Ever since Phoebe Philo sported a part of Nike’s Air Max shoes in an issue of Vogue—paired, of course, with slouchy leather track pants and an effortless knit sweater—fashion folks have been spending ever-greater sums on obtaining the perfect pair of sneaks.
Here, we’ve rounded up the ten freshest kicks—from the newly released Air Jordan Flight 45 Highs to Golden Goose’s luxe star-adorned low tops—to keep you looking fly.
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ISABEL MARANT BEKETT BOOT: If you want to trace the sneaker trend back to its source, you'd best start with Isabel Marant's suede Bekett boot, the claim to fame of which is the hidden wedge heel. $695 at Net-a-Porter.
AIR MAX: Phoebe Philo made Nike's voluminous Air Max sneakers in color-blocked pink and yellow an instant sensation among the fashion set when she paired them with slouchy leather track pants and an oversize turtleneck in Vogue. $120 at Nike.
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AIR JORDAN FLIGHT 45 HIGH: Air Jordan's are back in a big way, and there's no better time to rock the large, colorful sneaks than right now. This month, the brand is set to release the Flight 45 high, an extra-tall style with purple, orange, and black leather accents. Price upon request at Nike.
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NIKE AIR YEEZY: Yes, that's "Yeezy" as in Kanye West, who collaborated with Nike on a series of moonboot-like kicks back in 2009. All of his styles are sold out, but that doesn't stop intrepid fashionistas from trolling eBay, where we found this mint and grey version. The asking price? A whopping $1,499. $1,499 at Ebay.
NIKE MENS AIR GAMMA FLIGHT SNEAKERS: Selling for $9,999.99 on Ebay (yes, you read that correctly) these sneakers are ultra-rare and from 1980s. Clearly only serious collectors should consider. $9,999.99 on Ebay.
GOLDEN GOOSE: When it comes to the wild world of sneaker freshness, a pair of spendy Golden Goose low-tops are always a safe bet in the "cool" department. Our top pick? This burgundy pair with a gold foil star. $500 at Barneys.
NEW BALANCE 990s: These effortlessly chic black and white New Balance are the ultimate in zero-effort cool, favored by the likes of Jenna Lyons and Natalie Portman, and pair well with everything from leather pants (a la Phoebe Philo) to your favorite mini skirt. $190 at Barneys.
Louis Vuitton Kanye West Limited Edition Jaspers: These shoes were an instant hit since they were introduced, and are worth more now than when they originally hit the shelves. $4,000 at Ebay.
JIMMY CHOO BARLOWE: Oozing with downtown swagger, Jimmy Choo's inimitably cool Barlowe kicks feature Basketball-shoe styling with luxury flourishes like a hand stitched sole and black hardware. $995 at Barneys.
PRADA LINEA ROSSA: Leave it to Prada to line a sneaker in plush white shearling, as they did with these soft suede lace-ups in warm tan (and accented with a sleek red "Prada" logo across the tongue). $695 at Bergdorf Goodman.
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