Leather is considered by some as an upgrade over canvas. This is the kind of material that gives sneakers more durability, protection, and sophistication. Many of the most popular leather shoes are variations of the original models that were previously made of mesh or canvas. See *leather sneakers*
The material that is originally designed for sneakers. Back then, canvas was sought after as it was durable, flexible, and extremely lightweight. Today, sneakers made of canvas are wide-ranging as they are normally affordable with plenty of options where style and versatility go. See *canvas sneakers*
Suede kicks are covered with a fibrous version of animal leather giving its users shoes with a softer and more luxurious finish. These footwear provide more durability but considered disadvantageous as it attracts water and dirt easily. Suede sneakers are typically worn during Spring and Winter as many found this modish while providing warmth for the chilly days. See *suede sneakers*
The most common of all materials used in sneakers or shoes of all kinds. Whether it's a performance shoe or a lifestyle shoe, mesh is a most coveted material. It is durable, breathable, and is one of the reasons why a shoe is reasonably-priced.
At the forefront of technological innovation is knit. It offers breathability, sophistication, durability, and lightness that is not found in other materials. It is arguably the best material found in the upper of a sneaker.
The tried and tested outsole material of practically all shoes. It brings a nice mix of cushioning, durability, and impact protection.
The skaters' bestfriend is known for its flexible and soft nature for better board feel. Sneakers with vulcanized sole are ideal for skating for just a casual walk around town.
Also known as crepe soles, gum soles are sought by sneaker fans for their hot or edgy look while bringing in a ton of grip on slippery conditions. It is also more durable than regular rubber soles.
Cup soles are basically the regular rubber variety but with more height on the side walls that allow the rubber to "cup" the upper part of the shoe. The design offers better support during movement.
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.
Although breathability is subjective, it is safe to say that shoes that are mainly made of mesh or has perfortations are particularly superb in providing optimum ventilation. Breathable shoes are sought after as they help prevent users from developing blisters or having a slipper feet. Sneakers with good ventilation also enable sneaker fans from using their shoes sockless without fear of having a smelly feet. See *breathable sneakers*
Fit is highly personal and a shoe that is Orthotic-friendly raises this feature to a different level. Sneakers with removable insoles allow the user to be more comfortable and also give a more "customized" support based on usage. Across all brands, Orthotic-friendly shoes are found at an affordable price and in stylish designs. See *orthotic-friendly sneakers*
Vegan sneakers are generally produced using methods and materials that do not involve experimentation on animals, which make them technically cruelty-free. Ideally, all sections of a vegan sneaker – from its upper down to its sole composition, including the ingredients used in the assembly of the shoe, such as adhesives -- are free of any traces of animal parts and animal by-products. See *vegan sneakers*
Style never goes out even during the rainy season. Sneakers made of waterproof material is quickly becoming a must-have, particularly for people on the go. Waterproof sneakers prevent water from seeping into the shoe and help keep the foot warm and dry.
Sneakers with reflective materials are now sought by many. Although shoes of this type are not as important as those used for running, these kind of sneakers are also needed by sneaker fans for safety, particularly while going out at night.
Also dubbed as ugly shoes or turbo trainers, dad sneakers are chunky footwear inspired by the rubber shoes our fathers strutted in the 80s and 90s. These kicks feature massive soles adding few inches to the wearers' heights, with a thick and well-padded upper for ultra-comfortable strides, and often finished with curvy lines, patterns, and striking colors for flashier charm. See *Dad sneakers*
In the sneaker world, classic is the name of the game. The older the shoe is, the more it is sought-after by sneaker fans. Classic sneakers are basically the original models with very little or almost no changes since they were released years ago. Fans of classic sneakers can have their fill as the choices are so many and they vary in price, style, and design. See *classic sneakers*
Oversized and thick soles best describe platform sneakers. Specifically, sneakers within this category are outfitted with at least 1” sole. *Puma Thunder Spectra* and *Balenciaga Triple S Trainers* are the widely popular models of this category. The trend started and continues to be a hit among women, but has recently caught the attention of men as well. See *platform sneakers*
These are sneakers that are initially released in the past, preferably a decade ago, and eventually resurrected due to its popularity. These re-released sneakers are now assembled with modern materials though their constructions lie close to the original model. Some of the most famous lines capitalizing on this trend come from the Jordan series as well as the Air Max, New Balance 990, Adidas EQT lines to name a few. See *retro sneakers*
Adidas' most popular cushioning technology, BOOST utilizes the TPU(thermoplastic polyurethane) in the midsole that offers superior energy return and impact absorption to wearers. Many of Adidas' classic sneakers are now featuring this sophisticated midsole tech.
