10 Best All Purpose Sports Shoes

Updated on: April 2021

Best All Purpose Sports Shoes in 2021


Nike Precision III Basketball Shoe, White/Black, 6.5 Regular US

Nike Precision III Basketball Shoe, White/Black, 6.5 Regular US
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

Nike Precision III Nubuck Basketball Shoe, Black/Black-Anthracite, 13 Regular US

Nike Precision III Nubuck Basketball Shoe, Black/Black-Anthracite, 13 Regular US
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • Mid-top design with padded collar offers comfort and containment
  • Engineered quarter panel and additional eyelets enhance the fit
  • Multi-directional traction with dual pivot points assists ROTATIONAL motion

NewDenBer Women's Casual Lightweight Cross-Traning Walking Running Shoe (9 M US, All Black)

NewDenBer Women's Casual Lightweight Cross-Traning Walking Running Shoe (9 M US, All Black)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • ★COMFORTABLE: 3D Designed Mesh Fabric, Dual vent mesh structure offers incredible comfortable and quick drying properties. Dual vent mesh construction for dynamic mobility. Perfect accord with human body engineering Keep Your Feet Feel Great!
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Nike Precision III Basketball Shoe, Black/White, 11.5 M US

Nike Precision III Basketball Shoe, Black/White, 11.5 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Mid-top design with padded collar offers comfort and containment
  • Engineered quarter panel and additional eyelets enhance the fit
  • Multi-directional traction with dual pivot points assists ROTATIONAL motion

Men's Mesh Shoes Slip on Socks Walking Sports Shoes Lightweight Barefoot Quick-Dry Aqua Yoga Water Shoes Loafers All-Purpose Amphibious Breathable Beach Pool Sneakers Red 45

Men's Mesh Shoes Slip on Socks Walking Sports Shoes Lightweight Barefoot Quick-Dry Aqua Yoga Water Shoes Loafers All-Purpose Amphibious Breathable Beach Pool Sneakers Red 45
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • BREATHABLE UPPER - The Slip on shoes is all-mesh design upper with big air voids features excellent breathability and moisture wicking, make you feel comfortable.
  • COMFORTABLE LINING - Mesh shoes made by moisture wicking lining, cool and dry to wear, and the soft elastic insole to support the feet.
  • Lightweight - Adopt lightweight durable material, the free tension allows you to enjoy the ultimate barefoot feeling,this mens walking shoes can reduce burden for long time wearing.
  • Non-slip & Shockproof - This mens walking shoes use the cushioning MD sole, it’s EVA secondary foaming technology. The Geometric Shapes anti-slip modules on the sole greatly strengthen the grip on various road surfaces.
  • Athletic & Casual Sneakers - The slip on fashion shoes is suitable for casual daily indoor wearing, and also for outdoor activities, such as walking, running,tennis,trail,traveling, cycling, climbing , etc.

Nike Precision III Basketball Shoe, Black/White, 13 Regular US

Nike Precision III Basketball Shoe, Black/White, 13 Regular US
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Mid-top design with padded collar offers comfort and containment
  • Engineered quarter panel and additional eyelets enhance the fit
  • Multi-directional traction with dual pivot points assists ROTATIONAL motion

Salomon Women's Sense Ride Running Trail Shoes Blue Bird/Deep Lagoon/Navy Blazer 11

Salomon Women's Sense Ride Running Trail Shoes Blue Bird/Deep Lagoon/Navy Blazer 11
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • GET A GRIP - Contagrip outsole gives runners outstanding grip, even on wet surfaces; Profeel Film chassis provides extra stability through the middle of the shoe and improves overall roll during toe off
  • GOOD VIBES - Vibe Technology pairs EnergyCell+, a high-rebound midsole compound, and Opal, a lightweight cushioning compound, to minimize vibrations, reducing impact forces while preserving a responsive ride
  • EXCELLENT PROTECTION - Sockliner uses Ortholite foam and an EVA heel cup to deliver support and extra cushioning; This creates a cooler, drier environment that helps maintain foot health; 3D air mesh upper for breathability
  • CUSTOM FIT - Engineered with EndoFit, an internal sleeve that hugs the foot in exactly the right places to improve feedback and footwrapping; SensiFit technology for a snug, customized fit
  • SPEED LACING - QuickLace system with frictionless eyelets for quick and easy one-pull lacing; An integrated pocket lets you store your laces out of the way

