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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The Saucony Grid 9000 Knit sneaker runs true to size. The revamped kick is kept snug with a one-piece cleatie interior and premium rope laces. It also comes in men’s sizes 5 to 14 and women’s sizes 4 to 11 in medium width.
The knit material upgrade is a modern facelift to the famous 1990s performance running shoe. The suede and knit combination work in a variety of outfits with its amazing colorways of cream, black, and grey.
The speckled midsole and the unique pattern of the knitted material make this a fashionable choice for many sneaker fans that could easily pair them in jeans, short pants, and another casual garb. The overall look does not come far behind other brands with the same knit materials on their footwear. The same elements have recently become popular during spring and summer months when lighter and more breathable materials are utilized in many sneakers.
The superior cushioning coming from the Ground Reaction Inertia Device or GRID midsole of this retro sneaker remains to be its most striking feature. The soft cushioning of the thick midsole was designed in the 1990s as a feature that would simultaneously absorb shock and regulate mediolateral motion for a smooth run without impact and fatigue on foot.
Aside from this striking feature, the shoe also boasts of a speckled knit upper material, and suede overlays that complete the updated look of the Saucony Grid 9000 Knit.
Performance runners were the first users of the Saucony Grid 9000. The favorite performance running shoe was first released in 1994 by Saucony.The shoe uses the brand’s signature G.R.I.D. midsole which stand for Ground Reaction Inertia Device promising a comfortable run with improved shock absorption, stability, and cushioning.
Over the years, the Saucony Grid 9000 had several design updates, new color treatments, and upgraded materials. Since 2012, Saucony had several design collaborations with footwear retailers such as the Boston-based Bodega and New Jersey-based Packer Shoes with the Bodega x Saucony Grid 9000 Elite and the Packer x Saucony Grid 9000 Trail Pack design collaborations.
In time for the 10th anniversary of Australian publication Sneaker Freaker, the retailer joined forces in bringing out the all black with mint accents of the Sneaker Freaker x Saucony Grid 9000 “Bushwhacker.”
In 2013, a Premium Pack of the Saucony Grid 9000 was released with the signature three-holed branding and was later followed in Fall by the Saucony Grid 9000 Three Rivers Pack. Several partnerships with retailers were forged in 2014 with Kith, The RISE, Bodega, Extra Butter, Packer Shoes, and Play Cloths making the Grid 9000 even more popular.
These design collaborations include: the Bodega x Saucony Grid 9000 “Polka Dot” Pack; the Extra Butter x Saucony Grid 9000 Advanced Crew Escape Suit or ACES, Packer Shoes x Saucony Grid 9000 or “Snow Beach” Pack ; the Saucony Grid 9000 “Kithstrike”; the holiday-released Play Cloths x Saucony Grid 9000 “Motocross,” and RISE x Saucony Grid 9000 “Keys Open Doors” Pack.
The following year, the Saucony Grid 9000 Hallowed Pack was released in time for the Halloween 2015. End clothing also had collaboration with shoe brand with the END x Saucony Grid 9000 “White/Noise.” In 2016, Saucony also partnered with Miami-based Shape Gallery for a Grid 9000 with the beach vibe as an homage to the 1990s Florida surf culture.
That same year, the Saucony Grid 9000 Letterman design was released. The year 2016 continued to be a collaborative one for the brand with the release of Billy’s x Saucony Grid 9000 Nippon Pack in a Japanese-inspired colorway. Also released that same year is the Saucony Grid 9000 Liberty pack.
Also released in 2016 was the Boxing-inspired “Sparring with Saucony Sneaks” which showcases a combination of navy blue, red, white and gold. The Saucony Grid 9000 Knit came out later in the year with a Jacquard knit base with a splattered pattern and suede leather overlays. The shoe was released in cream, black, and grey colorways.
- Debossed Saucony nameplate in the upper side eyelet and tongue pull tab.
- Three-dot signature Saucony branding on the side panel.
- One-piece cleatie collar and tongue for better fitting in the Saucony Grid 9000 Knit.