words // Luis Sanchez
Since as far back as the mid '90s, low-cut sneakers have been a huge part of some of the most popular signature footwear lines.
We all know Michael's Air Jordan line made them popular with gems such as the Air Jordan XIII Low, and even early classics such as the Air Jordan II Low. The brand also made low cut sneakers more of a frequent thing with signature models not even rocked by MJ, such as the Air Jordan XIV Low, the XV Low, XVI Low and many more. But while the Jordan Brand could be heavily credited for the trend of signature low cut sneakers, lows have always had a much bigger importance.
Off-court style and appeal have a lot to do with it, but most importantly, low cut sneakers also have performance advantages.
A perfect example is Kobe Bryant's latest signature model in the Kobe IX, which has already been introduced in performance driven high-cut and low-cut versions. The Flyknit-constructed Elite version might be the main performer, but the low-cut Engineered Mesh edition still represents everything Nike Basketball stands for and helps continue to push performance and innovation to the next level. High-cut and low-cut offerings al...