Adidas fuses its own technology on ordinary fabric to create a flexible, yet long lasting upper. This material is renowned for enhancing the comfort and and fit of sneakers in Adidas collection.
A midsole cushioning tech that provides efficient shock absorption in the forefoot and heel. An enhanced version is also available, called the AdiPRENE+.
The Nike Joyride is a cushioning technology that uses thousands of strategically positioned small TPE beads in the midsole. These beads arrange themselves around the foot for a unique underfoot experience. As the foot strikes the ground, the beads experience multi-directional displacement to absorb the impact while maximizing the energy return.
The Nike Lunarlon is a lightweight cushioning technology that was inspired by the manner on how astronauts bounce on the moon. This tech provides spring-like cushioning to its wearers and distributes impact across the foot. This shock-absorbing technology is used in many of Nike's performance sneakers, such as basketball, tennis, skateboarding, running, and training.
The top of the line upper material of Nike that is made of micro-engineered knit for lightweight, durable, and form-fitting fit. Sneakers with Flyknit uppers are some of the most comfortable shoes around.
One of Vans' latest tech that is launched to improve the comfort and support of the old classics. Most of Vans' iconic shoes now offer this midsole and outsole tech for an even better sneaker experience.
Vans' DNA as a skating brand is not lost despite their classics being used as a lifestyle wear than usual skating. For loyal Vans fans, the UltraCush HD for sockliners brings more protection without sacrificing board feel from the brand's top of the line sneakers.
These are sneakers that are normally durable, versatile, and are usually stylish due to the spring-like vibrant colors. There's a wide variety of options for those who wish to travel in Spring as the choices for breathable and comfortable sneakers are just as easily available. Considering that Spring sneakers are some of the most affordable and versatile on the market, it's no wonder they are a dime dozen for everyone. See *spring sneakers*
These must-cop kicks for the warm season are typically made of durable, lightweight, and breathable materials that will lessen its wearer's chance of having smelly or sweaty feet. Generally covered with brightly colored hues, these heat-busting footwear will surely suit the intense heat of the sun while keeping the user's overall ensemble on-point for the summer. See *summer sneakers*
Still retaining its street-style look, these winter-ready sneakers will undoubtedly keep its wearers feeling comfortable and toasty even when the temperature is way below the freezing point. These kicks are commonly loaded with innovative fabrics, lining, and right technologies designed to retain heat aiding its wearers to survive the sub-zero temperature. Also, some brands add grippy lugs on its flexible outsole for wearers to endure the slushy, slippery terrains. See *winter sneakers*
Sneakers that can be quickly put on or removed and usually possess an upper with a fused tongue with matching elastic accents to keep the shoe in place. Some shoes with straps, toggle laces, and waterproofed iterations in a bootie construction exclude them almost naturally from being called slip-ons. Most major brands contain at least one slip-on in their catalog while a few like Vans and Keds capitalize on the trend.
Easily the most common and popular type of closure in sneakers. The use of laces allow the user a more customized fit and hold. It is for this reason that lace-up shoes are extremely popular and versatile.
Sneaker fans who value convenience find these shoes perfect for their needs. For those who are always on the go, sneakers with straps as closure are a must have. Previously coming almost exclusively in white, different brands now offer this kind of shoes in a multitude of colorways for versatility when it comes to style.
