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 Belle uses laces for its lockdown which runs through six eyelets. Women can purchase a pair of these low top platforms in sizes ranging from 5 to 11. These sneakers are constructed in a women’s medium width.
Steve Madden Belle Style
Going for a Robin Sparkles look with glittering details embellished on apparel coincides with the Belle’s low top agenda, but those are for the bold. Toning down with denim, dresses, skirts, or shorts always does the trick for a fitted look leaving the shiny studs on the shoe’s upper to do its job and stand out.
Most of the Steve Madden Belle’s colorway comes in a white sole while its upper diversifies into different designs and materials including Leopard Multi, White Multi, Rainbow Multi, and Plaid.
The exemplary element in the sneaker’s assembly is the polished metallic studs found across the lace bed extending to the heel. The heel tab also contains a generous amount of these shiny bob-heads resembling the look of a sissy biker gang member but in a good way.
Steve Madden Belle History
Shoes were far off from Steve Madden’s radar since he was a kid. Though his father was a textile manufacturer, he only developed his knack for footwear when Steve worked for a shoe store in 1974. Seeing that the platform trend was getting more popular and hip, Steve gradually gave birth to an inclination for its style.
He attended the University of Miami but got kicked out after two years because of his frolicky nature. Out of school and workless, he decided to take a job near his Long Island home in 1978. After two years of working on the same shoe store, he decided to move up the ladder and work for a New York shoe wholesaler called L.J. Simone Footwear. It was also in L.J. Simone where he acquired his skill in creating footwear for teenagers such as white fringe boots and penny loafers.
Roughly ten years after his employment under L.J., Steve began to market his own design under the roof of MCM Footwear Company. He was responsible for the creation and marketing of the Souliers line where every shoe has his name on it plus a ten percent profit on every sale. It was a brief stint, and after two years, he established his own company in 1990 naming it Steve Madden, Ltd.
The company’s production cycle consists of a system where Steve produces his own design and then markets it to New York-city area stores at the back of his car’s trunk. Borrowing money from his friends, Steve set-up a small office in the Long Island City neighborhood with one employee under his payroll. Soon after, his chunky designs attracted names in the fashion industry who used Madden’s shoes in the catwalk.
By 1993, Steve Madden was operating a small retail store with an employee number growing from one to 13. The company is now diversifying into different styles including boots, clogs, and sandals which are manufactured in Mexico, Brazil, and New York City. By that time, the company went public and sold 1.725 million shares at $4 a share harking in $5.6 million in net proceeds.
The Mary Jane was Steve Madden, Ltd.’s creme de la creme way back in the early stretches of the company’s existence. These so-called “fat-lady” shoes raked in a generous amount of following which was succeeded by another iteration called the Mary Lou. The latter was constructed with premium black leather which was also mentioned in the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
As the company expanded into different footwear designs and measures, it eventually ended up including sneakers into their shoe repertoire. Steve Madden Ltd. Not only catered the growing feminine public but also dressed up men’s feet as well as kids. Despite the allegations behind his partnership with Stratton Oakmont, Madden managed to stay on board the shoe game by stepping down as CEO and acting as a consultant.
The now known persistent company owns 250 stores worldwide in over 65 countries with 120 of them found across the USA. Acquiring net sales of $1.4 billion in 2015, the shoe producer shows no signs of stopping. Women-centric sneakers like the Steve Madden Belle showcases feminine flair in a sporty silhouette complete with the glitter of metallic studded accents on top.
- The lining and the outsole are both made of synthetic materials.
- Cushioning is provided by a lightly-padded insert.
- The materials on the upper are composed of a combination of PU (polyurethane) and haircalf.
- The cow hair originated from China.
- The sneaker retails at $90.