runner had the privilege to be retroed in a collection of fashion-forward iterations including the Reebok 3D OP. 98, 3D OP. Lite, 3D OP. Fractional, 3D OP. Pro, and probably many more. But the one that takes the avant-garde accenting up a notch was the Reebok 3D OP. 98. Its eccentric taste of mixed-matched materials proved worthy in the dad shoe pantheon today.
The Reebok 3D OP. 98 shoes carry on the Instapump Fury’s legacy via the carbon fiber plate for its mid shank tooling. The midsole is also updated with a 3D Ultralite material for a lightweight feel without disrupting the vintage appearance of its predecessor. The low top sneaker’s cut-out collar oozes with modern detailing coupled by pull loops on the tongue and heel for ease of entry. The 3D OP. 98’s radical design fuses suede/patent leather overlays with a breathable textile upper sitting on top of a dinosaur-like sole.
- Underlays are composed of a textile material.
- 90s Reebok vector logo can be seen on the tongue, heel, outsole, and insole with accommodating Reebok brandings.
- Two colorways were introduced in 2018 namely the Gold/Black and True Grey/Green.
- It was unveiled on August 17, 2018, with an initial retail price of $150.