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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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
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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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This kick is offered in men's sizing from 6.5 to 13 US and women’s sizing 8 to 14.5 US in medium width. The front lace-up fastening system delivers customized fit to its wearers.
The low-top Vans Ray Barbee Old Skool Pro stayed authentic to the iconic Old Skool Pro details dressed in signature Ray Barbee OG Burgundy colorway. This model also brings to light the graphic elephant print on the inner lining, initially seen in the graphics from the 90s.
While the colorway of this kick is considered tricky to style for few wearers, the majority found it exciting to pair this wine-red sneaker with denim jeans or dark shorts paired with white tees. Meanwhile, a pair of light-colored rolled-up trousers or slim white shorts looks excellent when paired with button-down shirts.
Although displaying a straightforward design, the Ray Barbee x Vans Old Skool Pro is inserted with cozy elements that make it noteworthy for the majority. While the UltraCush HD sockliner provides superior cushioning, this element is also busy in giving a super board feel experience to its wearers. Also, the Duracap on its toe underlay delivers unmatched durability perfect for Ollies and other board tricks.
First known as the Style # 36, the Vans Old Skool was unveiled as the first ever skateboarding footwear with a leather panel and suede toe box for durability. It was the first Vans' sneaker that debuted the iconic Sidestrip, as a result of Paul Van Doren, one of the brand's founders, random doodle.
In the 80s, the Old Skool was used by fans as their means to express themselves and started using this silhouette as their canvas for customization. This movement helped this iteration to become more popular not only in the sports but also in the entertainment domain. Several singers, celebrities, and hip-hop artists donned this silhouette in various public events.
Since then, numerous variations of the Old Skool were unveiled in the public which helped the Vans dominate the current market. In 2016, Vans revealed the Pro Classic line to celebrate the 50th year of Vans shoes. This series modernized the retro silhouettes for the contemporary market's needs. Included in this line is the Old Skool Pro which was inserted with robust elements to make it apt for the hardcore skateboarding style.
Meanwhile, the legendary skateboarder from California, Ray Barbee, joined the Vans team in 1989. Barbee was known for his freestyle tricks on his board, combined with technical ollie and all other no comply variations. Known as being the true pioneer of street skating, he appeared in video games Skate 2 and Skate 3 as one of the playable skaters.
In 2018, Vans and Barbee unveiled the special version of the Pro series using two silhouettes in its custom colorway. One of its is the Vans x Ray Barbee Old Skool Pro which is made of premium suede upper with contrasting details. The inner lining has unique prints to pay homage to Salman Agah, Barbee's friend who had the same graphic on his skateboard.
- This vulcanized footwear has gum rubber outsole with waffle pattern that offers dependable traction.