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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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                      How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

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                      Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                      The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                      The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                      Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                      Review Your Past Flow

                      Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                      Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                      Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                      Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                      Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                      Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                      Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                      We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                      Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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