Top 5 Skater Sneakers: Across the Board

How times change. Sneakers used to be a bona fide snob no-no. Now they’re a legitimate staple! With New York Fashion Week in full effect, I have a feeling that, for the first time ever, the number of high-top kicks will rival that of teetering stilettos. I’ll admit, I’ve never even considered going near a skate park (ramps and grinds aren’t exactly my thing; shocking, I know), but I just might have to consider getting down with a pair of skater-inspired sneakers.

1. Yves Saint Laurent Malibu Leopard-Print Calf-Hair SneakersNow this is my kind of kick. If you’re going for super-sporty, why not do it in spotted calf-hair?
On Net-a-Porter for $745.

2. Sandro Albatorock Black Sneakers: Sandro’s studded high-top proves the brand is a force to be reckoned with. Ultra-smooth leather counters the tomboy edge.
At Sandro for $600.

3. Pierre Hardy Leather-Trimmed Canvas High-Top Sneakers: Hardy’s smooth geometric lines are just the thing to add retro-inspired class to a Velcro-strapped sneaker.
On Net-a-Porter for $495.

4. Y-3 Leather and Textile Wedge SneakersY-3 has been mastering athletic-chic for years, and this textural blend proves why. A hidden wedge and coy cutouts take it from basic to beyond.
On Luisa via Roma for $524.

5. Jimmy Choo Tokyo Patent & Pony-Skin Sneakers: Yes, I’m a sucker for animal prints. These get extra-wild with a flash of patent paneling.
On Luisa via Roma for $665.

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