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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Fit & Sizing
Flexible support can be expected from its raised, cushy collar as well as deluxe suede/lustrous leather upper. Made for all genders, this high-top is up for grabs in medium width and unisex sizing from 3.5 men’s/5 women’s to 13 men’s/14.5 women’s. While it often fits according to size, a few may find it to fit a bit loose. This, though, can be quickly fixed by opting to wear thicker socks.
Vans SK8-Hi Del Pato MTE DX Style
Packed with a water-repellant TecTuff finished upper, not to mention a gusseted tongue, faux fur-lined insole and a speckled flannel-lined interior for superior cold and wet defense, this shoe is capable of braving torrential downpour and freezing temps. Now, both sneaker kings and queens can set aside their clunky boots or uggs to roam the wet, icy city streets in style while keeping their feet dry, warm and protected from the season’s elements.
Minimally-styled and available in neutral shades like tonal black or rich brown/black, the sleek-looking leather overlay, textured solid white sole and clean, stitching accents give this shoe the pop it needs to make heads turn. Just a little imagination is required to come up with a dapper look with this sneaker’s simple yet elegant silhouette that surely offers limitless styling possibilities.
While this SK8-Hi variant carries with it its ancestor’s DNA, minus the signature Sidestripe, the Vans SK8-Hi Del Pato MTE DX’s look becomes even more pronounced.
The upper made of a mix of deluxe suede and sleek leather plus the duck-boot inspired stitching accents on the front are enough to furnish this shoe with the right amount of elegant flair for night outs while the reverse waffle lug outsole supplies this kick with a touch of ruggedness perfect for trail hikes and the like.
Vans SK8-Hi Del Pato MTE DX History
Initially named as the “Style 38,” the now-iconic SK8-Hi left its fans drooling when it launched in the year 1978. Geared up to take the blows the extreme sport of skateboarding has in store, this work of art boasted durability. Skaters’ ankles were also protected from nasty injuries thanks to its elevated collar that also gave this shoe its unmatched appeal.
What was once a skater’s’ and a BMX rider’s go-to performance shoe soon became a default lifestyle footwear option among sneaker fanatics, fashionistas and practical types alike. Its increased popularity only pushed the brand to alter its classic styling in countless ways resulting in a stack of Sk8-Hi renditions.
The Vans SK8-Hi Del Plato MTE DX is just one of the SK8-Hi’s alternative forms that roused Vans enthusiasts’ excitement when it dropped without forewarning. Included in the brand’s all-weather collection of kicks known as the Mountain Edition (MTE), this deluxe (DX) version was created after the successful release of its forerunner the SK8-Hi Del Plato MTE in 2015.
Like other Vans MTE kicks, the SK8-Hi Del Plato MTE DX is designed for the elements. It also carries with it its sibling’s duck boot-inspired look. Its upper that combines premium cow suede, glossy leather and waxed canvas as well as its textured sole, however, set this sneaker apart from the rest.
- Dampness is reduced and insulation is increased with the addition of a heat retention layer between the sockliner and outsole.
- The vulcanized outsole is reconstructed to have reverse waffle lugs for maximum traction minus the bulk.
- UltraCush insoles are added for long-lasting comfort.
- The fit is secured easily with the SK8-Hi Del Pato MTE DX’s lacing system equipped with metal grommets and cord laces. It also comes with a spare pair of strings.
- Branding is limited to the Vans flag on the lateral side and the “Off the Wall” logo on the heel for an understated flair.