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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The Vans x Harry Potter Slip-On, like most Vans low-top sneakers, is a unisex shoe model that comes in men’s sizes ranging from US 3.5 to 13 in standard width which is equivalent to sizes 5 to 14.5 for women.
Since these Harry Potter sneakers are based on the classic Vans Slip-On silhouette, they feature a low-top slip-on profile that allows versatility, comfort, and convenience. There are elastic side goring for easy on and off wearing.
The Vans x Harry Potter Slip-On shoes come in two colorways. One represents the Hufflepuff with a black textile as base upper material that displays a Hufflepuff embroidery on the toe box and yellow accents on the elastic side accents, insoles, and inner linings.
The other colorway is a nod to the Marauder’s Map. The sturdy cream-colored textile upper dons an allover print of the said map with custom collaboration details throughout.
The Vans x Harry Potter Slip-On retains the signature features of the iconic Slip-On from the Off the Wall brand – minimal construction, slip-on profile, and flexible rubber outsole. Each of the two colorways of this special release boasts interesting design details that represent the magical world of Harry Potter.
Vans Hufflepuff Slip-On
The Vans Hufflepuff Slip-On is one of the understated models from the Vans x Harry Potter 2019 collection. Unlike the versions of the Authentic, Era, or SK8-Hi, it features a simple and straightforward aesthetic that reflects the black and yellow theme of the Hufflepuff house from Harry Potter.
The low-top shoe dons an all-black textile upper that sits atop a clean, white midsole. On the toe box is an embroidered Hufflepuff logo crest and text, while yellow accents are visible on the elastic side goring and inner linings. The insoles are yellow, too, and feature both brandings of Harry Potter and Vans.
Vans Marauder’s Map Slip-On
One interesting pair from the Vans x Harry Potter 2019 collection is the Vans Marauder’s Map Slip-On. Unlike the Hufflepuff rendition, this one is full of details.
The cream-colored textile upper dons a Marauder’s Map print throughout, with subtle yet clever details that reference to the famed HP map. A “Mischief Managed” text is visible at the heel, while the rubber lining displays the “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” The insoles, on the other hand, feature checkerboard print and Harry Potter and Vans' brandings.
One of the most iconic and classic models from the California skate shoe brand Vans is the Vans Slip-On. It first released in 1977 as the Style #98 and instantly gained popularity in the skateboarding, surf, BMX communities because of its versatility, functionality, and on-point style. To this day, the Vans Slip-On remains a bestseller low-top sneaker from Vans.
In June 2019, Vans dropped a highly-anticipated and exclusive Harry Potter collection of apparel and footwear. The sneakers lineup includes four different classic Vans silhouettes, such as the Authentic, the Era, the SK8-Hi, and the Slip-On.
Each of the shoe in the collection boasts a design inspired by a Hogwarts House. The Gryffindor for the SK8-Hi, Slytherin for the Era, Ravenclaw for the Authentic, and Hufflepuff for the Slip-On. Aside from the Hufflepuff colorway, the Vans x Harry Potter Slip-On sneakers also come in a Marauder's Map colorway.
- The Vans x Harry Potter Slip-On also features a vulcanized sole, original waffle outsole, and molded EVA footbed.