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Ever since the simple white Stan Smith sneaker blew up on the scene, there’s yet to be a street-style shoe that quite matches its widespread popularity—not that there aren’t chic kicks to try out in the meantime. (Hello, ballet-inspired lace-ups.)

The next it-sneaker? Place your bets now. It’s the pom-pom embellishment.

If there was ever an episode of Sex and the City that featured Carrie Bradshaw at a protest, she’d definitely be rocking a pair of pom-pom sneakers.

Ever since Fendi introduced the furry friend as the designer accessory of the season (originally on a keychain, a couple years back), the pom-pom has made its way onto sweaters, stilettos, and necklaces. And most recently, on the tops of everyone’s favorite slip-on sneaker styles, from budget-friendly brands like Topshop and Sam Edelman to high-end boutiques like Rebecca Minkoff and Josefinas.

While not exactly meant for the understated capsule wardrobe wearer who swears by a certain all-white sneaker, this bold style (which ranges from $45 to $150-plus) has blown up on Instagram, taking social media fashionistas’ #OOTD from classic to statement-making.

And who can blame the double-tap love? With all the drama in the world, you might as well be wearing something that’s so irreverent, it puts a smile on your face. Heck, if there was ever an episode of Sex and the City that featured Carrie Bradshaw at a protest, she’d definitely be rocking a pair of pom-pom sneakers.

Ready to lace up the new style that’s spreading some (sorely needed) sunshine? Here are a few of the brands making pom-pom shoes.

If you’re looking to upgrade the rest of your look, try this reversible bomber jacket that is two (seriously cool) pieces in one. Or wear this crystal-infused T-shirt—and you’ll never have to tuck gems into your bra again.

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