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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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.
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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.
The lightweight silhouette of the UltraRange was fortunate enough to be given the ATCQ blessing while maintaining its comfortable UltraCush™ cushioning. But its coziness doesn't stop there because feet can easily slide in with no obstructions administered by the cleatie construction.
The sneaker is manufactured in unisex sizes starting from 3 to 12 which follows the D medium width of men's sizing. Women should go 1.5 sizes to down to obtain their standard fit.
Low profiling is best exhibited by a low-top shoe splattered with ATCQ cues all over. The Vans ATCQ UltraRange lusters in dominant black with red pigments delivering a subdued yet stylish look perfect for casual sporting or kicking things up a notch with chinos and sleeves. With the ATCQ-inspired stick figure and license plate found at the back of the heel, the sneaker takes pride in giving back to the 90s hip-hop icons.
Aside from the red Sidestripe logo with stick figure details at the heel, the Vans ATCQ UltraRange also features premium materials including leather, textile, and rubber accents for its upper. The co-molded UltraCush™ outsole provides a steady yet lightweight feel complemented by the Lux-Liner cleatie construction for seamless entry which also bears less weight. And lastly, an ATCQ album-art-inspired Vans license plate can be seen flourishing a unique branding on the heel.
From its skateboarding roots in Anaheim, California, Vans had already concocted a right kind of fashion mix that not has not only attracted skaters and fashion designers from across the country but also musicians and rap artists. Its formal induction in 1966, would soon turn out to be a vessel of lifestyle flair for decades to come.
The Van Doren's came a long way from being an aspiring shoe manufacturer selling pre-made shoes on the streets to sponsoring their annual Warped Tour circa 1995. Their in-depth skateboarding roots proved worthy with the critical reception coming not only from skateboarding fans but casual wearers as well. The Authentic which had embellished the long history of the brand sparked the trend for low profile silhouettes which was also made famous for being the "deck shoe."
The skating community would soon be synonymous with the growing culture of rebellion among teens inclined explicitly with the expression of angst through music. The fashion industry would quickly intertwine with this fad as art is the best form of expression and, of course, shoes would be on that list. Vans started collaborations with artists and fashion icons which boosted the individual sales for each shoe model as compared to its original counterpart.
One of the iconic collaborations for Vans sneakers includes not only one shoe model, but six iterations each with an independent design concept honoring the group hailed as A Tribe Called Quest. With the help of fashion icon The Thread Shop, the full blast release of the collection includes the Slip-On, Old Skool, Authentic, Sk8-Hi, Era, and UltraRange all with unique characters of style. The UltraRange features a tonal black colorway complete with red details including the Sidestripe and the ATCQ stick figures on the heel.
- Pull tabs at the tongue and heel employ ease of entry.
- Reverse waffle lug outsoles grant supreme traction for different terrains.
- The shoe was first released on March 2018 along with other five ATCQ iterations.