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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.
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.
The high-top is a type of sneaker that covers the area right above the ankle. During its initial years, this footwear had a collar that went well over the top of the ankle. These days, however, it is commonly confused with the mid-top, a sneaker with a slightly shorter collar. Some also get this interchanged with short-collar boots that have a collar height quite similar to the high-top.
As an athletic footwear, this sneaker has been hailed for its performance in the court. As a lifestyle/casual shoe, it has been adored for its appealing aesthetics. Its cut, however, may not work for all types of activities. Its look may also intimidate a few. Below are several reasons why the high-tops are well-loved by some and disliked by others.
Shoes with a high construction have been lauded for its enhanced ankle support.
High-top sneakers are considered as a popular winter/fall shoe for the added protection and warmth they provide in cold weather,
Sneakers with a high-top are also perceived as a reliable hiking shoe alternative on light terrain for the extra protection it offers from cuts, mosquito bites as well as slush and mud.
The heightened collar gives the shoe an edgy look and a retro vibe. Thus, many perceive this as a stylish piece and a fashionista must-have.
Some prefer the lows over high-top sneakers because the added material on the collar tends to make the legs appear shorter.
Commonly paired with jeans, a few think the high-top sneakers lack versatility.
The high collar tends to restrict ankle movement.
It’s less breathable than low- and mid-tops. Unwanted moisture may also build up inside the shoe due to lack of airflow.
A few said this type of shoe is difficult to put on/off.
The lows, for years, have been ever-present compared to the high-top sneakers. The could-be-betters mentioned above could explain why this type is not as ubiquitous as the low-tops. It’s undeniable, however, how much the high-top sneakers have evolved over the years.
Reasons for disliking it has been addressed. Thanks to present-day tech and designers’ limitless creativity, many high-top sneakers to date are now made breathable, versatile and even more manageable.
All You Need to Know About High-Top Sneakers
Types of high-top lifestyle sneakers
There’s a wide array of high-top sneakers to choose from in the market. When it comes to design, there are two types that a sneaker fan must know about. Each one has its pros and cons, thus having a know-how of these two basic types would give anyone on the hunt for the best pair an edge.
Thin. As the name suggests, this casual shoe is built with thin, light material that sits snugly on the leg when the shoes are tied to the top. Its lack of cushioning in the collar may make the wearer’s ankle look small and unproportioned when matched with the wrong outfit. This type, however, offers more flexibility and breathability compared to other high-top sneakers. The slim-styled high-top casual sneakers’ simple design has remained timeless. Commonly seen in retro Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers, other brands also developed their own versions such as the Center Hi model of the PF Flyers and the Royal Hi of PRO-Keds.
Thick. The bulkier version of the high-top sneaker, this type is recognized instantly for its wide ankle and somewhat heavy silhouette. Chunky high-top men’s sneakers and women’s sneakers are often desired for its edgy look. Its voluminous silhouette, though, at times makes feet appear larger than usual. The addition of padding, however, enhances its overall comfort and its ability to keep the feet warm and snug.
Many basketball shoes are styled this way. Among the most sought-after models are the Air Jordan 1 Retro High and the Nike Air Force 1. Vans and Adidas also have a couple of good-looking high-top sneakers available like the Vans Sk8-Hi and the Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost.
Next to comfort, the sneaker’s design is another critical factor looked at by sneaker enthusiasts, regardless of age and gender. A sneaker’s appeal, however, varies from person to person. To meet consumers’ desires, given their diverse and unique styles, brands have dressed high-top sneakers in a myriad of designs, not to mention colors.
A simple update on a high-top sneakers’ color change its aesthetics remarkably. History shows how much a model gains more style credits when it gets outfitted in well-liked hues or one-of-a-kind color combinations. Brands like Adidas and Nike are known to roll off high-top sneakers with superb colorways regularly.
