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
The Sperry Top-Sider Striper II Retro is offered in men’s sizes from 4 to 16 in wide and medium widths. While Sperry did not make these shoes available in women’s sizing, women buyers can still get their hands on these. They just have to subtract 1.5 from their usual size to get the equivalent sizing in men’s. The sneaker’s low-top construction gives the ankles a freer range of motion.
Sperry Striper II Retro Style
The Sperry Striper II Retro is made for summertime. Its clean, laidback look matches well with a wide variety of casual clothing. Walk leisurely under the bright, sunny days with this sneaker. Men can easily pair up this sneaker with chinos, relaxed and slim-fit shorts, light denim pants, button-downs, polo shirts, and rolled-up long-sleeved shirts. On the other hand, women can dress the Sperry pair up with comfortable bright-colored shorts or short skirts for that laidback summer fashion.
The Sperry Striper II Retro is offered in four classic-looking colorways, such as Light Grey, Navy, White, and Red.
The Sperry Top-Sider Striper II Retro has a durable, breathable canvas upper, fastened by a traditional lace-up style with fabric laces and rust-proof eyelets. Applied with the classic Molded Wave-Siping, its lightweight and flexible non-marking outsole delivers a sure-footed grip on both wet and dry surfaces.
Sperry Striper II Retro History
One night in the Sirocco boat, everyone was asleep but Paul Sperry, who slipped off the wet deck and plunged into the sea. Luckily, he managed to grab hold of some rigging and pulled himself back up. The incident gave him an idea to make a boat shoe that didn’t slip on wet surfaces. Once back on land, Sperry worked tirelessly on his design throughout the winter of 1935.
After countless experiments on the rubber soles, Sperry still couldn’t get the grip he wanted. Needing to clear his mind, Sperry stepped out into the snow and brought along his cocker spaniel, named Prince. Sperry was watching Prince running swiftly over the sheets of the ice when another idea struck him. When Prince came back, he checked the dog’s paws, found out what he wanted, and dashed to his workshop.
With a penknife, he painstakingly carved thin lines into a thin rubber sole. He mimicked the grooves on his dog’s paws. It dramatically improved grip on wet surfaces. He soon came up with a zig-zag herringbone cut pattern. When he finally glued the hand-cut rubber sole to the base of an old shoe, his first boat shoe prototype was done.
Not long, Sperry produced the world’s first boat shoe in 1935, the Canvas Circular Vamp Oxford (CVO). It was an instant roaring success. Throughout the decades, various Sperry sneakers appeared, all of which carry the brand's signature clean, preppy style and the famous outsole that has the legendary dog grooves in it.
Now going back to their archives, the brand brought back one of their classics, which elegantly endured the test of time: the Sperry Striper II Retro. Looking simply timeless, the Sperry Striper II Retro carries on Sperry’s legacy as being a topnotch, classic footwear brand.
- The sneaker has a removable cushioned footbed, which molds to the contours of the foot, giving it a custom and comfortable fit.
- A protective heel and toe bumper are added for a more retro look.