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.
Fit & Sizing
The satin upper of the Vans Authentic Ballerina Gore offers a soft and flexible fit for comfort. It has a low-cut collar that lets the ankle move unhampered. At the same time, there's also a ribbon lace-up for the ankle to mimic the style of ballet shoes, keeping the fit stable and secure.
It comes in men’s sizing 3.5 to 10 and women’s sizing 5.0 up to 11.5 in medium width. It fits true to size but has been found to run small and narrow. Going a half size or one size up may be needed, especially for wide-footed wearers.
Vans Ballerina Authentic Gore Style
A step up from the Authentic Gore, the low-top Vans Ballerina Authentic Gore offers a sophisticated look for any day. It comes in a Rose Cloud/True White colorway done in pink satin that mimics the look of a traditional ballet shoe. The result is a head-turning, elegant sneaker that provides a touch of feminine grace.
Any outfit could look polished with a pair of these kicks. Meanwhile, the Authentic silhouette of this model keeps it low-key, making it versatile for pairing with jeans or shorts and a t-shirt for a simple yet stylish appeal. Its ballet-inspired flair will go well with skirts and dresses, especially in pastel or soft colors, giving off an air of refinement for any occasion.
Smooth and shiny pink satin makes up the upper of the Vans Ballerina Authentic Gore, giving it an eye-catching chic vibe. A ribbon ankle lace-up levels up the shoe’s elegant approach, while its minimally styled upper and stitch detailing give it a preppy touch.
The Authentic silhouette is kept simple, with a plain white midsole. Vans branding is found on the heel tab and the side, also done in pink for a seamless look. Lastly, an elastic gore is used on the tongue to let the wearer easily slip the foot in and out.
Vans Ballerina Authentic Gore History
The Van Doren Rubber Company opened the doors of its first shop in 1966 in Anaheim, California. A total of 12 pairs of deck shoes were sold on the first day, which had to be made right away and given to the buyers by the afternoon. The business premises also served as the workshop and factory for the small company.
By the early 1970s, skateboarders in Southern California began to favor the brand's shoes. Also around this time, the company coined the name House of Vans. The brand's kicks became highly popular due to their sticky soles and rugged design, which appealed to skaters. They started to wear the label's #44 Deck Shoes, which would later become the classic Vans Authentic.
Soon, the deck sneakers developed a cult following, as it was worn by those who knew what was “cool.” Over the years, the Vans Authentic, with its durable canvas upper and signature waffle outsole, transitioned into a street style favorite. It was then that custom designs, collaborative editions, and different looks were introduced to suit different people’s styles and aesthetic.
One of the creative versions of the shoe is the Vans Ballerina Authentic Gore. For this one, the brand tapped intro true ballet styling, transforming the timeless low-top silhouette. A satin upper and a ribbon were added to give a graceful twist on the much-loved classic. It also uses the slip-on function of the Vans Authentic Gore, which incorporated an elastic material to provide a lace-less form.
- This sneaker features Vans’ signature rubber waffle design on its outsole.