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.
Under Armour Street Encounter III Baltiflage History
Among famous footwear brands today, Under Armour is probably the youngest. But through their years of footwear manufacturing seem to be the shortest compared other shoemaking giants, it has gained popularity and a fan base due to their performance shoes.
The early years for Under Armour, however, did not start with footwear. In 1996, 23-year-old Kevin Plank, then a University of Maryland special team’s captain, had an idea to create a Heat Gear t-shirt by embarking on extensive research of synthetic fabrics. Soon their shirts gained a following and sold more than a million dollar after a year. It was only a decade later in 2006 that the Under Armour shifted into the head to toe apparel that they were able to launch their first shoes by releasing baseball, softball and lacrosse cleats.
In 12 years, in 2008, the company already released its first athletic performance trainers focusing on their endorsers including NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, Olympic gold medalist in Skiing Lindsey Vonn, MMA world champion Georges St-Pierre and basketball player Brandon Jennings. By the end of 2010, the company added to its roster two-time super bowl MVP Tom Brady, tennis player Sloane Stephens and one of the greatest Olympian of all-time, multi-gold medalist and world record holder, swimmer Michael Phelps. Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who catapulted the brand’s basketball shoes to global fame, signed an endorsement contract with the company and changed the course of shoemaking history worldwide with the vast number of fans patronizing the label.
It was during the brand’s 20th anniversary that it launched its lifestyle performance shoes to bring together style and the brand’s well-known performance technologies. Designs that came out that year that became bestsellers included the Threadborne, Charged, Street Encounter and Moda series of shoes.
The Under Armour Street Encounter III came out in 2017 as a follow-up to the UA Street Encounter II, and its design consists of a slip-on with bungee lacing and stretchable canvas material. The Under Armour Street Encounter III Baltiflage came out a few months later as the stretchy canvas material of the original is replaced by the Baltiflage pattern used in the lacrosse-inspired gears and apparel of the brand. The shoe also makes a perfect recovery shoe after a massive game of lacrosse.
Under Armour Street Encounter III Baltiflage Style
The low-cut, lightweight, and relaxed style of the Under Armour Street Encounter III Baltiflage makes it a perfect recovery shoe after a lacrosse game. The hip and trendy baltiflage pattern in light and dark tones on its stretchable canvas upper make it a hip shoe to blend different casual outfits after a game. The stretchy bungee lacing system and the pull tab at the back give wearers a quick option to slip on and off of the footwear. Over-all the shoe is a great option to wear to after game or just a slip-on intended for a casual walk or running errands.
Fit & Sizing
The Under Armour Street Encounter III Baltiflage runs true to size. It has a smooth slip-on and off feature with the stretchy bungee lacing and upper material. It comes in medium width and available in men’s from sizes 4 to 14.
With a relaxed custom fit, the Under Armour Street Encounter III has a full-length die-cut EVA sockliner that molds quickly depending on the shape of the feet giving ample support, superior comfort, and dependable cushioning especially to tired feet. The thick EVA outsole also remains lightweight even after a whole day of walking with durable traction. Finally, this recovery shoe is best worn after a game of lacrosse or any sport, as wearers could quickly slip-on this kick with its stretchy canvas upper and bungee lacing with ease for a comforting experience after a hard day’s work or play.
- A pull tab is positioned at the back heel to aid the stretch lacing and collar and to make it easier to slip on and off the footwear.
- A Baltiflage pattern in tones of grey comprises the upper’s stretchy canvas material for a hip and trendy look.
- The Under Armour Street Encounter III has a version of a mid-cut known as the Under Armour Street Encounter Mid and another variation the UA Street Encounter III in leather.