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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Available in sizes 6.5 to 13 for men and 8 to 14.5 for women, this high-top generally fits as expected with extra wiggle room for the toes. Its multi-media upper made of a mix of synthetic, textile and premium leather offer sufficient support while remaining breathable. Rubbing and weight are also reduced with the addition of the seamless internal LuxLiner sock-fit construction.
Traverse boardwalks, city streets or mountain paths in comfort and style with the Vans Concrete UltraRange Hi DX. The combination of deluxe leather, synthetic, and textile in its upper give this sneaker its distinctive look while the high-cut profile gives this shoe an edgy flair. An all-season footwear through and through, these kicks complement well with a myriad of outfits including denim, shorts, and joggers as well as t-shirts, jackets, and hoodies.
The Concrete UltraRange Hi DX’s silhouette may have borrowed elements of its design from the classic SK8-Hi yet its overall aesthetic easily stands out from its ancestors.
While it keeps the hallmark Sidestripe logo and high-top construction, it ditched the signature vulcanized waffle sole and opted to get a co-molded UltraCush outsole with reverse waffle lugs for enhanced versatility and long-wearing traction. This feature also blessed this athlete-inspired sneaker with a sturdy, somewhat chunky exterior that’s perfect for outdoor explorations.
Arguably one of Vans’ most iconic sneakers, the SK8-Hi, originally dubbed as the “Style 38,” shook its fans when it made its debut in 1978. It was the second shoe released by this California-based brand to be adorned with the brand’s famed Sidestripe, formerly known as the “jazz stripe.”
Loaded with your typical skate shoe’s functional elements, this piece boasted durability. Its high-top construction, though, safeguarded skaters’ ankles from injuries. This feature also boosted its stylish appeal to a whole new level.
Both skaters and BMX riders considered the SK8-Hi as their go-to performance shoe. Nowadays, this kick is regarded as a lifestyle staple, not only by extreme sports fanatics but also by trendsetters as well as celebrities including supermodel Gigi Hadid, rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer/songwriter Gwen Stefani.
Since inception, the SK8-Hi has evolved in too many ways thanks to the Vans athletes’ limitless ideas. The UltraRange collection revealed on July 15, 2017, includes in its catalog the Vans Concrete UltraRange Hi DX. Although its silhouette is rooted from SK8-Hi’s vintage styling, as a result of surfer Pat Gudauskas’ vision, its aesthetic is upscaled taking a tough, rugged air while its functionality is elevated to unreached heights.
Like its low-top predecessors, it features a full-length, co-molded UltraCush Lite foam-infused midsole and Vans’ reverse waffle lug outsole for superior mobility and comfort as well as durable grip. Its high-top construction, on the one hand, supplies additional cushioning, not to mention, improved ankle support.
- Variable tension lacing system and arch grommets help in securing the shoe’s fit.
- Pull tabs are added to the heel and tongue for easy slip on and off.