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.
Stud accents are the quickest way to add edge to your look—while still being work-appropriate.
Even on overcast days, this bold tropical print will definitely bring the sunshine.
The Italian fashion house’s signature pyramid studs look as chic on these neoprene slip-ons as they do on a classic shoulder bag.
Sometimes all that glitters is gold—at least when it comes to your kicks.
Metallics are everywhere this season, from nail polish to shiny leggings—so these striped shoes are seriously on-trend (and adorable).
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.
To complete your Canadian tuxedo in style.
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.
10. Givenchy Mixed-Material Sneaker, $695
An intergalactic take on athleisure from the French fashion house.
11. Prada Lip-Appliqued Leather Sneakers, $750
For when you love your sneakers so much, you could kiss them.
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.