Neutral tones like black, grey and white have always been a crowd favorite for their versatility and subtlety. These hues can be easily paired with any clothing, the garishly-colored outfits included.
Compared to other colorways, the black high-top casual sneakers are seen by both genders as the safest choice. Wearers need not worry about getting dirt, stains and mud on this one. Wiping the soles clean is enough to strut this shoe on the streets.
The white high-top sneakers, though, stand second to black when it comes to popularity. Although keeping these kicks pristinely white is a grueling task, sneaker addicts choose to put in the extra effort to flaunt these stylish wardrobe staples.
Vibrant-colored high-top shoes like the red, yellow, orange and purple steal the spotlight in any event effortlessly. Perfect for the adventurous and the fun-loving, some choose to steer clear of these attention-seeking hues as these can only be matched with a limited number of outfits.
Metallic-tones like the shiny silver, the stunning bronze and the dazzling gold have always been popular. Throughout history, these glittery hues can be seen used in a variety of clothing and fashion accessories, high-top sneakers included.
High-top shoes can be seen in various colors, some in just two tones, others in 3 or more shades, while many keep it simple by strutting one hue. Kicks with a single color, also known as monochromatic, lead when it comes to popularity. The multi-colored ones, however, don’t stray too far when it comes to prominence due to its distinct look.
Colors on sneakers is a great means for self-expression. So a splash of color here and there isn’t in any way bad. In fact, the simplest of outfits instantly gain personality when matched with a pair of high-top sneakers with striking colors.
High-top sneakers’ comfort, durability, function, not to mention price, can be significantly attributed to one factor, its material. Better quality of materials means higher cost. This being said, a basic knowledge of the different materials would help probable buyers narrow down their choices when hunting for their next pair of high-tops.
Leather. Throughout the years, this kind of material has been preferred over others for its durability and practicality. When added to a high-top shoe's upper, the shoe instantly acquires an elegant look.
There are, however, various types of leather. Those that are human-made or synthetic is commonly seen on low-cost to reasonably-priced high-top sneakers. Shoes dressed in top-grade leather, on the one hand, come with a more costly price tag. Premium- leather made high-tops, though, boast improved aesthetics as well as comfort and durability.
Canvas. High-top sneakers have been donned in this type of material since its birth. The Chuck Taylor All Star is mainly known for this. Light and breathable, this kind of fabric is typically used for kicks meant to be worn in the summer. Unlike leather, this one does not repel water and is prone to get wet. It is also less supportive.
Suede. Known for its soft and buttery texture, extra points are automatically given to shoes outfitted with this type of material. A good example is the high-top Adidas Pro Model. Crafted in suede, this shoe looks cooler than its leather equivalent.
Like leather, it also supplies warmth and enhanced durability. This kind of fabric, although attractive and durable, unfortunately, is harder to maintain.
Mesh/Knit. Many modern lifestyle and athletic footwear, the high-top sneakers included, utilize this simple material to make shoes more lightweight and breathable. Those constructed with an all-mesh or one-piece knitted upper boast comfort right out of the box, not to mention freedom of movement. Its support, however, is often questioned.
Skechers Burst Divergent and Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit are just some of the models that have released an all-mesh/woven upper.
As a result of shoe designers’ boundless creativity, high-top sneakers can be seen in countless colors, not to mention styles. Among its famous stunners are:
Velcro-Strapped High-Top Sneakers. Tying shoelaces demand time. The use of Velcro straps on shoes makes fastening easier and quicker. Not only that, but it also gives the high-top sneaker an added casual flair.
Some models, though, feature the traditional lacing system with the addition of a Velcro strap on top for additional ankle support and a better lockdown fit. Nike commonly uses the lace-up and Velcro strap closure combination on their iconic Air Force 1 Mid as well as High models.
Zippered High-Top Sneakers. Putting on high-top sneakers has always been difficult. The addition of a heel or a side zipper makes the slip on/off quick and easy. The zipper also gives the shoe an edgier look, thus making it all the more attractive.
