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The 12 Chicest Statement-Making Designer Sneakers You Need Right Now

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A funny thing happened on the spring/summer '17 runways. Among the ruffles (Fendi), the military jackets (Dolce & Gabbana), and the pantsuits (Givenchy), one trend emerged: sneakers.

Yes, that's right, couture kicks are officially a thing. From sexy Versace to avant-garde Maison Margiela, luxe fashion houses are now creating seriously covetable footwear that's as much of an investment piece as other high-end accessories like handbags.

These aren't the type of sneakers you'd want to wear to the gym (at $1,400, you might not want to burpee in that pair of beaded Valentinos), but they're the perfect alternative to heels when it comes to styling that white slip dress you plan on wearing all summer long.

So which dream pairs are worth the splurge?

Here are the 12 chicest statement-making designer sneakers you'll want this season.

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1. Alexander McQueen Studded Leather Sneakers, $570

Stud accents are the quickest way to add edge to your look—while still being work-appropriate.

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2. Dolce & Gabbana Printed Leather Sneakers, $875

Even on overcast days, this bold tropical print will definitely bring the sunshine.

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3. Fendi Embellished Suede and Lizard-Effect Leather-Trimmed Neoprene Sneakers, $900

The Italian fashion house's signature pyramid studs look as chic on these neoprene slip-ons as they do on a classic shoulder bag.

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 4. Mason Margiela Glittered Gold Leather Sneakers, $725

Sometimes all that glitters is gold—at least when it comes to your kicks.

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5. Tory Burch Laney Crystal-Embellished Leather Sneakers in Off-White, $295

You have rose quartz on your nightstand, amethyst on your desk, and use gemstone-infused skin-care products. Why not rock crystals on your sneakers, too?

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6. Tod's Nubuck-Trimmed Metallic Leather Sneaker, $595

Metallics are everywhere this season, from nail polish to shiny leggings—so these striped shoes are seriously on-trend (and adorable).

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7. Valentino Flycrew Nubuck & Leather Sneakers, $1,375

This iconic fashion line is synonymous with craftsmanship, and that attention to detail is on full display in the intricately beaded floral patterns of its latest footwear offering.

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8. Robert Clergerie Tolka Denim Sneakers, $495

To complete your Canadian tuxedo in style.

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9. Marni Colorblock Sneaker Sandals, $690

It's impossible to get more fashion forward than these futuristic kicks from the cool-girl-approved Italian brand.

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 10. Givenchy Mixed-Material Sneaker, $695

An intergalactic take on athleisure from the French fashion house.

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11. Prada Lip-Appliqued Leather Sneakers, $750

For when you love your sneakers so much, you could kiss them.

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12. Versace Touch Strap Sneakers, $696

Whether it's an homage to bondage or Teva sandals, one thing's for sure: This pair of Versace sneakers is seriously fashion-forward.

Two other sneaker trends that are big this season: throwback kicks and the new neutral

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