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.
Fit & Sizing
Due to the clipping nature of the sneaker, the Reebok Instapump Fury OG Ultraknit tends to run small. The slightly tight feel aids in keeping the foot in place and adds snug aside from the Pump mechanism for lockdown. The Ultraknit upper is lightweight and movable thus adds more coziness to the overall feel of the sneaker.
The sneaker follows a men's type of construction which runs from 4 to 12 in D medium widths. Due to its generous sizing, women who would like to cop a pair are advised to go down 1.5 sizes from the men's.
Reebok InstaPump Fury OG Ultraknit Style
The sneaker maintains the same detailing and colorway theme as the original release in 1994 with a mid-top Ultraknit underlay that wraps around the foot. This feature is best partnered with decorative high socks and jeans uncovering the combo. Pants with gartered ends like joggers usually do the trick.
The OG colorway of the Instapump Fury gets a comforting revamp by the means of the Ultraknit upper material which runs all the way above the ankle. The mid-top sneaker also has pull tabs extending above the collar for an easier entry.
Reebok InstaPump Fury OG Ultraknit History
Pumping sneakers was a massive thing in the late 80s up to the 90s as spearheaded by the Reebok Pump. It was an innovative tech that featured a customizable fit which conforms to the bumps and grooves of the foot. Reebok even promoted the sneaker with the slogan: "No two feet are alike." The Pump's success was soon to be rivaled by another shoe designed to walk or run the trail.
The Reebok Instapump Fury was the brainchild of Steve Burris, Steve Smith, Paul Litchfield, and Peter Foley when they decided to combine all their ideas into one jampacked sneaker. The design came from Smith's framework which had issues at first because the management would want more subdued colors in grey. To prove his point, Smith surveyed several people, and his original colorway of bright yellow and red won over the grey ones with 65/35.
The Instapump Fury, or the Fury for short, contains a handful of revolutionary technologies that was even passed on to future Reebok Fury iterations. The Hexalite cushioning provides a lightweight midsole which disperses the impact through the surface of the shoe. Another coveted tech is the addition of a GraphLite carbon fiber shank for stability and a smooth ride. And last but surely not the least is the inclusion of the Pump mechanism which contains a pumping apparatus on the top of the vamp that goes through an air bladder that wraps the quarter of the foot granting a customizable fit.
The Fury received somewhat polarizing views from sneakerheads with its unorthodox design which was said to be futuristic. Some find it ugly while some find it bold enough, but as the years passed, the sneaker crept its way up the fashion ladder. Celebrities, especially the ones from the far east countries, soon had an affinity with these radical kicks which can be blamed with Jackie Chan's favoritism for them.
The Instapump Fury had seen numerous design changes and continues to inject modern upgrades through the decades. Material changes soon overtook the model as seen with the Reebok Instapump Fury OG Ultraknit which features the soft and conforming knitted textile counterpart of the Primeknit from Adidas. The sneaker was released in the summer of 2017.
- The sneaker uses an Injection Molded EVA midsole which is accompanied by a Hexalite cushioning on the heel for lightweight impact protection.
- Grip and traction are granted by the high abrasion rubber outsole with patterned spots.
- On November 6, 2017, a new edition was introduced namely the Reebok Instapump Fury OG Ultraknit TL which features two colorways including black/white with graphic striking and Stone Gray with a pink knit upper.
- The sneaker retails at $240 a pop.