Italian footwear and fashion designer Giuseppe Zanotti is known for his luxurious zippered high-top sneakers with the traditional lace-up fastening system. Vans, Gucci, Ecco are other brands that offer this type of kicks. Some models even have Velcro straps apart from the side zipper and the laces.
Buckled High-Top Sneakers. Aside from Velcro straps and zippers, a few brands (mostly high-end) have used buckles as a closing system for their high-top sneakers.
Shoe buckles, a fashion accessory that has been used since the mid-17th century by both men and women, are commonly seen in dress shoes. A couple of brands, though, have utilized this to give their high-top sneakers a more unconventional yet equally stylish look. Giuseppe Zanotti, Ash and Zara are among the brands that feature a buckled high-top sneaker in their collection.
Vintage High-Top Sneakers. An old-time favorite, high-top sneakers with a retro look continues to be desired for its fashionable yet straightforward aesthetics that never runs out of style.
Under this category, the iconic Converse All Star is considered the most popular. Born in the year 1917, it had stood the test of time while keeping its original silhouette intact. Other classic-styled high-top sneakers include the PF Flyers Center Hi and the High Top Vulcanized sneaker of the Japanese-based brand Shoes Like Pottery.
High-Top Sneakers with Allover Print. A definite eye-catcher, this type of sneaker have graphics all over its upper. Some have prints even on the sole. The extra material on the upper gives shoe designers a bigger canvas for better and more stunning prints and patterns.
Nike is among the brands distinguished for printed high-top sneakers. The Nike Dunk High Top model, in particular, has been seen in a wide array of graphic designs. Other sneaker brands that boast an interesting collection of these type of kicks include Gucci, Saint Laurent and Versace.
Height-Boosting High-Top Sneakers. Perfect for those who need to be off the ground at least an inch or two higher. These height-boosting sneakers can come with platform soles or hidden wedges.
Converse and Puma were among the brands that turned their classic models into platform high-tops, the Puma Suede and Converse All Star included. Skechers, keen to join the hype, also released a high-top sneaker with a hidden wedge dubbed as the Side Street - Minimalistic.
Sock-like High-Top Sneakers. The high demand for lightweight, breathable and comfortable kicks have prompted brands to develop high-top sneakers with a bootie-like construction. The rise of stretchy, durable knitted/woven fabric, however, played a vital role in its conception.
Innovation allowed brands like Nike and Adidas to make these type of kicks. Previously disliked for its restrictive and hard to slip on/off construction, the high-tops are now respected for its added comfort, no-frills build and the ease of movement it gives its wearers. Runners commonly built with a low profile are now seen with a heightened collar. Among the most popular are the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit and the Adidas Adizero XT Boost.
Hoop shoes also morphed with the introduction of knitted material. Often constructed with stiff fabric, basketball shoes are currently made light and flexible. The Under Armour Curry 4 and Nike LeBron 15 are just some of the new knitted, sock-like b-ball high-top sneakers well-received for its superior performance on the court.
High fashion brands have also contributed to this rising trend by releasing their own rendition of the slip-on, bootie high-tops. Balenciaga Speed Trainer, Maison Margiela Glove Sock and Lanvin Mesh High-Top are among the more famous models.
Finding the Right Fit and Sizing
The numeric sizing online or in-store refers to the heel-to-toe measurement or the length of the shoes. Sizing, however, will vary depending on country and manufacturer.
When it comes to width, consumers may find that some high-top sneakers fit narrower than others. Brands, although not all, may offer a particular model in narrow, wide or extra wide width. Many, models, however, are only released in standard width which can either be "B" for women and "D" for men.
With this said, buyers are often forced to size up or down if the shoe fits a bit tight or loose thinking that a smaller or a bigger shoe size would fit better. This solution, though, doesn't work for everyone.
RunRepeat aims to make shoe-shopping significantly easier for consumers, thus, the site also features a few things to aid buyers in the task of finding the right shoe size.
