Almost every single season, it seems like brands release a new and shiny flagship sneaker packed with the latest in cutting-edge technology or fancy styling. While these products represent the peak of footwear design and engineering, they are usually reflected by a high retail price. In an age of stagnating incomes and the rising cost of living, not everyone can afford to sink a chunk of their pay cheque into a pair of sneakers every month – if not every week.
This is where the takedown model comes in. Generally marketed at the entry-level sneaker market, or kid’s-sized versions, these styles are an affordable option that still possess all the hallmarks of a good sneaker. Often, they’ll also feature the trickle down design and aesthetic features that their flagship counterparts contain.