Muck Boot Mens Muckster II Low All Purpose Lightweight Shoes (9 US) (Moss/Green)

Muck Boot Mens Muckster II Low All Purpose Lightweight Shoes (9 US) (Moss/Green)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • A new sole and an improved last give this popular, updated Muck shoe more stability on wet surfaces along with an even greater level of comfort and fit.
  • The Muckster II Low is the perfect shoe when its wet and muddy.
  • 4mm CR flex-foam.
  • Breathable, Airmesh lining.
  • Comfort Topline.

Nike Precision III Basketball Shoe, Black/White, 12 M US

Nike Precision III Basketball Shoe, Black/White, 12 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • Mid-top design with padded collar offers comfort and containment
  • Engineered quarter panel and additional eyelets enhance the fit
  • Multi-directional traction with dual pivot points assists ROTATIONAL motion

New Balance Men's Roav V1 Fresh Foam Running Shoe, White/Black, 8.5 D US

New Balance Men's Roav V1 Fresh Foam Running Shoe, White/Black, 8.5 D US
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • Truly unique: The New Balance fresh Foam Roav V1 running shoes are the ultimate in casual Athletic style. Pairing a bold, attractive look with plush comfort, these cushioned running shoes are in a League of their own
  • Fresh Foam midsole: feel like you're running or walking in the clouds. The first of three proprietary technologies in this athletic shoe, fresh Foam midsole cushioning is precision engineered to deliver an ultra-cushioned, lightweight ride
  • Endurance outsole: step up your game without wearing out your favorite running shoes. Endurance rubber outsole technology provides superior Durability in high-wear areas to help get more out of the shoes
  • Ultra Heel: these neutral running shoes boast a head-turning heel that performs as well as it looks. The ultra Heel design hugs the back of the foot for a snug, supportive fit. This unique heel works alongside the bootie Upper for all-day comfort
  • 8mm drop: these lightweight shoes feature a heel-to-toe drop of approximately 8mm. Due to variances created during development and manufacturing processes, references to 8mm are approximate

Bunraku: History of Puppetry in Japan, Part Three

Bunraku, otherwise known as Ningen Joururi, is Japan's puppet theater. It has a long past, stretching back centuries. The purposes it has served and the ways in which it was enacted are rich, complex and varied.

Some theories hold that puppetry came from Korea and China, or even from as far as Greece and Turkey. Japanese folklorists usually reject these theories, though, pointing to evidence that is held in the sound of the word kugutsu, which can be tied to similar words used in the names of deities, and in Japanese shrines.

It seems probable that puppetry may have long ago been used for the purposes of Shinto worship.

Shinto is Japan's earliest religion, which revolves around worship of the kami, or gods which may be present in all things.

This does not dismiss the idea that it may have come to Shintofrom abroad, but it suggests that Shinto was the factor that allowed puppetry to enter Japan.

Medium Puppetry

Historically, the puppets were simpler--stick puppets that were manipulated by a medium. Puppet plays were likely created to please the god, but, over time, fashioned to please the spectators. It began to serve as a source of entertainment, and the medium-controlled puppet theatre, therefore, became the first kind of puppet theater in Japan.

Even from the beginning, "the medium makes no attempt to conceal the fact that she is manipulating the puppets," according to Japanese expert Donald Keene. This differs from other countries' versions of the art, in which the puppet masters are hidden away, or try to disguise themselves as much as possible. Their goal is to make it appear that the puppets move and speak on their own accord. The opposite is the case in the Japanese tradition.

