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.
Vans Authentic PT History
Any Vans fan knows that the Authentic is the brand’s most iconic silhouette, because of the fact that it is Vans very first. The company was born in 1966 and shortly after that, the #44 Deck Shoe—now known as the Authentic—came out. The Authentic did not feature any bells and whistles. Just a simple low-cut profile, sturdy canvas uppers, and sticky rubber outsoles.
The turning point for the company began when skateboarders started to take notice of these sneakers. Although not designed with skateboarding in mind, these kicks were found to be excellent footwear for the sport. The outsoles gripped boards well, and the thick canvas uppers could take a beating. Soon, the model developed a cult following all over Southern California which later spread to the rest of the US.
The silhouette has not lost its appeal in the decades since it first appeared. New colorways came out, and new versions of the Authentic also surfaced, ranging from pro models to lite versions and ones with basketweave construction. Now comes the Authentic PT which is mostly the same as the original except for the pull tabs at the heels for easy on and off.
Vans Authentic PT Style
The Vans Authentic PT comes in three colorways—two solid colors of navy and white, and one in leopard print. These kicks are so easy to style, and the leopard print looks especially good with red clothing.
Women can match these shoes with denim shorts and a red top. Throw in a black biker jacket for extra edge. Men can match these cool shoes with red pants and a grey sweater (extra points for one with a black print). Top off with a red beanie.
Fit & Sizing
The men’s Vans Authentic PT shoes are available in sizes ranging from 3.5 to 13 which are equivalent to 5 to 14.5 for women. There are a whole size and a half difference between the two. These unisex sneakers width is average, according to a few reviewers but the length is slightly longer than regular Vans sizing. Lace-up closures provide an adjustable fit.
The classics have a style that just grows more relevant over time, and you can’t get more classic than these. The Vans Authentic PT shoes boast of a rocking design that has endured for over half a century and will probably continue to do so for another half more. The shoes’ simplicity is their own best trait, and their versatility enhances their attraction.
However, these shoes’ cushioning is anything but straightforward. The footbed of these kicks are surprisingly well-cushioned and can keep feet happy for hours.
- The Vans Authentic PT sneakers are covered with sturdy canvas uppers, and pull-tabs can be seen on the heels.
- The shoes feature the brand’s signature rubber outsoles in the waffle tread pattern.