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.
The low-top Vans Gum Block Old Skool is available in men’s and women’s sizing. It has a lace-up design that ensures an adjustable fit as well as a secured lockdown. This unisex sneaker has the UltraCush insole which gives impact protection while the cotton drill lining offers excellent breathability.
The Vans Gum Block Old Skool maintains a low-top silhouette that allows adequate ankle mobility. Bearing the iconic Vans Sidestripe, the sturdy upper is a combination of canvas and suede materials that provide sufficient foot breathability as well as durability.
With a tonal upper, the Vans Gum Block Old Skool is available in an off-white colorway that can quickly match different outfits on various occasions. Men can pair it with denim jeans, shorts or even joggers. It even looks good with khaki pants. Aside from shorts and jeans, ladies can also match them with their jumpsuits, skirts, and dresses.
The Vans Gum Block Old Skool has a classic look fused with a modern update, giving a fresh design to the iconic silhouette. The contrasting combination of white and gum brown outsoles adds a twist to its design, providing a unique touch. It also has a durable Duracap toe that can withstand repeated wear.
The history of the Old Skool’s silhouette began back in 1977. Initially known as the “Style 36,” it was the first skate shoe that carried that leather panel, famously known as the Vans Sidestripe, for increased durability. BMX Champs like Dakota Roche and skateboarders like Julian Stranger, among other athletes, considered the Old Skool is one of their favorite footwear. Later on, the Old Skool is not only among the coveted and trusted skateboarding shoes, but also has become part of the lifestyle wear appreciated by men and women of different generations.
This skate shoe also received updates several times while still maintaining its classic features. Also, the Old Skool silhouette has been utilized in different collaborative works. Among the retailers, celebrities, brands, and companies that partnered with Vans to produce and deliver quality craftsmanship are Nonnative, Fear of God, SANKUANZ, BILLY’S ENT, Wood Wood, Brain Dead, Disney, WTAPS, A Tribe Called Quest, Ray Barbee, Kyle Ng, Opening Ceremony, Simple Union, Saint Alfred, Commissary and Undercover.
One of the updated versions of the timeless silhouette is the low-top Vans Gum Block Old Skool. With the classic look, it receives a twist because of its gum outsole along the sides of the heel, contrasting the remaining part of the outsole in a white palette. Its lace-up design upper is completed with a vulcanized construction that provides excellent board feel. Indeed, this skate shoe is not only built for performance but also style.
- The Vans Gum Block Old Skool is also available in a checkerboard-printed upper.
- This skate shoe utilizes both lightly padded collar and tongue for added comfort and support.
- The rubber outsole has a waffle tread pattern that offers a superior grip.