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Top 10 Most Underrated Sneakers

Top 10 Most Underrated Sneakers

Top 10 Most Underrated Sneakers

Sneakers, trainers, kicks, whatever you like to call them, most of us live our lives in them, some of us like to wear them for sport, whereas others wear them purely for style reasons, but what we can all agree on is that sneakers are a big deal.

We’ve all seen the hype around various sneaker releases, avid fans queue up for hours with hopes that they might bag themselves a pair. However, there are some very underrated sneakers in the world, that we think deserve some form of recognition.

  1. Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski SE

Stefan Janoski has been noted to be one of Nike’s biggest collaborators, but Stefan’s vision didn’t quite hit the spot with certain sneaker freaks out there. The velcro straps and choice of material made it a questionable model, but I think it looks sleek, stylish and most importantly, practical.

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    1. Nike Hyperfeel

    Designed for runners, the Nike Hyperfeel didn’t quite reach the mark with sneaker fans and running fanatics alike. The initial design idea for this sneaker was a sock. It was designed to be as light as a feather as it was moulded for runner’s. Hyperfeel should have been one popular sneaker, but  it sadly flopped a little bit in the grand scheme of things. Oh well, I’m sure Nike got over it.

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      1. Vans Caballero

      Probably the most famous skating shoe brand in the world with some of their earliest sneakers still being made and worn today. However, there are a few sneakers that slipped through the cracks of the sneaker world, and the Caballero is one of them. Many of you will know the Vans Half Cab, but without the Caballero, you wouldn’t have the Half Cab.

      Van’s designers were fed up of people continually cutting the tops off of their Caballero sneakers, so they created the Half Cab as an alternative for skateboarders.

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        1. Puma GV Special

        We have Guillermo Vilas to thank for these sneakers. A major tennis player during the 70’s and 80’s, he sported a pair of these Puma GV Specials, specifically designed to help cushion his foot whilst playing tennis. However, as much as Guillermo was a hit, sadly, his sneakers weren’t.

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          1. Wilson Pro Staff Classic Mesh

          Many people’s association with Wilson will be rather damaged, after Tom Hanks grew particularly fond of them during his brief stay on a tropical island. But during the 1980’s Wilson was a sports brand to be reckoned with as they dominated the sporting world with their hi-tech sporting shoes and clothing.

          The Wilson Pro Staff Classic Mesh, are sadly no more. Although popular at the time, the Wilson brand never really made it past the 80’s/90’s but I’m sure generational sneaker lovers will remember these in fondness.

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            1. Puma Disc

            We first saw this gem in 1991, it is considered the first of its kind. A technological advance for the sneaker world, the Puma disc will go down in history as one of the first laceless sports shoes. The disc has its downside, but personally, I feel that, for such a technologically advanced shoe, it really does deserve more of a mention.

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              1. Converse Jack Purcell

              This may be a controversial choice from my part, but I feel that not enough people knew about the Converse Jack Purcell sneaker at all. Aptly named after the famous badminton player, Jack Purcell, Converse bought the trademark rights to these shoes from B.F.Goodrich in 1970, and ever since then the popularity of the sneakers grew.

              With the signature ‘smiley’ toe cap and minimal design, the Converse Jack Purcell is sure to go down in sneaker history.

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                1. Nike + Running Shoes

                Another technological shoe for the sneaker world, Nike released a series of running shoes that synced to your iPod in partnership with Apple. These sneakers were capable of tracking your running to help you improve i.e. your speed, how many steps you’ve taken and even how you run. However, these weren’t a massive hit, with avid running fanatics not taking to the sneakers. As a technological first, you have to give it to Nike on their aspirational sneakers.

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                  1. Puma Clyde 24k Gold

                  Unfortunately, these sneakers weren’t made out of 24k gold, but they certainly looked like they were. These were  re-release of the 2012 collaboration with UNDFTD and focused on the classic Walt Frazier sneakers that Puma is known and loved for. It may have been the color, that people weren’t a fan of, but you can’t deny the design on these beauties.

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                    1.  Etonic X Fred Perry

                    This is a pair of sneakers that many would love to have, this was a collaboration between sneaker powerhouse Etonic and global tennis star turned apparel designer. Fred Perry was not something to be desired at the time! With the retro sneakers trend still in full swing (a massive fan myself).

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                      Featured photo credit: Max the black does Cardiff via theidleman.com

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                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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