The Family of SUPRAS
Before we get into the family of Supras, we must first understand the history of Supras. Fashion is not just about what looks good, but it’s about what exactly you are wearing. For example, the brand Kai-Aakmann is not just another brand that makes clothes for us to wear. The brand is made up of three distinct words. The brand’s name Kai-aakmann is a combination of three words, when combined make up the world of Kai-Aakmann. KAI- And, a conjunction in greek, is combined with AAK, the Anima is described by Psychiatrist Carl Gustov is the archetypal central image of the psyche. MANN- is German for Man. Man as in mankind. The brand is a modern exploration of masculine and feminine attitude. Kai-Aakman strives to create harmony between the masculine tradition of precise tailoring and the softness of feminine draping. As a result, this harmony is a brand that speaks to an intelligent, curious and contemporary customer. The brand brings out the feminine inner personality of every man and the masculine inner personality of every woman. It’s not just a piece of clothing, it’s an idea and vision you are wearing.
So what are SUPRAS?
Supras were created by Angel Cabada from California and decided to call his shoes, Supra, which in Latin meant “above and beyond”. The very first sneakers he created were the Skytops and they proved to be a top seller. The Supras are skate shoes and real skaters wear them because they like them. However, they have been so popular that everyone just wears them for the heck of it. You can’t find another brand that’s as bold, creative and stylish as the Supras.
I call it the Supra family because for many of the high tops , there is a low top version. When you wear jeans, you would want to wear the high top version and when you wear shorts, the low top version is perfect.
Let’s take a look at the family. We’ll start by looking at some of the high tops that Supras sell.
*This article is strongly bias as fashion is bias and subjective.
Extra heel protection molded into a comfortable high memory polyurethane insole. Full-length midsole injected with exclusive SUPRAFOAM® providing entire foot impact resistance, optimal shoe flex and board feel. Thin soft collar and tongue foam.
You can’t go wrong with these originals. If you’re looking to be the average citizen wearing Supras because it’s cool, fashionable and trendy, then Skytops are for you. Match these with a sick pair of jeans say G-Star and you’ll be well on your way to dominating the world.
Third generation of the Skytop, featuring a mid top silhouette and molded TPR cage with distinct lines reflecting the original Skytop upper pattern. Modern rubber cup sole with full-length blown EVA throughout the entire forefoot and heel. Rubber sidewalls in the skate sensitive areas around the toe box. Fully enclosed mesh body provides breathable support. Removable EVA pod with encapsulated air pocket provides extra protection from heel impact. Outsole tread unmatched board feel.
These bad boys will tell the world that you’re serious about your fashion and that you’re serious about dominating the streets. If you want to be bold, the Skytop II’s are for you. If you’re conservative, please keep to the Cuban Supras. I will get there later.
High top design with two velcro straps on a vulcanized outsole. Extra heel protection molded into high memory polyurethane insole. Exclusive SUPRAFOAM® midsole providing entire foot impact resistance, optimal shoe flex, and board feel. Internal lace gillies. Neoprene lining and internal neoprene bootie for unmatched comfort, fit and performance.
Less bad boy than the Skytop II, but this one is just as naughty. The two velcro straps give an intimidating design to the shoes and the details say ‘watch out’. You don’t want to be messing with someone with a pair of Society Supras.
Classic high top design with vulcanized outsole. Premium grade EVA sockliner. Exclusive SUPRAFOAM® midsole providing entire foot impact resistance, optimal shoe flex and board feel.
These are more good boys than bad boys. If you don’t want to be too dressy, yet you don’t want to be too bold, the Thunder Supras are just in the middle and perfect for you. Keeping it classy yet sexy.
High top upper with a vulcanized outsole. Extra heel protection molded into comfortable high memory polyurethane insole. Exclusive SUPRAFOAM® midsole providing entire foot impact resistance, optimal shoe flex and board feel.
The Vaiders are one of my favourites and one of the top selling Supras. Maybe because they kind of remind me of Lord Vadar -.-
Anyways, these slick Supras scream class, style and boldness. If you want a good mixture of Skytop + Skytop II + Thunder, then you need to get a pair of Vaidar Supras. Can’t go wrong with a pair of these….can’t go wrong.
Now let’s take a look at my most hated part of the Supra Family, the mid tops. I hate them because they really are outcasts. No one really likes them and they break the family tradition. Why? because high tops have matching low tops, but nothing has matching mid-tops or matches mid-tops (with one exception, but not really). Mid-tops in my opinion are just awkward. Nevertheless, let’s take a look.
Skate functional “boot-inspired” mid top design. Lightweight cupsole. SUPRAFOAM® in the heel provides foot impact resistance, optimal shoe flex and board feel. Premium grade EVA sockliner.
These particular Bandit Supras are okay. Nothing too special in my opinion. If you want to be plain and normal, and need to find a pair of shoes to go well with a shirt, go with the Bandit Supra.
Third generation of the Skytop, featuring a mid top silhouette and molded TPR cage with distinct lines reflecting the original Skytop upper pattern. Modern rubber cup sole with full-length blown EVA throughout the entire forefoot and heel. Rubber sidewalls in the skate sensitive areas around the toe box. Fully enclosed mesh booty provides breathable support. Removable EVA pod with encapsulated air pocket provides extra protection from heel impact. Outsole tread pattern designed for increased flexibility and unmatched board feel.
To me, these look more like runners. You could literally go jogging in them and that would be cool. I guess these would be a good pair of fashionable runners for you sporty people!
If you recall, the SOCIETY high-top Supras had velcros on them that gave the intimidating bad boy look. These Society (Mid) Supras look like complete outcasts. Not intimidating at all and they look like they’re about to cry. Supras are born to be treated as Kings, but this one looks like it can be worn to work and be treated like dust. Unfortunately for this sad pair of shoe, there is no glamour. QQ indeed.
Finally done with the saddest line of Supras (in my opinion) and on to the low-tops! Perfect for summer!
CONTINUING WITH THE FAMILY OF SUPRAS!
The low-tops have a TON of their own family members, but I’m going to skip most of them because it’ll take me a whole night to get through all of them and I simply don’t really care too much for them anyways. If you’re interested, take a look yourself at suprafootwear.com
These are so beautiful. They look like the baby version of the black Skytop Supras, but low-top, hence….Skylow. For those with some extra cash, invest in a pair of Skytop Supras and then invest in the same pair of shoes, but in the Skylow version. Doesn’t get classier than that. Save the Skytops for rainy days, then pull out the Skylows on sunny days when you’re in a pair of shorts. Brilliant.
Once again, the low-top version of the Thunder high-tops. Can’t go wrong with these.
Refer to above. But yeah, sexy.
Kinda looks like Lord Vadar himself. That’s probably where the inspiration came from anyways.
Last but not least, I am going to introduce….
These Cuban Supras aren’t your typical street wear Supras. They’re borderline semi formal and if you get the full grey or full black versions, you could literally wear a suit on top and it would look perfect. Well, there are some that decide to wear Skytop II’s with suits and that’s cool too I guess. Cuban Supras are definitely trendy and conservative.
I am actually in need of a pair of Skylow or Vaider low Supras for the summer. They are just too awesome.
So there you have it, a good introduction to the family of Supras. If you don’t know where to pick one up, head over to J2, ask for a size, try them on, head over to a mirror and then get blown away. For the price, it’s worth it. Trust me.