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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This SK8-Hi Reissue is a unisex sneaker that comes in boy's sizes ranging from 3.5-6, extending to 6.5-13 for men's sizes. Women can also avail of these sizes, by going 1.5 sizes down as per the recommendation of the brand. The leather upper, along with its high-top silhouette provides a supportive and secure fit. It is then reinforced by the eyelets that go above the ankles to allow the adjustable tightness on the shoe. Based on the recommendation of its users, going half or a full size down is ideal for the perfect fit.
When both classics collaborate, it indeed is one partnership that cannot be missed. The iconic characters of Charles M. Schulz relive it again with a collaboration with another legend, the Vans SK8-Hi. Even though there is such an awareness of reliving the past in terms of fashion, The Vans x Peanuts shows that this is one for the books. Using the high-top silhouette of the SK8-Hi as its canvas, Peanuts fans could see the vintage artworks from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Sneakers from this collection come in three colorways, two of which come in black and white, and one in a striking yellow colorway.
Because of the familiar SK8-Hi design, these sneakers can be styled in myriad ways. However, to highlight the design the artwork imprinted on the shoe, it is best to pair these with a simple outfit.
While the show-stopping aesthetic highlights the overall look of the shoe, it cannot be denied that the leather materialization on its upper portrays a premium upgrade on the familiar SK8-Hi's. Nonetheless, its features remain to be intact. Some of this includes the re-enforced toecap which endures repeated wear, signature rubber waffle outsole for maximum traction and grip, and padded collars for added flexibility and support.
The Van Doren Rubber Company, now called Vans, was founded by brothers Paul and Jim Van Doren along with business partners Gordon Lee and Serge Delia. Initially manufacturing shoes and selling them directly to the public, the brand eventually found its following in the skating and surfing community, mainly because of its location in Anaheim, California. Ultimately, the brand garnered popularity among music, art, and fashion.
One of the most distinguished silhouettes from the brand is the SK8-Hi. Launched in 1976, these sneakers were initially called "Style 38" since Vans initially used the number system before transitioning to actual names in 1995. The shoe was derived from another sneaker model, the "Style 36" or Old Skool. Although the sneaker was already filling the demand of the market, especially skateboarders, for a more durable shoe, there was another quality that was missing: ankle protection. This feature, combined with Vans' signature waffle sole and canvas-leather construction, attributed to Old Skool, makes this useful for the aggressive wear of skaters.
Currently, the brand comes in endless colors, patterns, and reiterations. One of the most notable collaborations of the brand dates back in the early 1980s with Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts gang.
- The Vans x Peanuts collaboration debuted in 1984.
- The Vans x Peanuts SK8-Hi Reissue was re-released for the Spring/Summer 2017 collection.