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    Low Top

    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

    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.

    High Top

    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.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    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.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    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.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    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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Freestyle Hi shoes by Reebok were designed for athletic sessions. This is clearly seen from the high-top construction of the sneakers which provide ample ankle support. This new iteration kept that detail intact although the brand did away with the velcro straps of the old. 

According to some users, the shoes come larger than standard measurement. Sizing down by about a half size can fix this issue. The shoes are offered in sizes ranging from 5 to 11. 

Men have worn the classic Reebok Freestyle Hi Tops (because who can say no to that style even if it’s made for women?), and they can do so still with this new version by going up 1.5 sizes from their usual. Since the model’s supposed to run long, 1 size up may suffice. 

Be bold and daring with Reebok Freestyle Hi Nova Ripple x Gigi Hadid sneakers. Pair these with your favorite gym outfits such as a sports bra and leggings or bike shorts. Top off with a pullover if you want to get warm. 

The shoes are available in black and white colorways which look good with either neutral shades or bright ones.

Sometimes when classics are given makeovers, they fail. But other times, the results can be phenomenal. These Reebok Freestyle Hi Nova Ripple x Gigi Hadid sneakers are the latter. The clean leather construction and the hiking-inspired details (chunky boot silhouette, ripple soles, and hiking laces) lend the old classic style a chic, edgy vibe.

Reebok Hi Freestyle shoes came out in the early 80s (1982, to be exact) and were an instant hit. An absolute genius move by Reebok, the company decided to produce the first athletic shoes for women. With fitness craze at its peak in the years running from the 70s to the 80s and with mostly women as patrons of the sport, the shoe release was almost guaranteed to succeed from the outset. 

The high-top model was ideal for aerobic exercises because the shoes gave the ankles enhanced protection. Double velcro straps brought added lock-in security along with the lace-up front. The initial release came out in a variety of hues including blue, pink, orange, and red among others, which was another reason why the Reebok Freestyle Hi model became such a success.

To this day, Freestyle Hi sneakers remain in production. Various iterations of the iconic shoes have also come out including the Freestyle Hi Nova (a toned-down version of the Freestyle Hi) and Gigi Hadid’s Freestyle Hi Nova Ripple. 

Reebok’s Freestyle Hi Nova Ripple sneakers follow the more understated feel of the Freestyle Hi Nova but add in hiking elements for a more adventurous vibe. 

  • Reebok Freestyle Hi Nova Ripple x Gigi Hadid shoes are made of textured leather uppers. 
  • Round wax laces, chunky ripple rubber soles, and neon infusions on the insoles and tongues complete the hiking-inspired look of the shoes.

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