There is a subtle difference in the height of the Hi-top and Mid-top
sneakers. Both sneakers cover the ankle, but the Hi-top reaches
higher and begins to cover the lower leg. The difference between
the two is more easily highlighted by the pictures provided below.
The images below show a marked difference between a Hi-top and a
Mid-top, but sometimes it is hard to judge which category some ankle
high sneakers fit into.
Both Mid-top's and Hi-top's are used for sports - primarily Basketball
- there is no notable difference in price or availability between
the two styles. When it comes to retro trainers, the Hi-top is usually
found in a 70's style, whereas the Mid-top is usually found in a
80's style: these being the decades when each design was more prominent.