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 Vans Veggie Tan Leather Authentic DX low-top kick turns up to be stiff right out of the box. Consumers suggested giving this shoe an ample break-in time by wearing it as often as possible while clad in socks. The cushiony sockliner lends support and protection against impact. This unisex sneaker is available in women’s sizes from 5 to 14.5 US and men’s sizes 3.5 to 13 US.
This low-top iteration comes with a flesh-toned leather that replaces the regular canvas-made upper of the original Vans Authentic. Its light-shaded cover turns into rich caramel tinge over time through the proper aging process, wear, usage, and exposure to sun and environmental elements. The beauty of this veggie tan leather sneaker is its ability to develop a tan gradient and unique character the longer one uses it.
Apart from retaining the comfy feel of the original Vans Authentic, the major selling point of this deluxe edition is its beautiful vegetable tan leather. The initial state came almost without any pigment and is expected to develop its gorgeous caramel-colored dye through prolonged exposure to sunlight and other environmental elements.
The hype over veggie tan leather has been quickly thrown around following a series of releases of the Vanchetta leather. Starting from 2013, a Japanese brand Hender Scheme handcrafted sneaker reproductions such as the Vans Era, Vans Classic Slip-On, Nike Air Force 1, and Nike Air Jordan IV using such material. These kicks were considered must-buy grails by avid sneaker collectors as the price bracket stretched to as much as $1000 a pair.
Other brands like Vans trailed along the popularity of such kind of leather that in 2016 it dropped a vegetable tan leather pack, which includes the Vans Era, Vans Old Skool, Vans Slip-On, and Vans SK8-Hi Zip.
Not too long later, the brand launched the Vans Veggie Tan Leather Authentic DX. This sneaker upholds the classic vibe of the original 1966 silhouette and is outfitted with a deluxe leather body that has gone through the vegetable tanning process.
- This sneaker has an UltraCush sockliner that grants comfort.
- Underneath is the signature rubber waffle outsole.
- The Vans logo is debossed on a piece of leather at the midfoot.
- The Vans Off the Wall branding on the heel seemed washed off as it’s so lightly done.
- This sneaker went through a vegetable tanning process which is why the fresh pair comes in a very light, almost white leather.
- It takes time to build patina on vegetable tanned leather. To hasten the process a bit, it would be advisable to rub a thin layer of all-natural cleat oil on the smooth exterior side of a newly-bought Vans Veggie Tan Leather Authentic DX.