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Sep 5, 2013
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Within the ranks of today's sneaker freaks is a subtle debate that has endured for years. The issue? High-top vs. low-cut kicks, and which one should we put our smelly feet in.

With shoe companies expected to keep churning out products for the two different styles, this footwear conundrum will continue to endure for as long as we need shoes. Then there's also this little concept called individual preference. So we concede: There's really no definitive answer for this one.

But that doesn't mean we can't at least simplify things. And that we try by coming up with several reasons why should go low-cut and/or high-top, read them below...

If you want more versatility

Among the two cut types, low-cut is considered the more versatile style, and by that we mean it goes well with more clothing elements in general. You could wear one with most kinds of shorts and jeans without having to worry if you're a fashion disaster. Heck, you could probably pull it off even if you're wearing those God-awful tambay jerseys, as long as you know how to mix and match colors (here's our guide on shoe colors).

High socks are a no-no


If you like wearing high socks, don't wear low-cut shoes, and shorts. Trying out this combination will result to a really awkward look that is a cross between kiddy and creepy. Throw in high-waist khaki shorts, a collared shirt, and a cap worn side ways, bondying look na! We bet you wouldn't like that.

For easier cleaning

Low-cut shoes are also generally easier to clean because they have less material for you to deal with. That and its insides also dry a bit faster because they're more exposed. So, if you've got the Juan Tamad gene in you, this should sway you more towards going low-cut. (On a kind-of-related note, check out our tips on how to clean and take care of your maong here.)

A runner's BFF

high-top vs low-cut shoes
If you're into running, low-cut rubber shoes are for you. Two reasons: (1) low-cut kicks offer more freedom of movement for your feet, which is obviously a big deal in running; (2) going low-cut means there'll be a bit less weight to hold your feet down. While the difference might seem insignificant, this will be a factor if you're covering long distances. Plus, have you seen true-blue runners doing their thing with high-tops? We thought so.

Not for the cold


Low-cut shoes are versatile in style, but the same cannot be said about it in terms of resisting harsh weather conditions. The main enemy here is the cold, as many of these shoes come with thinner skins. And since you've got less to cover your feet with, you'll feel the chill more if you're in a place where freezing to death is a distinct possibility. Good thing we live here in 'Pinas, but if ever you decide to bring your talents to the Western hemisphere, then we recommend lacing up with some hi-tops, socks, and pants.

NEXT: On to the high-top side of the affair