Duality of Sneaker Fashion: Sneakers in Formal and Casual Occasions.

Duality of Sneaker Fashion: Sneakers in Formal and Casual Occasions.

Can you wear sneakers with suits? Yes.  

Can you wear sneakers with casuals? Yes.  

What can’t you wear sneakers with? Nothing.  

If there is one thing to own in your closet, it’s sneakers. You can pair them up with pretty  much anything and the outfit will look good. Sneakers can complete the fit, whether it  be formal, casual, at the gym, on a hike, out for dinner, or just chilling with friends at a  Raptors game. This article aims to showcase sneakers (many of which GoodWeather  sells) in both the formal and casual scene, with unique information on each pair.  

The Nike Dunk Low Retro “Panda” 

Let’s start with the most popular shoe of the current times: the Panda Dunk. Nike  Dunks have seen hundreds of colorways since the design’s release in 1985, though the  Dunk’s classic white and black has continued to hold the spotlight. Nike put its timeless  color-blocking to work with the Nike Dunk Low Retro” White Black “the shoe we have  nicknamed the “Panda” dunk.  

From 2022 to present day 2023, the Panda Dunk remains the most popular shoe on the  market with over 400,000+ trades on StockX. The word “dunk” also happens to be the  most searched for term on StockX in 2022. (Data via StockX Snapshot: Big Trends, 2022). 

The upper Nike Dunk Low Retro White Black is constructed of white leather with black  leather overlays and Swooshes. Classic Nike branding is featured on the nylon tongue,  nodding to traditional Dunk design elements. A white midsole and black outsole  complete the design. 

You can find the Panda Dunks at GoodWeather.  

The Jordan 1 Low “White Black Grey” 

The Air Jordan 1 low released in 1985 alongside the Air Jordan 1 High as the first Nike low top signature sneaker for Michael Jordan. The Air Jordan Low was designed to be lighter  and more flexible than the original Air Jordan 1, making it a popular choice among  basketball players.

Fun fact: At the time, Nike Creative Director Peter Moore designed the ball-and-wings  logo for the Air Jordan 1 on a napkin after noticing a kid wearing a pair of replica pilot  wings gifted to him by the airline. This sparked the idea to connect flight with Jordans  great ability on court. 

The Jordan 1 Low “White Black Grey” features a white leather upper with black overlays  and grey Swooshes. From there, Jordan Wings and Jumpman logo embroideries on the  heel and tongue complete the design. 

You can find Jordan’s (including some low models) at GoodWeather. The Nike Dunk Low “Fossil Rose” 

The Nike Dunk Low "Fossil Rose" was inspired by the natural hues found in fossils and  rocks, and features a unique color scheme of soft pink, beige, and brown tones.  Interestingly, the "Fossil" theme of the shoe extends beyond just the colorway - the  shoe's upper material is made from a textured material that resembles the look and feel  of fossilized rocks, giving the shoe a unique and eye-catching appearance.  

The Nike Dunk Low Fossil Rose features a Fossil grey premium suede upper with Rose  suede Swooshes and heel wraps. A woven Nike tongue label and contrasting white and  rose Air sole add the finishing touch. 

The Nike Dunk Low Fossil Rose can be found at GoodWeather.  

The Nike SB Dunk Low “Skate Like a Girl” 

The Nike Dunk Low Pro SB "Skate Like a Girl" is a special edition sneaker designed in  collaboration with the non-profit organization of the same name. The organization's  mission is to create opportunities and build confidence for young girls and women  through skateboarding. 

What makes this particular Dunk Low Pro SB unique is that it was designed entirely by  women, including the colorway, materials, and graphics. The shoe features a white  leather upper with pink and blue accents, and a distinctive "SLAG" (Skate Like A Girl) logo  on the heel. A portion of the proceeds from sales going towards supporting the  organization's efforts to promote gender equity and inclusivity in skateboarding. 

The upper of the Skate Like a Girl Nike SB Dunk Low has a base of light bone suede and  overlays of dark beetroot suede. The swoosh is light crimson plush corduroy. Light bone  plush corduroy appears on the tongue and dark beetroot plush corduroy lines the  collar. Skate Like A Girl Branding adorns the tongue and Nike branding and  embroidered artwork representing inclusivity adorn the heel. A gum outsole completes  this silhouette. 

The Nike SB Dunk Low Skate Like a Girl can be found at GoodWeather. 

The Nike Dunk Low “Essential Paisley Pack Green” (W) 

The Nike Dunk Low Essential Paisley Pack Green W is part of the Dunk Low Paisley Pack  released by Nike Sportswear for 2022. Nike has released several Paisley Pack Dunks in  the past, including the 2006 release that featured black, red, and blue colorways with  paisley patterns on the upper. These shoes were highly sought-after and have become  popular among sneaker enthusiasts and collectors, so you might want to pick up a pair  at GoodWeather sometime soon… 

This version of the Nike Dunk Low features a white leather base with green leather  overlays, laces, insoles, rubber outsole, and nylon tongues. Its most notable features are  its bandana print swoosh logos and heel tabs. For increased grip, this sneaker features  designed patterns beneath its outsole, whereas it features a perforated toe box to  increase its breathability. 

