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 Threadborne Slingflex Speckle History
Since it was established in 1996, Under Armour has been releasing footwear by incorporating the latest materials and innovation. Finding a niche market in performance shoes, Under Armour has steadily grown into a global brand in a little over 20 years. This growth started when Under Armour’s founder Kevin Plank first released his Heatgear shirt after engaging in extensive research of synthetic fibers.
However, it took Under Armour some ten years since it was founded by Plank to engage in the shoemaking business. Initially, the company produced cleats for softball, baseball, and lacrosse. Soon they diversified into more shoe categories like running and basketball shoes.
As part of the brand’s 20th anniversary, Under Armour launched its lifestyle performance shoes combining both style and performance technologies. Designs that came out in 2016 that became bestsellers included the Threadborne, Charged, Street Encounter and Moda series of footwear.
The Under Armour Threadborne Slingflex Speckle Style is part of the Threadborne series of shoes released in 2016. The UA Threadborne Slingflex Speckle is a variation of the original design released in 2017 after the success of the new footwear silhouette intended for men. The performance running sneaker comes with speckled accents on the midsole making the shoe even more fashionable and ready to pair with any casual wear.
Under Armour Threadborne Slingflex Speckle Style
Coming in neutral colors that are popular among men, the Under Armour Threadborne Slingflex Speckle can be worn while running and even after running. The sneaker blends well with jeans and shorts for a sporty look. Only two colorways, black and gray, are available but these the natural tones give wearers a flexible shoe to match any casual or sporty clothing.
Fit & Sizing
The Under Armour Threadborne Slingflex Speckle has a snug fit as it runs right to size. It comes in medium width while the sockliner aids in fitting to the shape of the foot. A flat lacing system is in place for a secure fitting while a removable Micro G sockliner takes the form of the feet. The men’s lifestyle sneaker has available sizes ranging from size 7 to 13.
Most prominent among the features of the Under Armour Threadborne Slingflex Speckle is the Threadborne upper with Dyneema fibers, known to be the world’s most durable fiber that promotes durability while the sneaker remains breathable with the compression-like fit. Also noteworthy in the design is the removable, molded Micro G sockliner that bends to the shape of the foot offering better cushioning. A two-piece Charged bi-density cushioning system also adds to its innovative features combining soft and hard foam for an improved cushioning and support.
- The Under Armour Threadborne Slingflex Speckle has a solid rubber outsole that protects high impact zones assuring durability and less weight.
- An internal heel counter built with soft padding enhances structure and lightweight protection of the running sneaker.
- A padded mesh tongue attached to the footbed by stretchable support wings increases support and maintains a snug fit all over the foot. The same mesh tongue adds to the breathability of the upper foot.