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 Sneakers: Now 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 Sneakers: Y-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.