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.
The Vans x Spitfire Chima Pro 2 unisex low-top sneaker is considered a streetwear essential that offers a true-to-size fit. The sizes available for men consumers are from 6 to 13 US, while the proportions for women are from 5 to 14.5 US. Its footbed offers a snug fit whereas its lace-up closure provides a customized locked down feel. The Pro Vulc Lite Construction keeps the weight of this shoe down and at the same time grants a closer to the board experience, which is a desirable asset for skateboarders.
Featuring a stylish, velvety upper with a modified insole, the ultra-hip Vans x Spitfire Chima Pro 2 low-top sneaker is suitable for skateboarding and everyday urban wear. Outfitted with a pastel Spitfire pink suede and reinforced by a Duracap underlay, this sneaker keeps the feet protected as skaters use this for cruising, flipping, kicking, and flying with their boards. Its toned down style weds suitably well with light-colored denim, khakis, cargos, also fashionable. Its slim look works fittingly with bottoms that taper at the hem.
Chima Ferguson’s signature sneaker branded as the Vans x Spitfire Chima Pro is loaded with tech features that make it advantageous for street skating. This sneaker is extra comfortable, responsive, and well protected with its UltraCush Lite 3D sockliner. The high-wear areas of the upper are reinforced by a Duracap element or rubber underlays which offers durability. Underfoot, the original waffle outsole tread pattern grants stability and superb grip, while its Pro Vulc Lite sole construction delivers excellent board feel and flexibility.
Two of the instantly recognized labels that share the same passion for skateboarding, Vans and Spitfire Wheels, partnered as far back as 2010 in generating a couple of attractive and ageless footwear designs using basic color palettes.
The first offsprings of this collaborative work are the Vans Chukka Low and Spitfire x Vans Era Pro. The former sported a striking deep red colorway while the later came in a neutral grey tone contrasted by a catchy crimson inner lining.
Seven years later, in 2017, this iconic skate wear duo launched another sneaker capsule, which included reinterpretations of the Vans Ultrarange Pro, Vans Slip-On Pro, and Vans Style 112 Pro. These Vans x Spitfire pack, supported by Vans team riders John Cardiel and Dan Van Der Lin, integrated classic designs and current skate technologies to deliver better performance.
In the Spring of 2018, Vans and Spitfire rekindled the flame and united once again to introduce another range of sneakers. This most recent collection features an exclusive pair of skate shoe that pays tribute to Sydney’s exceptional skater Chima Ferguson. Named as the Vans x Spitfire Chima Pro 2, this second wave of Chima’s signature pro footwear is built with elements fit for skateboarding, from a supportive and sticky rubber sole to its well-fortified canvas and suede upper.
The first signature sneaker of Chima by Vans was unleashed in 2013 which reflected his demanding and daring style of skating. Branded as the Chima Pro, the initial release has an Ultracush cushioning, a thin, responsive inner sole, and enhanced toecap for long-lasting wear. This model was succeeded by a second salvo called the Chima Pro 2 which was dropped in 2018.
- Vans textured Sidestripe is designed with ridges that mimic Spitfire’s hypnotic swirl graphics.
- Its leather heel cap displays a debossed “Burn Forever” inscription.
- The Vans x Spitfire Chima Pro 2 in pink and Kyler Walker Pro in blue were released as part of the 2018 collaborative collection of these iconic skate brands.