The Nike Dunk Low Paisley Packs, are available at GoodWeather. 

The Air Jordan 4 Retro “Lightning” (2021) 

Originally released in 2006, the Air Jordan 4 Retro Lightning (2021) is one of the most  well-known retro Jordan 4 colorways of the Jordan Brand. It features a Tour Yellow  Durabuck upper with black netted panels and dark grey eyelets. On the tongue, a black  Jordan Flight logo patch with white and yellow accents complements the upper. From  there, a Jumpman logo on the heel tab and white midsole with a visible Air unit  completes the design. 

Notable people wearing Jordan Lightnings: 

1) Justin Timberlake - The musician and actor was seen wearing the Jordan 4  Lightning during a performance at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival. 2) DJ Khaled - The music producer and sneaker collector was seen wearing the  Jordan 4 Lightning in a promotional video for his upcoming album. 3) Travis Scott - The rapper and frequent collaborator with Nike has been seen  wearing the Jordan 4 Lightning in various social media posts. 

4) Marcus Rashford - The English soccer player was seen wearing the Jordan 4  Lightning in a photoshoot for GQ magazine. 

5) LaMelo Ball - The basketball player and NBA rookie was seen wearing the Jordan  4 Lightning during a game with the Charlotte Hornets. 

The Air Jordan 4 Retro Lightning (2021) is available at GoodWeather. The Air Jordan 11 Cool Grey 

Since its debut in 2001, the Air Jordan 11 Cool Grey has become one of the most  celebrated colorways of the Jordan 11s. 

The Air Jordan 11 Cool Grey (2021) features a Cool Grey Durabuck upper with patent  leather overlays and a signature Jumpman embroidery on the collar. From there, a 

white midsole and an icy blue translucent outsole complete the design. 

The Air Jordan 11 Cool Grey (2021) is a tough shoe to find but try checking GoodWeathers  website. 

The Nike Dunk Low EMB NBA 75th Anniversary Brooklyn Nets 

In commemoration of the NBA's 75th Anniversary, Nike delivered an exclusive iteration  of the Nike Dunk Low paying homage to the history of the Brooklyn Nets. 

The Nike Dunk Low EMB NBA 75th Anniversary Brooklyn Nets features a light grey  leather upper with navy and white overlays. On the heel, a Brooklyn Nets graphic that  takes inspiration from the retro New Jersey Nets logo is prominently displayed. From  there, an NBA 75th Anniversary woven tongue label and red stitching details complete  the design. 

The Nike Dunk Low EMB NBA 75th Anniversary Brooklyn Nets is available at  GoodWeather.  

The Jordan 1 CO.JP Midnight Navy 

The Jordan Brand revived another colorway from the 2001 Jordan 1 CO.JP Pack - the  Jordan 1 CO.JP Midnight Navy. The original Jordan 1 CO.JP Midnight Navy first released  as a Japanese exclusive in 2001.  

With only 3,000 pairs produced, the 2001 Navy CO.JP is one of the rarest Jordan 1  releases of all time. Now, for the first time in almost two decades, the Midnight Navy  CO.JP has made a return. 

Dressed in white tumbled leather, navy suede overlays, and a silver Swoosh, the Jordan 1  CO.JP Midnight Navy holds many of the same attributes as the OG. The only point of difference between this 2020 iteration and the OG is that the 2020 pair features classic  Nike branding on the tongue instead of the traditional Jumpman embroidery. A sail  midsole, navy outsole, and bubble Wings logo on the ankle complete the throwback  design. The 2020 version comes in miniature silver coloured Jordan case.  

The Jordan 1 CO.JP Midnight Navy is available at GoodWeather. 

Nike SB Dunk Low Pro “Why So Sad” 

In 2022, designed in collaboration with the mental-health initiative founded by  Scottish skater John Rattray, the Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Why So Sad releases with a  mixture of colors: coastal blue and light current blue being the dominant hues. The  upper of this Low Nike SB Dunk is made from leather material with a white Fat-style SB  lacing system. The lateral heel of this shoe features the Predatory Bird mascot, while a  yellow question mark adorns the red suede heel tab. ‘Why So Sad?’ is inscribed on the  interior tongue tag.  

The Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Why So Sad is available at GoodWeather. 

Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro SE “Black Canvas” 

In 1989, the Air Jordan 4 — the second Jordan model from legendary Nike designer  Tinker Hatfield — debuted in 4 OG colorways. Combining striking aesthetics with unique  performance-enhancing features, Jordan 4s stood out for their triangular support wings  and breathable over-molded mesh paneling. 

In 2022, the Air Jordan 4 Retro SE (Special Edition) Black Canvas returned in a neutral  color scheming with contrasting touches of crimson red. This Black Canvas Air Jordan is  a mid-top sneaker with a black canvas upper complemented by a gray tonal suede  which covers the eyelets and forefoot overlays. A gray Jumpman logo graces the heel  and woven tongue tag, with the latter getting a crimson Flight logo. The sneaker also  rides on a two-tone polyurethane midsole with visible Air-sole cushioning in the heel.


Authored by Aidan Callender for GoodWeather  

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