The option to convert shoe sizes to the US, UK and EU sizing is made accessible on the site.
If you have questions about the shoes' build, the GBBL section which outlines what other purchasers are saying about the shoe may be helpful in determining the models' actual sizing and fit.
Data about the lengths and widths available for a particular model are also often provided in the Fit & Sizing section.
Styling High-Top Sneakers
Many have been attracted with shoes that have a high-top construction. Some, however, think twice before getting a pair stating that this type is hard to pull off. In reality, it’s a shoe that is really easy to style. One just has to remember a few things when it comes to matching high-top sneakers with an outfit. Here are a few styling tips to achieve a modern and fashion-forward look.
Both men and women can safely match their high-top sneakers with any pair of jeans.
When wearing thin high-top sneakers, body proportion is maintained by creating volume. This can be done by rolling the bottoms of the jeans.
Women can also match their wide-bottomed pants with thin high-top kicks. Just make sure to show a few inches of your skin between the shoes and the pants and to tie your shoes loosely up to the middle.
Chunky high-top sneakers look great with skinny jeans. Consider going bare legged if you wish to wear it with T-shirt dresses and mini skirts.
For a smart casual look, men can pair their high-top shoes with slim-fit jeans or chinos and a plain shirt.
For men who plan to strut their high-top sneakers in the streets, this type matches well with denim shorts and a hoodie, not to mention cuffed joggers and tapered jeans.
Baggy pants and high-top shoes create a bulky look for men. Opt to wear straight-cut or slim-fit jeans for a sleeker look.
Make your shoes stand out by wearing bottoms that contrast the color of your kicks.
History of High-Top Shoes
Sneakers have been around since the 18th century. Throughout the years, a variety of styles have emerged, proving its staying power. Regardless of its many variations, these can be categorized into three types based on construction: the low-top, the mid-top and the high-top sneakers.
The low-cut lifestyle kicks, renowned for its versatility, are the most ubiquitous among the three. The high-top sneaker stands second, after low-top sneakers, when it comes to prominence in the market. Perceived by many as fashionable, the high-top sneakers boast a history filled with many shifts and turns.
The first rubber-soled shoes were manufactured by the US Rubber Company in 1892. From its inception to the year 1916, they have developed over 30 different kinds which include the first high-top canvas sneakers. These kicks, though, were produced under different brand names. It was only in the year 1916 when they decided to name it under one brand, Keds.
The iconic high-top Converse made its debut in the year 1917. Originally outfitted with a natural brown upper and a black sole, the shoe’s colorway was modified to all-black in 1920. Its name was also changed to Converse All Star. Akron Firestones' b-ball player turned sales specialist and head promoter Charles “Chuck” Taylor entered the scene in 1921 and got his name added to the shoe in 1932.
Renowned for its excellent ankle support, the high-top sneaker, later on, became NBA players’ go-to hoop shoe.
Although commonly used by men, women also gave into the craze. During the 1930s, white- and tan-colored high-top sneakers were preferred over other hues by most women.
Soon enough, other brands like PF Flyer and Onitsuka Tiger made and introduced their version of the high-top shoe.
Fast forward to the 80s and 90s this type of sneaker was also used for other activities like aerobics. A popular model back then was from Reebok called the Freestyle Hi.
During this era, high-top sneakers were outfitted in striking hues like red/black. The Air Jordan 1 is arguably the most popular at that time.
Kicks were also updated with never-before-seen technologies like Reebok’s Hexalite cushioning system and Nike’s visible air bubble unit.
Flashy and stylish, the sporty high-top sneakers soon invaded the streets and became a fashion staple. It became the shoe of choice of the popular culture and was seen in movies like Back to the Future and The Sandlots. It was also worn by musicians like Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.
A hardwood court mainstay, the chunky high-top lost its shine when seasoned NBA star and Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant chose to have a low-cut, lightweight shoe for his fourth Nike Zoom Kobe model.
