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 low-top Vans Color Block Era was released in unisex sizes, ranging from men’s 4-women’s 5.5 up to men’s 13/women’s 14.5. It has a medium width. The canvas upper delivers a durable, flexible, and well-ventilated feel. Meanwhile, the low collar offers freedom of movement for the ankle.
With its unique design, the Color Block Era from Vans can add an interesting touch to any outfit. Another casual sneaker addition in the Vans catalog, it was released in a few colorways, including Black/True White, White/Black, and Red/Blue/Yellow. These options offer attractive color combinations that would suit casual occasions.
For the ladies, the kicks can be paired with skinny jeans, pants, joggers, dresses, shorts, and skirts. The top can be a t-shirt, sweatshirt or pullover, along with a denim jacket or cardigan. Men can wear these shoes with pants, cargo shorts, and jeans along with a t-shirt, polo shirt or button-down. Pastel and neutral hues will go well with the sneaker’s low-profile yet quirky flair.
With their sturdy canvas upper, the Color Block Era Vans shoes offer a unique and contemporary touch. Their color-blocked upper updates the classic appeal of the Era sneakers in the Vans Era collection. The color blocking is done on the upper, tongue, and midsole for a striking flair. It has a breathable lining that keeps the foot cool and fresh.
The collar is also padded to provide additional comfort in addition to ankle support. Classic Vans Era shoe details such as flat laces, metal eyelets, and unpadded tongue are all present in this sneaker. Vans branding is found near the laces as well as on the heel tab, which features the Vans Off the Wall logo.
It was on March 16, 1966, that the Van Doren Rubber Company first opened its doors in Anaheim, California. In just a few years, the brand's deck shoes would become favorites in the skating community due to their grippy soles and durable structures. It marked the beginning of the company's influence in the sport, which would last for a long time.
Rebranded as Vans, the brand then sought to work with professional skaters to deliver the best kicks to the community. In 1975, Vans collaborated with skaters Stacy Peralta and Tony Alva to produce what was initially known as the Vans #95. It had a sleek silhouette that skateboarders instantly liked. Besides, it also had padding on the ankle area as well as a non-slip bottom.
These features made the model a modern classic at the time. The shoe has since been renamed as the Vans Era, and its popularity has not waned in the ensuing years. It remains to be a sought-after shoe both in the skate world and in the lifestyle scene. As such, Vans has expanded the collection to include many variations of the favorite sneaker.
One exceptional version is the Vans Color Block Era, which combines the original’s low-top design with a sturdy canvas upper. Signature Era details are present in the model, down to the waffle outsole. The updated style features a rad new look that still retains a retro appeal. Primary colors are used for the color blocking, offering a bold look.
The sneaker is another worthy addition to the Vans Era shoes' collection. It offers modern men and women the chance to enjoy a pair of vintage kicks with just the right amount of contemporary styling.
- The vulcanized rubber outsole features the signature Vans waffle tread that delivers traction and flexible grip.
- Shock-absorbing comfort is offered by the cushioned footbed.
- The double-stitched vamp provides additional durability.