What are Sneakers?
Sneakers for men are shoes primarily designed for sports or other forms of physical exercise. These shoes were designed with rubber soles as opposed to standard hard leather soles. Leather soles were noisy but the rubber soles were so silent that the wearer could easily ‘sneak up’ on someone else. Hence, the name ‘Sneakers’ as it referred to how quiet the rubber soles were on the ground.
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Sneakers for men were supposed to be used for a specific purpose i.e. for enhanced performance and comfort during sports or any form of physical activity. However, with time, evolving needs and fashion trends, shoe designs are made to be more dynamic, hybrid and cross featured. This gave birth to various types of sneakers and now they are widely used for everyday casual wear as well.
In this post, we will be talking about 5 major types of sneakers for men. You can have a few of them in your collection based on your needs.
Types of Sneakers For Men
Sports Sneakers or sports shoes, as called by many in India, are sneakers that are designed for physical activities. There are many designs made for various activities like running, hiking, basketball, tennis, working out, etc.
These sneakers have extra cushioning and padding for added protection. Many other features like spiked soles, shock-absorbency, flexibility, etc. are added according to the activity for which the shoes are made. These sneakers are performance sneakers that are useful for heavy strenuous activities. However, these sneakers are also used as fashion sneakers these days.
Strange name for a sneaker, isn’t it? You will find the reason behind its name surprising. Plimsoll (or plimsole) aka Sand Shoes is a type of shoe with a canvas upper and solid rubber sole developed as beachwear.
The Plimsoll Shoes got its name from the colored horizontal band joining the upper to the sole, which resembled the Plimsoll line on a ship’s hull. The Plimsoll line (or waterline) is the line where the hull of a ship meets the surface of the water. Just like the Plimsoll line on a ship, if water got above the line of the rubber sole, the wearer would get wet.
As the name suggests, these type of sneakers doesn’t have any type of closure but features an elastic strip attached to either one or both sides of the upper. Slip-on sneakers are easy to wear and remove. The attached elastic facilities easy removal but also keeping snuggly fit.
Crafted with a vision to suffice two shoe styles, leather sneakers are pure leather shoes with rubber soles. This semi-formal all occasion shoes are fit for an afternoon meeting as well as a casual outing. You can get many variants like suede, nubuck leather, etc.
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