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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Vans’ men's Atwood shoes are offered by the brand in half and full sizes from 6.5 to 16. The low-top sneakers are claimed by some reviewers to have a true to size fit which makes purchasing easy. Women can style these kicks just as easily as the men do. Just remember to size down a size and a half from your usual shoe size to ably convert from the women’s measurement to the men’s.
The lace closures allow wearers to adjust the fit accordingly. The padded tongues and collars add security and comfort during rides and on casual days. The sneakers may feel tight during the first few uses, but they quickly adjust to the wearer’s feet once broken in.
The Vans Atwood has a laidback design that is easy enough to style. Some style tips below.
- Match your Vans Atwood shoes in navy (Native Indigo/White) with khaki pants and a collared shirt for night outs with the boys.
- Skinny or distressed jeans paired with a yellow sweater or a casual tee and your Vans Atwood skate shoes in grey (Grey) would be perfect for lazy Sundays.
- Vans Atwood in a red colorway (Oxblood/White) combined with red pants, a polo shirt, and a tan jacket would give you a preppy look.
- Mint green (Mint Green) Atwood Vans sneakers, in men’s sizing, would look perfect with light blue jeans and your favorite comfy shirt.
- Dark wash denim, a white fitted top, and a red plaid shirt would look good with Vans Atwood kicks in blue (Blue Canvas) for mall outings.
- Grey cottons shorts and a boxy grey top look good when matched with Vans Atwood skate shoes in black (Black/White).
- A short, flowy, light blue dress would look good when worn with Vans Atwood sneakers in a khaki color (Khaki/Black).
- The Atwood silhouette by Vans in women’s sizing would look amazing in a white shade (White/White) and when used with a short denim skirt and a cute tee.
Several more colorways are available for this model including Crimson Mono, Olive Mono, Black/Black, Pewter, Brown, Burgundy, Denim Acid Wash, and more.
Vans Atwood vs. Vans Authentic
Vans Atwood shoes have a somewhat similar style to the Authentic silhouette, and some buyers may be confused which to get. The Atwood has a profile that is higher than Authentics, and they’re much bulkier too. The tongues of Atwood sneakers are also more padded and therefore, far comfier.
The Vans Atwood low-top silhouette features an old-school look that brings to mind heritage Vans footwear. As with all classic sneakers, these are easy to pair with almost any clothing in your wardrobe. Great-looking they may be, the shoes’ excellent retro looks are eclipsed by their even better feel.
Vans started out in 1966 as The Van Doren Rubber Company. On the day the company first opened for business, the only manufactured shoes they had were all display models, and there were only three of those. They did not have any ready inventory and only manufactured the shoes right after their customers have picked out the styles and colors they liked. On that day, they had 12 customers who purchased the Vans deck footwear—now known as Authentics—in the morning and returned later in the afternoon to collect the newly-manufactured shoes.
The first Vans shoes were designed to be “as strong as a Sherman Tank.” They had very thick soles, and the canvas uppers were made from Duck Canvas #10 which was the strongest kind that can be bought. The goal was to produce footwear that the buyer would proudly show off to his friends. And they got that right.
Vans shoes quickly caught on especially among skateboarders who loved the durability of the footwear along with the sticky soles. The company gained further recognition in 1982 when a Universal Studio representative asked for a few pairs of the checkerboard Classic Slip-Ons to be used in the studio’s upcoming movie. The movie turned out to be Sean Penn’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and it helped the brand sell millions of their shoes.
- Vans Atwood sneakers have double-stitched canvas uppers, Vans Original Waffle outsoles for firm grip and excellent traction, and padded tongues and collars.
- The Atwood model has three styles: Low, High, and Mid. The mid-top model became the subject of a collaboration between Vans and the BMX brand, CVLT, in June of 2011.