Despite its descent in popularity as a hoop shoe, high-top sneakers have kept its shine with the continuous rise of the athleisure trend. To date, sneaker addicts, celebrities like Rihanna, Shailene Woodley, Gigi Hadid and Ryan Reynolds included can be seen in the streets strutting their favorite pair of high-tops.
Common Questions Asked About Men’s and Women’s High-Top Sneakers
How much do high-top sneakers cost?
There are considerably fewer models of high-top sneakers in the market compared to the ubiquitous lows. Its price, however, just like the low-top sneakers, may range from budget-friendly to extremely expensive.
Better quality of materials is often seen on premium models. Tech-packed kicks are also expected to be more costly. The shoes' exclusivity, though, plays a major role in determining its price. As a rule of thumb, limited editions released in smaller quantities are usually more expensive than their general release versions.
Below $100. Converse, Vans and Skechers are first on the list of global brands that sell low-cost high-top sneakers. These two are followed by Puma and Reebok. The Vans Sk8-Hi, the Converse Chuck Taylors, the Skechers Hi-Lites – Velvet Vixon, the Puma Sky II Hi Core and the Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi are among the most affordable models in the market.
$100.01-$200. Although brands like Nike and Adidas have affordable high-top sneakers, it is notable that most of their products fall within the average to expensive price range. Sneakers with an average to expensive price tag include the Adidas Tubular X 2.0 and Tubular Instinct as well as the Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot, the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG and the Nike SF Air Force 1.
$200.01 and above. Nike and Adidas have just a few ultra expensive high-top sneaker models like the Nike Air Bakin’ Posite and Adidas Forum Hi Crafted. The Adidas Y-3 collection and other luxury fashion brands like Balenciaga, Golden Goose, Jimmy Choo, Giuseppe Zanotti and Maison Margiela, though, have the most number of high-top sneakers that are crazy expensive. Some of their high-top sneakers are even valued at more than $1K.
Do women's and men's high-top shoes' pricing differ?
Based on Priceonomics Data Studio customer Datafiniti’s product pricing data, the median prices of moderately-priced sneaker brands like Vans, Skechers and Converse show that men’s sneakers do cost a little more (about $0-10 more) than women’s sneakers. These results, however, does not mean that the same model would cost higher for men than for women.
The difference in pricing between women’s and men’s sneakers, though, is notably higher for luxury brands like Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo. The difference in pricing for high-end brands may range from $35 to a whopping $298.
I’m a woman who wants to buy a men’s high-top sneaker. What size should I get?
A women’s shoe size in length is roughly 1.5-2 sizes bigger than men’s. So, if a woman with a size 8 wants to buy a men’s sneaker, she can consider purchasing a size 6 or 6.5 pair. Conversion of sizing, however, may vary per brand. Men’s Nike and Adidas sneakers, in particular, are known to be just one full size smaller than their women’s models.
Do high-top casual shoes protect the ankles?
Since the high-top sneakers were put on the market, it has been acclaimed for its excellent ankle support and has been known to prevent unfortunate ankle-related injuries. The absence of substantial evidence that confirms this edge that high-top sneakers have over lows, however, made people question its effectiveness.
In response, several studies were conducted. The investigations performed by these groups interestingly offered varying results. Below are just some of the studies undertaken and their conclusions:
University of Oklahoma (1993) and National Center of Biotechnology Information or NCBI (2014) did two separate studies. Both revealed that no significant difference could be seen between low and high shoe collar height and the occurrence of ankle twisting.
Brighton Young University in the year 2000 conducted a separate research and obtained different results. Contrary to what has been specified above, this group confirmed high-top sneakers’ superiority over lows in reducing the rate of ankle sprains.
Some studies stated that long-term use of high-top sneakers weaken the ankle muscles and delay muscle activation.
To date, the pieces of evidence laid out remain inconclusive, and so, the debate continues. One thing’s for sure, though, high-top sneakers do offer added stability, not to mention ample lateral support. The support supplied, however, is not enough to prevent ankle inversion or sprains from happening.
