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 unique collaborative sneaker comes in a low-top silhouette with the revolutionary Wafflecup construction with the support of a cupsole that does not set aside the traditional grip or board feel of a vulcanized shoe. The Vans x Spitfire Kyle Walker Pro is kept secured by regular flat laces.
The pale blue low-top sneaker with custom collaboration labeling is a testament to the stylish grinds of Kyle Walker. The silhouette was given a Spitfire treatment to reflect the legacy left behind by the Spitfire skateboarding team bearing the Flame head signature logo.
Wear the lightly colored sneaker while sun-soaked during the spring and summer months. The shoe can be styled with khaki shorts or beach-ready shorts. The stylish footwear works well with light colored clothes or in same colored clothing or a monochromatic look for men in either the tone of light blue or pastel tones that are not too flashy enough to overshadow the stylishness of the Vans x Spitfire Kyle Walker Pro.
On the spotlight of the collaboration between Vans and heritage skating label Spitfire on the Kyle Walker Pro is the UltraCush HD impact sockliner that enhances board feel while providing superior impact cushioning. The design also features a Duracap reinforcement on high wear areas of the suede and canvas upper.
American shoe manufacturer Vans has long been at the forefront of the skateboarding shoe manufacturing scene with the release of iconic silhouettes like the Vans Authentic, Era, SK8-Hi among others. Through the years the brand has also collaborated with the crème de la crème of the skating world with the likes of Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Anthony Van Engelen, and recently rookie pro-skater Kyle Walker releasing signature shoes with the brand.
Known for his smooth grinds, the pro-skater from Oklahoma also known as KWalks was named Skater of The Year by Thrasher magazine in 2016. He also released his signature shoe with Vans that same year with the Kyle Walker Pro. The signature model had suede and canvas material in the upper with skate-ready features to provide the highest level of impact cushioning. These include a signature waffle cup construction and UltraCush HD sockliners for impact protection and improved grip and board feel. The Kyle Walker pro also featured Duracap reinforcement in high wear areas for unmatched durability that lasts.
Meanwhile, in time for Spring 2018, Vans teamed up with heritage skate label Spitfire for a series of shoes and clothing. The collaboration aims to honor past spitfire members that included Kyle Walker, Anthony Van Engelen, Chima Ferguson, and John Cardiel. Among the models that were given a range of soft color treatment were the AV Rapidweld Pro Lite, Kyle Walker Pro, Chima Pro 2 and an Era Pro. The sneakers also featured the Burn Forever theme of Spitfire label together with clothing that reflected the skateboarding lifestyle.
- White Vans side stripes in contrast to the pale blue canvas and suede upper.
- Waffle cupsole construction improves grip while retaining board feel.
- The low-top Vans x Spitfire Kyle Walker Pro has a particular collaborative label at the tongue.
- A few perforations can be found at the front upper for added breathability.
- Removable UltraCush HD sockliner allows customization while delivering superior impact protection.