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.
Anaheim-based skate shoe brand Vans dropped a hairy suede iteration of its iconic Vans Classic Slip-On silhouette. As with other Vans Slip-On models, the shoe is a unisex model with sizes ranging from US men’s 3/ women’s 5 to men’s 13/ women’s 14.5 in Medium (Standard) width. The fit is true to size for most wearers.
This shoe would not be called as such if not for its slip-on construction, which easily translates to versatility and convenience. The addition of dual elastic side goring makes wearing it a lot easier and more convenient.
For its Hairy Suede Pack, Vans revamped the legendary Vans Classic Slip-On with a textured suede upper for a fresh look. This shoe retained the easy-to-style and straightforward façade of the original and classic Slip-On, but the material used is a thickly-textured suede that gives out a hair-like feel.
The hairy suede upper sits atop a clean white midsole for contrast. Vans' brandings are minimal and barely visible on the sides, heel, and insoles.
The Vans Hair Suede Classic Slip-On unisex sneakers exhibit a suede upper – but not the usual rich, soft, and buttery suede material used on most sneakers. The upper part of this iteration utilizes a suede that is cut from the back such that the fibers remain on the surface, hence the “hairy suede” texture.
The sneakers industry today is filled with classic models, some revamped to suit the modern-day market better. Like Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Puma, or other renowned footwear brands, the Anaheim, California-based Vans also has its shares of classic models that remain relevant even now.
An established and considered icon from Vans is the Vans Classic Slip-On. It debuted in 1977 as the Style #98 shoe with signature features including a slip-on construction and flexible rubber outsole. Its versatility is a vital factor for its worldwide success.
The Classic Slip-On quickly became a favorite go-to shoe among skateboarders, surfers, BMX riders, and casual wearers. It released in multiple colorways and material variations or upgrades. Its legendary “Checkerboard” rendition, in particular, appeared in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Recently, Vans released a Hairy Suede Pack which involved the Vans Classic Slip-On silhouette. For this release, the brand transformed the slip-on model and used a textured, hairy suede as the primary upper material of the shoe. The Vans Hairy Suede Classic Slip-On is initially available in Sunflower and Sky Captain colorways for $65 a pair.
- This shoe is also referred to as the Vans Hairy Suede Slip-On or Vans Classic Slip-On Hairy Suede.
- The Vans Hairy Suede Classic Slip-On also features a signature vulcanized rubber waffle outsole.