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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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.
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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.
Sperry Cloud CVO Death Star History
The Sperry Top-sider was established by American inventor and avid sailor Paul Sperry in 1935. Sperry invented non-slip rubber soles that became the foundation of the now famous boat shoes. The idea of coming up with the non-slip rubber outsoles did not come in an instant but by accident.
In one sailing trip, Sperry almost slipped on the deck of his boat. Knowing the perils of sailors moving in ships amid torrential rains and wet floors, Sperry thought of an idea to make the non-slip soles. After observing the paws of his dog, he mimicked the familiar herringbone pattern on the paws of his dog after observing that the dog rarely slips on the deck even if it is drenched.
Sperry came up with several designs for added traction on the soles of sailor’s shoes. Using siping technology or the process of splitting the sole invented and patented by John Sipe in the 1920s. Several prototypes later, the first Sperry shoe design involved the canvas shoes Circular Vamp Oxford also known as the CVO. The CVO then was a favorite design that many in the sailing community patronized them.
With textured rubber outsoles, the CVO was eventually released into four other designs like the slip-on moccasin and the stitched-on leather iteration including the more popular top-sider model now popularly known as the Authentic Originals that was made out of tanned leather. The CVO design was produced in partnership with Commonwealth Shoe and Leather Co.
The CVO shoes was a favorite product among American sailors that in 1939 the US Navy bought the rights to manufacture Sperrys at the United States Naval Academy. Paul Sperry eventually sold ownership of the company to the US Rubber Company in 1940. For several years the company ownership changed hands from various corporate owners like the Stride Rite Corporation, which bought the rights to manufacture the shoes along with another famous US sneaker brand Keds.
In 2007, the company was bought by Payless ShoeSource but only after a few years, the company ownership again changed hands this time to Wolverine World Wide and Blum Capital Partners who purchased the company for over $1.2 billion. Wolverine World Wide currently owns other famous brands like Merrell and Hush Puppies. They also manufacture shoes for Caterpillar and Harley-Davidson. Also listed among its subsidiaries include Keds, Saucony, Stride Rite, and Sperry Top-sider.
Despite the change in ownership, the Cloud CVO line remains to be among Sperry’s most famous and enduring releases. Since 1935, the Cloud CVO silhouette with its canvas upper and vulcanized high traction sole remains a top seller for the brand.
The heritage sneaker was given a proper makeover recently when the Sperry x Star Wars collection made its debut in retail on August 10, 2017. The selection offers three slip-on designs and two laced-up styles. These are the Sperry Cloud Slip-on McQuarrie showing epic scenes of the X-Wing flight to destroy the Death Star and the battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Another shoe, the Cloud Slip-on Droids has on print two iconic heroes, C-3PO and R2 D2. While another, the Cloud Slip-on Han Chewie features the classic characters Chewbacca and Hans Solo.
Meantime, the lace-up versions involve the subtly designed Sperry Cloud CVO Rebel Pilot with its bold orange colorway inspired by the jumpsuits of X-Wing pilots and the Sperry Cloud CVO Death Star, which takes a nod to the evil Galactic Empire with the Imperial logo printed on its sides.
Sperry Cloud CVO Death Star Style
If subtlety in expressing a Star Wars vibe is concerned, the Sperry Cloud CVO Death Star has that covered. While others might have been expressive in their admiration to the space opera franchise, other fans would want a tamer approach to fandom.
After all, the devotees of the evil Galactic Empire and its most formidable weapon the Death Star etched on the side heel canvas, and the green super laser symbolism coming from the intergalactic weapon cutting through the outsole edges of this sneaker would already suggest their allegiance to the dark side.
Seriously, though, the black colorway of this men’s sneaker is versatile and befitting of the personality of every male diehard Star Wars fanatic. With its washed black hues, high traction rubber soles, and breathable canvas, wear this pair at the nearest Star Wars convention or the latest movie screening from the George Lucas and Disney franchise, and you’ll hardly go unnoticed.
Fit & Sizing
The snug fit of the Sperry Cloud CVO Death Star sneaker is an issue to some wearers. With its narrow fitting, some would opt to wear this true to size shoe a full size higher to get a comfortable fit. The shoes are kept secure by regular white flat lacing that holds the feet in place while walking around in this unique Star Wars collectible. Available in unisex sizes 4 to 13 the Sperry Cloud CVO Death Star comes in medium width.
The heritage CVO or Circular Vamp Oxford sneaker of Sperry gets an intergalactic makeover with this latest Star Wars iteration. Most prominent in the Star Wars theme of the Sperry Cloud CVO Death Star is its printed Death Star or galactic superweapon resembling that of a large satellite that hosts the evil Empire forces.
Completing the look is the citron green accent on the black colored canvas shoes’ sole representing the laser beams that can annihilate civilizations and planets with its powerful beams. Also prominent in this breathable sneaker’s features is Sperry’s proprietary Razor-Cut Wave-Siping technology that delivers superior grip and traction.
- The Sperry Cloud CVO Death Star sneaker is part of the Sperry x Star Wars collection that includes the Sperry Cloud Slip-on McQuarrie, Sperry Cloud Slip-on Droids, Sperry Cloud Slip-on Han Chewie, and Sperry Cloud CVO Rebel Pilot.
- Sperry signature logo is placed on the back heel.
- Star Wars logo is placed on the insoles sharing the spotlight with the signature Sperry logo.
- The packaging consists of a creatively designed box in Star Wars theme.