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.
Reebok Classic Leather & Knitted History
After the commercial success of Reebok's leather-crafted Freestyle shoe, the brand decided to apply leather on a running shoe. This first-ever running shoe made out of leather was introduced in 1983 and was dubbed the Reebok Classic Leather. People loved the pair's minimal design and classic silhouette, which eventually helped in its rise to fame. The Reebok Classic Leather is considered by most as the brand's first real success story.
Despite it being introduced as a running shoe, its popularity subsequently crossed over to the streets and became established as a lifestyle sneaker staple. Its classic good looks transcended fast trends and still regarded as one of the most sought-after kicks today. The shoe's unwavering relevance throughout the years made it Reebok's most iconic shoe in the entirety of its archives.
With its established reputation and classic design, the Classic Leather became like a blank canvas that different artists, designers, stores, and brands wanted to put their own interpretation on. Some of the pairs released in partnership with these personalities were deemed as ‘collector's items' due to its ultra-limited supply and high demand. Some of the more notable collaborations are with the brand Palace Skateboards and artist Kendrick Lamar.
In December 2016, Reebok released an iteration of the shoe with a slight modification in its upper. As the name implies, the Reebok Classic Leather & Knitted featured the use of a knitted material in the upper, more specifically in the midfoot and toe areas, which offers a more breathable and lightweight ride. It also comes in tonal colorways that add to the pair's overall stylish design.
Reebok Classic Leather & Knitted Style
Equipped with a more modern look and comfort, the Reebok Classic Leather & Knitted is an iconic profile with a style upgrade. Its tonal colorways that cover the whole shoe makes for a stylish shoe that makes heads turn, while its low-top silhouette makes for easy mix and matching with an array of casual ensembles.
Fit & Sizing
The Reebok Classic Leather & Knitted is offered exclusively in men's sizing that ranges from 5 to 15. Ladies who would like to cop a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their standard shoe size. This kick reportedly runs smaller than expected so fitting it in person is best recommended.
This kick's upper is crafted from textured knit underlays and leather suede upper for breathability, style, and durability. It features a monochromatic color from the upper to the outsole, which adds to its uniqueness and overall style. Finally, both the shoe's tongue and collar are padded for extra comfort and cushioning.
- The shoe is available in D – Medium width.
- It is also called the Reebok Classic Leather Knit.