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 Independent Half Cab Pro model is a skate shoe with an adjustable lace closure. The mid-top profile of this skate shoe gives wearers sufficient ankle support without too much restriction.
The Half Cab Pro from the Independent x Vans collaboration manages to stay true to the classic heritage of the Half Cab Pro model. At the same time, it also flaunts unique features that give a nod to the skate truck manufacturer’s skateboarding legacy.
The Vans x Independent Half Cab Pro dress blues/demitasse comes mainly in blue canvas/suede panels with hints of brown on the collar and sides and Independent brandings on the heel and midsole.
Pro skater Steve Caballero’s Half Cab Pro silhouette received a unique upgrade in a collaboration between Vans and Independent Truck Company. The collaborative model retains that signature features of the pro upgrade to the classic Vans Half Cab but revamped with design details inspired by the skate truck manufacturer. In particular, the Independent’s signature cross logo adorns the heel part of the midsole while the word “Independent” further enhances the design detail at the heel.
Introduced in 2007 by the brand known for its "Off the Wall" tagline is an upgraded pro version of the classic Vans Half Cab silhouette - the Vans Half Cab Pro.
The Half Cab Pro flaunts design upgrades that give better skate performance than its predecessor. Vans opted to take away the vulcanized construction of the Half Cab and replace it with a cup sole for improved impact protection and cushioning, additional support, and superior grip.
In 2018, the Half Cab Pro made its way to be part of a well-celebrated collaboration between Vans and Independent Truck Company or Independent Trucks, a California-based manufacturer of skateboard trucks. The shoe is called the Vans x Independent Half Cab Pro.
- Skateboard trucks are part of skateboards that hold the wheels. They are also called “Indy.”
- The Vans x Independent Half Cab Pro also features DURACAP reinforcement rubber underlays for increased durability.