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.
The Checker Floral Old Skool is offered in unisex sizing. Women can choose from sizes 5 to 11 while men choose from sizes 3.5 to 9.5. Because this shoe runs small, it is best to go a size bigger or to try on the shoe if it has the right fit.
The main attraction for this shoe is the checkered side stripe with floral embroidery detailing on the lateral side. It is stylish yet not overpowering the overall aesthetic of the shoe. It looks great with black leggings, tattered jeans, or cropped pants. The Vans Wmns Old Skool Checker Floral in black also works well with or without socks.
A part of the Vans lifestyle sneaker lineup, this shoe features a durable canvas and suede upper with a lightly padded tongue and leather-lined collar. It also has the signature waffle tread pattern on the outsole for better grip.
Vans is a sneaker manufacturing company that was formerly known as The Vans Doren Rubber Company. It was founded by Paul Van Doren in Anaheim, California in March 1966. Equipped with his shoe knowledge from his previous job, Van Doren set out to start his own sneaker brand with his brother Jim Van Doren and business associate Serge D’Elia.
It took the company almost a year to set up operations using old machinery. On their first day, Vans received orders from 12 customers for their deck shoes, which are now referred to as the Authentic. These customers were given the option to choose their desired styles and colors. They were then asked to pick up their shoes in the afternoon.
Their original shoes were engineered with a diamond tread. Unfortunately, it was not good for the shoe’s durability. Because of this, they added vertical lines to enhance the tread’s strength, grip, and friction. This tread pattern is officially called the “waffle-sole." Also, these shoes were made of Duck Canvas #10, and their soles were two times as thick as the soles of their contemporaries.
Vans shoes were popular amongst skateboarders. They also work heavily with the surfing and snowboarding markets. Their popularity began to increase with the re-introduction of their iconic slip-on sneakers in a Universal Studios movie, Fast Times.
In the early 1980s, the company expanded to basketball, running, and breakdancing shoes. Sadly, the expansion did not work out the way it was expected to. Instead, it led the company to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.
Fortunately, the company was able to pay off all their debts after a few years. Soon, they started sponsoring events and engaging in television broadcast deals as well as long-term partnerships with well-known personalities and brands.
Rise of the Vans Old Skool and the Checker Floral iteration
The Vans Old Skool series was born sometime in 1977. It was the first ever skate shoe to use panels that are made of leather in order to enhance its durability. The unmistakable hallmark of the brand, which is now known as the Side Stripe, was first introduced in the Old Skool models.
An updated version of this iconic silhouette comes in the form of the Vans Checker Floral Old Skool. It is dressed with a checkered print on its side stripe and embellished with an embroidered detail.
- The Vans Checker Floral Old Skool has a vulcanized construction for a shock absorbing board feel.
- It has a canvas-lined, non-removable sockliner.