Sneakers have come a long way from their origin as simple footwear to a fashion trend and even into the world of high end designer footwear. Sneakers are typically shoes made primarily for various sports or other kinds of physical activity but now that are also popular for daily casual wear. With the popularity of sneakers soared the sneaker industry that now has sneaker specialty boutiques in most major cities around the world. The styles and designs of sneakers vary depending on what sport the shoe is intended for, but the basic design remains the same – a low-cut mid-calf boot with a sturdy rubber outsole.
Most sneakers made today are constructed out of synthetic materials such as nubuck, leather, synthetic suede, and rubber. Nubuck and suede are popular for being smooth and shiny and are much softer than the leather. Leather, on the other hand, is hard but is usually flexible and can be dyed to match any color. Synthetic suede and nubuck have also become popular due to the increased cost of leather and are a good substitute if you don’t want to spend that much for your sneakers.
Athletic shoes are designed to provide maximum support while minimizing damage to feet by allowing the individual to maximize their motion while performing the activity. Athletic shoes are made of many different materials including leather, rubber, synthetic, and other synthetic materials. Athletic shoes usually include cleats which are special shoe spikes that add traction and control to athletic shoes. In recent years, however, rubber soles have become more popular and are available in various styles that can be worn for casual occasions as well as sports.