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.
Knowing that it will be used to its full skate potential, the low top sneaker features a Vans UltraCush HD insole with plush padding on the collar on top of a vulcanized rubber sole. The lace-up suede upper also infuses a DuraCap reinforcement for protection and longevity against tear.
The sneaker is mainly built for men, but women can purchase avail one by going 1.5 sizes down and remember that its width is constructed on a D medium men's size. Sizes would start from 4 and would eventually reach 12.
Acquiring hints of vintage designs, the Vans Epoch Pro imitates stitching patterns like that of the Nike Bruin as seen on the ankle and the toe cap. The low top sneaker exhibits the same low profile appeal of Vans deck shoes which would blend conveniently with almost any article of clothing. Dressing up or down is also not an issue with these bad boys as skaters and non-rebels can sport freely with its black and skin-toned, True White colorways.
When viewed from a distance, it would seem that the Vans Epoch Pro is just like any other Authentic sneaker. Looking closely, the Epoch Pro has a foxing tape that subtly wraps around the upper that is fused concretely to the waffle outsole. It also comes with a heel tab composed of leather contrasting the dominant color of the upper.
Way back in the mid-20th century, people who are affiliated with rebellious acts of surfing the streets would skate their way out of corners barefoot. Realizing the increasing number of toe and foot injuries they suffer, the "skaters" resorted to finding the right kind of outfit to protect their precious feet. It was here in the birthplace of skateboarding, ergo the East Coast of the U.S., which a loyal skate brand took shape.
The Van Doren's, along with a couple of their friends, was assigned to fix a struggling Randolph Rubber shoe company in Gardenvale, California. They made a bold move of moving their life to the other side of the country including their families. After months of tweaks and turns, the group of friends miraculously salvaged the almost dying east factory.
Realizing they have a knack for producing shoes, Paul Van Doren along with his brother Steve and friends decided to set up shop on their recently called hometown of Anaheim. They established the Van Doren Rubber Company on March 16, 1966, which displays three kinds of styles for customers to choose. One of these shoes had soon to be carried on through the decades as the classic Vans Authentic sneaker.
Deck shoes like the Authentic were a thing for skaters because of its low profile construction that enables the rider to maximize boardfeel. Although it was a prosperous shoe to take on surf platforms, Vans realized it wasn't enough. To be able to cater the growing need for protection and skate performance, the Cali-based company released Style #95 which would be famously known later as the Vans Era.
There was no sign of stopping for the street-focused brand when it comes to improving the skate experience. Subsequently, they released more upholding silhouettes like the Vans Old Skool which features the iconic Sidestripe logo and a high top version which is entitled the Sk8-Hi. Both shoes received critical acclaim from skaters all over the globe and were massive sales hits.
It seems that the skating momentum of Vans would start to cement its way into history as the decades passed. Even though there were financial dilemmas here and there, Vans gradually became a household name and a staple everyday sneaker.
With its roots hailing from the skating society, it was difficult for Vans to look away from its legacy of proactive Vans kicks. They occasionally released several skate-specific iterations in the past like the Vans Epoch Sport which was introduced in 1994. It was one of the sequels to previous skate-bound shoes like the Caballeros and more.
Due to the growing trend of revamping vintage apparel, Vans decided to re-introduce the Epoch Sport in 2011 and rename it to Epoch Pro, to give a sense of classifying it under their skater's range of shoes. Its comeback sparked several collaborations from Fucking Awesome, Quasi, and Ray Barbee but it is also available as a stand out sneaker for casual strolls and rolls.
- The shoe comes in three significant colorways of black, Bungee Cord (brown), and True White.
- Its system of lockdown includes five metal eyelets.
- Its collaborations include Fucking Awesome x Vans Epoch Pro '94 and Ray Barbee x Epoch Pro '95.
- There is another Epoch version circulating the market under the name of Epoch Sport Pro LTD which was made famous by the collab with Quasi and The LQQK Studio.