Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    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

    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.

    High Top

    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.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    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.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    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.

  • Price
    $65
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Vans Checkerboard Bold NIs are designed for women and men. Shoe sizes range from 3.5 to 13 in men’s and 5 to 14.5 for women. Fortunately, Vans Checkerboard Bold NIs are true-to-size on feet so converting should be easy.

The lace-up closure in a five-pair eyelet lacing system helps the user adjust the fit according to his/her liking, while the UltraCush Lite insoles and padded collars give them a comfortable fit.

When Vans brought back the Bold NI shoes, it threw in the upgraded materials while retaining the vintage flavor. The shoes’ facade is kept clean and straightforward, just like the classic kicks of old. 

The uppers are made of soft suede with T-toe overlays in the same color as the dominant colorway of the shoes which can either be red or black. A checkerboard pattern can be seen on the collars to the sides of the uppers. Plain white midsoles finish off the minimalist look.

These are best paired with ultra-casual clothing such as jeans, shorts, and tees, although in some cases, may look good when dressed up somewhat with chinos and a blazer. 

Distinct updates to the retro design gave these sneakers enhanced comfort geared for this generation’s audience. This time, the shoes are outfitted with a lightweight foam technology as their foundation.  UltraCush Lite tech reduces the shoes’ weight while providing improved comfort throughout the day. The CMEVA (Compression Molded Ethyl Vinyl Acetate)-based insoles are also anatomically-molded to the user’s feet for a responsive cushioning.

When it comes to skate shoes, Vans is one of a few brands with huge name recall. The skateboarding company has long been a favorite of amateurs and pros alike and has a long, storied history attached to the skating culture.

Since its founding in 1966, the company has launched popular skate models one after another. Several of these have been given the ‘icon’ status, while others enjoyed their popularity for a brief time before fading to obscurity. One such example of the latter is the Bold NI model, which was unearthed from deep inside the Vans archive and re-released in late 2018 for the company’s New Issues program. 

The New Issues program reimagines vintage styles with modern updates. Bold New Issue shoes featured plain tonal uppers only contrasted by the brand’s iconic sidestripe in white. The tongues had their labels removed for a sleeker and more minimalist look. The T-toe shape was also revised as well as the foxing tape, and tonal stitching was worked in.

An iteration of these kicks was also launched. Called Checkerboard Bold NIs, checkerboard patterns replaced the tonal uppers of Bold NI shoes, leaving only the tongues, heels, T-toe overlays, and the iconic Sidestripe untouched. The rest of the features of Bold NI shoes remained intact in the checkerboard version. 

  • The UltraCush Lite insoles of Vans Checkerboard Bold NI sneakers are removable.
  • Vans’ signature waffle outsoles are used. 
  • These shoes retail for $65.

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