The tendency to use the puppets by mediums may have evolved into the use of puppets to retell legends and histories that pertained to specific shrines. In fact, Keene says that "puppets were preferred to actors as performers of the divine legends because they lacked the 'smell' of human beings and could therefore impart mystery and authority to their gestures."

Kugutsu Troupes

The earliest troupes were known as Kugutsu, named after the puppets they used in their performances. They were described in a brief account by Oe Masafusa, which is where a large amount of the available information about them comes.

The Kugutsu lived in tents, travelling around Japan like nomads. They had no permanent home, and used puppetry as a source of income second to hunting. They were apparently rambunctious and rude. They worshipped their gods loudly at night.

Since the Kugutsu had no permanent home, they paid no taxes, and did not respect local officials. Oe also recalls that their women painted their faces and performed songs and dances for spectators, and "enticed travelers to spend the night with them" (Keene 20).

There is evidence to suggest that the Kugutsu might have actually migrated to Japan from the continent. There is definite evidence of their existence in Korea, and it is suggested that they may have originated in Central Asia.

The puppets of the Kugutsu were simple and operated by the hand of a single puppeteer. The shows originally probably included swordplay and wrestling, then likely involved into very short dramas.

A more advanced form was later imported to Japan from China. It may have come from Egypt or Greece. The Chinese created humanlike puppets that were capable of accomplishing amazing feats.

One was reportedly built that was able to serve wine at a banquet; mice were created that could run on a treadmill; housewives that would answer the door, bow, and then return to their puppet quarters were fashioned. Although these types of puppets were brought to Japan, they were not built in Japan until probably around the 14th or 15th Century.

In the 11th Century, the Kugutsu ceased to exist. The term came to mean only "prostitute." It took a long time for puppetry to make a full-fledged comeback; until the 14th Century, to be exact.

Marionette Imports

It is at this time that the string-operated marionettes were imported from China. These new, seemingly more advanced puppets, though, did not gain or hold onto much popularity within Japan, and actually sparked interest in the native forms of Japanese puppetry.

Returning to the building of kugutsu (the puppets, not the people), the Japanese actually began to make more advanced forms of their own puppets.

From the Chinese marionettes, the only feature that may have been adopted into the improved Japanese puppet were the internal strings that were eventually installed to control such things as the eyes, mouths, and fingers of the puppets. The Japanese versions, though, had no external strings.

By the middle of the 15th Century, these improved puppets were being employed to perform other types of dramas (e.g., No).

By this point, there had been no plays written specifically for the puppet theatre, so when material was needed to serve as the basis for a performance, plays of other forms were borrowed and reproduced in the style of the puppet play.

It took years for plays specifically written for the puppets to develop. Original material would, not surprisingly, come from two of the main religions in Japan: Shinto and Buddhism. Puppetry was thus divided into two forms: Ebisu-kaki and Hotoko-mawashi.

Ebisu-kaki

At Ebisu Shrine, a group of Japanese learned the art of puppetry in order to tell the legends about the god that gave Ebisu its name. After they put on surprisingly impressive shows, they were frequently invited to the palace to perform. Their talents grew to become in wide demand in about 1600, and they soon broke their ties with the Ebisu Shrine, although they held onto the title of Ebisu-kaki.

Transition to the Modern-Day

In the late 16th Century, another group of Japanese developed their own style of puppet theatre. They used hand-puppets to act out Buddhist texts and sermons. The text was narrated, and the puppets were manipulated to visually accompany the chanter.

Eventually, the chanter would play all parts--the narrator and all the characters--changing his voice to fit each role. This is not unlike the duty of the chanter in modern puppet plays, a form of entertainment known as bunraku, or puppet theater.

This is part three in a five-part series entitled "Bunraku: Japan's Theater of Puppets."

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