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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There is a handful of Checkerboard Vans that feature zippers for a new enclosure and the Checkerboard SK8-Hi Reissue Cap by Vans is one of the fortunate to have those. Aside from the convenient, yet sometimes dysfunctional zips on the lateral side, traditional laces add a bit of snug on the vamp portion of the sneaker.
The overall structure of the SK8-Hi by Vans was maintained in this model, but the Cali-based company gave it a twist. Aside from the deconstructed look of the overlays and an unusual Sidestripe, the sneaker also reshuffles some elements like the “Off the Wall” heel plate and the tongue tab.
The on-trend appeal of these kicks was divided into two significant colorways. The black Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi Reissue Cap and true white were one of the most sought out iterations since its release. Men and women are free to wear anything because such sneakers are already a fashion statement on their own.
At first glance, these Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi Reissue Cap in black or white already has noticeable details starting with the eccentric rework of the overlays and the standout stitching around the Sidestripes. Another aspect that makes this model unique is the presence of zippers alongside the lateral lacebed.
Deconstructing was the hippest and craziest trend of 2018 when Virgil Abloh entered the sneaker realm via his Off-White creations. This entitled Vans to replicate the said gimmick and obligate their Vans Vault division to do the same. The shoe of choice was the SK8-Hi, and since then, everything made the difference.
The new look of the Vans Checkerboard SK8-Hi Reissue Cap owes its brilliance to the Vans Vault SK8-Hi LX which was released in mid-2018. The LX version was dressed up in leather, suede, and canvas with the similar accent of quoted “Off the Wall” prints on the zipper lace tags.
The look was carried over by the Sk8-Hi Reissue Cap, but the Off-White-like prints were removed.
- The cut-and-paste look of the sneaker utilizes a mix of canvas, leather, and suede materials.
- Iconic Vans checkerboard patterns are featured on the sneaker’s medial panel with a subliminal sidestripe stitch.
- Grip and traction are provided by the signature Waffle outsole.
- The black version was released in December while the True white was released in early 2019.