Reducing the risk of these accidents are best achieved by strengthening the ankle muscles through exercise and a healthy diet. Wearing the right-sized sneaker, whether high-top or low-top, that fits comfortably is also a must.
How do I keep my kicks, especially my white high-top lifestyle sneakers clean and spotless?
Keeping high-top sneakers in tip-top condition can be hard, but the extra efforts are worth it. Here are some ways to keep those shoes in pristine condition. Take note, however, that the methods mentioned below may/may not apply to all kinds of materials.
If able, pre-treat and protect your white high-top sneakers with water and stain repellent (e.g., RESHOEVN8R and Leather Spa) after taking it out of the box. Both products mentioned can be used on leather, canvas and suede kicks.
Regular spot cleaning is a must. So keep those shoe wipes handy whenever possible. Some have also used sprays with vinegar/water solution to clean stains in a jiffy.
For thorough cleaning, others choose to utilize sneaker care kits like Jason Markk and Crep. These kits often include a foam-based spray and a soft-bristle shoe brush that can deep clean high-top sneakers while keeping it damage-free.
Others use alcohol, cornstarch, vinegar/water solution, toothpaste, hydrogen peroxide and shampoo as a cheap yet effective alternative to clean stubborn dirt and oil stains.
Many attest to Mr. Clean Magic Eraser’s efficiency in cleaning grime and soil off soles especially the white ones.
How can I prevent the white or icy soles on my high-top shoes from turning yellow?
Soles turn yellow due to the process of oxidation, a chemical reaction prompted by the exposure of a material to oxygen. Sadly, this is unavoidable although there are several things we can do to slow it down. Here’s a couple:
Store high-top sneakers indoors, in a cool dark place that is away from sunlight. Better results can be expected if kicks are stored in a climate-controlled space.
Most sneaker addicts keep their holy grails in shrink wraps or zip lock bags.
Get rid of acidic shoe box paper since this can cause discoloration.
Silica packets are also useful. It works great in absorbing moisture and controlling humidity. Overtime use, however, may result in hardened midsoles.
Make sure that the high-top sneakers are dry before keeping it in storage.
Avoid using bleach as this can turn white canvas high-top sneakers yellow.
What to do to keep feet dry and odor-free when wearing high-top shoes?
Feet tend to sweat more and moisture is inclined to build up faster on women’s and men’s high-top sneakers due to its lack of breathability. These often cause stinky feet and who wants that? Prevent stink or get rid of stench with the help of these:
Always wear clean socks.
Consider buying a pair of antibacterial or moisture wicking socks or insoles.
Spraying antiperspirant or applying foot powder on the soles of the feet also help alleviate excessive sweating and reduce order.
Unwanted odor, as well as dampness, can be removed by inserting cedar trees, fabric dryer sheets or crumpled newspaper into the shoes.
Using baking soda is another tried and true yet budget-friendly method of getting rid of the shoe’s rancid odor.
Look for high-top sneakers with removable, washable Ortholite insoles. A PU foam insole renowned for its superior moisture management and high-level breathability, Ortholite insoles are used by global sneaker brands like Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Timberland and Etnies.
How can I wear high-tops without looking short?
Legs are inclined to look shorter when a sneaker with a shaft that goes up to or over the ankle is paired with shorts. This disparity, though, is less noticeable when skin-toned high-top sneakers are used.
High-top sneakers with platform soles as well as hidden wedges can also help elongate the legs. Compared to the flat-soled high-tops, these height boosters can balance out the cut of the shoe.
15 best high top sneakers
Vans SK8-Hi 46 MTE DX
Vans SK8-Hi MTE
Vans SK8-Hi Pro
DC Pure High-Top
Vans ComfyCush SK8-Hi
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi
Nike Air Max Goadome
Jordan Mars 270
Nike Air Force 270 Utility
Nike Air Edge 270
Nike React Ianga
Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.