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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Saucony Grid 8500 Weave History
Saucony is an American company founded in 1898, on the high banks of Saucony Creek in Pennsylvania. Although the brand is somewhat underrated when compared with other athletic footwear companies, Saucony has produced some of the best-loved running shoes in the world—the Grids 8000 and 9000.
The Grid series came about from Saucony’s technology: the Ground Reaction Inertia Device (GRID). The Saucony Grid SD, launched in 1991, was the first to incorporate this midsole technology. The GRID used negative spaces carved into critical areas of the midsole to generate the most advantageous point for shock absorption. It created stable cushioning across the heel and lessened impact strain to the hip, lower leg, ankle, back, and knee joints.
The Grid 8000 debuted in the same year that the Grid SD did. It featured perf details in the upper for improved breathability. Three years later, an updated version was launched, the Grid 8000 CL, which used blended composite Hytrel filaments in an interlocking pattern designed to work with the midsole’s GRID system for improving shock reduction and enhancing stability.
In 1994, Saucony released the Grid 9000. The 9000 is a premium sneaker built for running. It had a gum outsole, neoprene tongue, EVA midsole, and a mix of materials on the upper including suede and mesh.
The Grid 8500 Weave is a hybrid shoe which fuses maximum comfort with uncompromising traction.
It comes from a combination of these two classics—the Grid 8000 CL and Grid 9000. The shoe’s cushioned midsole and outsole take from the comfortable Grid 8000 CL while the impeccable style and upper is a copy of the 9000.
Saucony Grid 8500 Weave Style
The stylish and intricate woven suede upper is the first thing that catches the eye of any casual observer. That, along with the speckled GRID midsole make this shoe easily stand out in a crowd.
It looks best when paired with joggers, jeans, and running shorts.
Fit & Sizing
The Grid 8500 Weave is a low top available in D-medium width for men with sizes ranging from 4.5 to 13. Some half sizes are available.
The shoes’ detailed woven construction commandeers attention the way a bright colorway normally would. It also features a trim and elegant shape accented by suede and leather overlays. Debossed branding can be seen under the sole and at lateral parts of the shoe.
The shoe features Saucony’s signature midsole cushioning system, G.R.I.D., for improved stability and enhanced cushioning.
- The shoe’s upper is a combination of woven suede, synthetic leather, and nubuck.
- The Saucony Grid 8500 Weave features a removable insole and textile cushioning and lining.
- Available at a discounted price at some retailers.
- Weight is 14 oz.
- Colorways available are: Black, Grey, and Cream.