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The Three Tiers of Casual Flat Sneakers: Entry, Mid, and End Level

A pair of casual sneakers with a flat rubber sole is arguably just as essential to the modern wardrobe as a quality pair of boots or shoes, but not all pairs are made equally.

If you’ve invested, or you’re looking to invest, in a pair of casual sneakers, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the plethora of options out there, falling into a range of different price points. How can one pair of cup-soled sneakers be $60 and another pair $600? The truth is that, when it comes to sneakers, you’re often paying for the brand name, and not the build quality or longevity prospects of the sneaker.

In this edition of Three Tiers, we’ll be breaking down the range of vulcanized and cup-soled sneakers into three categories: entry, mid, and end-level. But we won’t be focussing on brand names, we’ll be focussing on the quality of the sneaker, helping to inform your purchase of a pair you want to use forever. Yes, some higher-end brand names will fall into the upper levels of our guide, but some big names we class in the entry-level may surprise you.


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