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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Fit & Sizing
The Saucony Azura’s sizing is available in men’s and women’s sizes and in medium width. It also runs true to size. The shoe has comfortable padding in the collar and tongue with removable insoles with Saucony branding. Shoes come with flat regular laces that secure the foot. Saucony Azura shoes are sold in men’s sizes from 4 to 14. Ladies may also get this design.
With the popularity of retro runners, the Saucony Originals Azura’s re-release came at the right time when these heritage sneakers from the 1980s have remained to be a staple among fashion circles. While the design seems underrated for its features, the Saucony Azura shoes have lived up to its ‘80s marketing slogan of “No hot air or hype” by keeping things purely about the running-inspired sneaker’s features.
Retro runners are among the most versatile of sneakers since its classic features go about with just any outfit you have in your wardrobe. The Azura, a part of Saucony’s Originals collection, simply blend in and most of the time does not overpower your other clothing unlike, say a modern or futuristic shoe, or a chunky-soled dad shoe.
What further catches the attention of the public to the Saucony Azura casual shoes is its beautiful aesthetics starting with the suede overlays in unique and often contrasting colors that give it a 1980s vibe. The shoe also makes a great everyday sneaker for work, school, or for regular city activities as it is lightweight, breathable, and comfortable.
The torsional rigidity bar or the TPU stabilizer of the Saucony Azura sneaker has been retained from the original design because it delivers reliable support and stability to the Saucony Azura on feet. The sneaker also has a synthetic microsuede material that is 100% organic while providing structure and color-blocking overlays in the upper. The ripstop mesh material, meanwhile, provides breathability together with some perforations placed all over the shoe.
Saucony has a long history of creating running shoes and later on lifestyle sneakers. Founded by Russian immigrant A.R. Hyde, it was built at the high banks of Saucony Creek in Pennsylvania, USA, hence its name. The brand first made a breakthrough in the footwear industry when two of its shoes made it to the Top 10 running shoes by Runner’s World in 1979.
Soon several designs like their popular GRID series of shoes started to flood the market. Other technical footwear was soon produced by the brand. As retro footwear became trendy, the brand has also resurrected some of its 1980s designs to cater to the needs of the public for sneakers with throwback appeal. One of these designs is the Saucony Azura.
The Saucony Azura was originally released in 1988. The company released them on December 18, 2018, or some 30 years after the brand dropped the original. On the 30th anniversary of the lightweight runner, it came out in beautiful color blocking designs. The Azura shoe by Saucony returned in its original colorways like yellow, grey, navy, and orange options for only $85.
- EVA midsole and padded interiors provide comfort for the Saucony Azura retro runner.
- Triangular rubber lugged outsole of the shoe has excellent grip and traction for various surfaces.
- Saucony branding at the tongue and sockliner. Azura branding detail is placed at the lateral side.