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.
Fit & Sizing
The unisex Vans UltraRange Gore Hi is obtainable in sizes that run from 6.6 to 13 US for the men’s and 5 to 14.5 US for the women’s. Some wide footed consumers mentioned that this shoe is relatively narrow-fitting and advised sizing up. Its sock-like textile upper gets an added locked down feature with the presence of the crisscrossing, expandable Gore-Tex strap on top. The entire upper rests on an UltraCush midsole compound that offers maximum cushioning and comfort. The co-molded mini lugs on the outsole provide optimum grip that keeps the feet from slipping easily.
Vans UltraRange Gore Hi Style
Partly offering the same swag as the Adidas UltraBoost or NMD with its angular upper and thick midsole, the Vans UltraRange Gore Hi sports a soft textile top and gore strap detailing in a minimalist, stretchy façade. The sculpted midsole has a wedge-like finish that thickens on the heel. Its distinctly sporty aesthetic works well when thrown on with cropped denim, tight-fitting pants, pin-rolled straight-cut jeans, flattering midi-lengths, and leg-slimming capris.
The Vans UltraRange Gore Hi is another clever take under the UltraRange franchise that grants versatility and unhampered mobility with its easy-to-wear slip-on build and sock-fit bootie construction. This athletic-inspired high-top ticks all the right boxes on comfort and convenience in a lightweight and durable makeup.
Vans UltraRange Gore Hi History
Vans went for a comfy, street luxe vibe when it dropped the UltraRange Gore Hi that offsets the traditional cut of popular classic models as it is equipped with a high-top, sock-fit bootie, wrapped with an elastic Gore-tex.
This versatile kick follows the trail of the UltraRange, an innovative lifestyle footwear designed by Vans pro surfer Pat Gudauskas with utility and comfort in mind. The drop of the UltraRange in 2017 jumpstarted a selection of Vans sneakers fitted out for diverse landscapes and lifestyles.
The initial concept took the guise of the Old Skool flaunting the iconic Sidestripe, but its sole exhibited a stylish, slim contour. It utilized the signature rubber outsole but constructed with reverse waffle tread pattern for maximum traction.
Vans has a long established name in the skate world since it opened its doors at the Anaheim district in Southern California back in 1966 as a manufacturer of skate-specific footwear. From its original shoe, the made-to-order Authentic (formerly called the Style 44), Vans developed the Era along with pro riders Stacy Peralta and Tony Alva. By 1977, the Old Skool was seen for the first time, an iconic sneaker that hatched the unmistakable crest of Vans called the Sidestripe.
Fifty years later since the launch of the Old Skool, Vans attempted to step out of its skate-centered comfort zone and welcomed the progressive styling under the UltraRange franchise ideal for various terrains. This innovative approach marked a ground-breaking moment in Vans history and signaled the brand’s next generation of footwear engineering.
- Some of the designs that were born out of the UltraRange model are the outdoor-ready Vans Vault UltraRange Hi Gore-Tex MTE; lifestyle silhouettes such as the UltraRange AC and Gore and the UltraRange Rapidweld.
- The UltraCush Lite foam delivers cushioning for a smooth heel-to-toe transition. Its featherweight built doesn’t pose unnecessary load to the feet.