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These Sneakers Will Take You From The Gym To Fashion Week

Work the treadmill like it's a runway.

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There's something special about shoes: they have a certain way of attracting us and making us want more (which is why, despite our overflowing shoe closet, our wish list is still being constantly added to). Perhaps it's something to do with the fact that, for the vast majority of people, they are an absolutely essential accessory. If we have to wear something everyday, why not make it an enjoyable experience? Besides, who doesn't love shoes – especially designer ones?

While we would love to get our hands on a pair of iconic red-soled Louboutins, the starting price of $695 is more of an investment than we're willing to make for a pump that we would rarely get a chance to wear. And we want to make the most of our investments. Which is why we're so relieved that some of the top fashion houses have started to produce sneakers: it's the perfect way to give our feet the luxury treatment with a low cost-per-wear ratio, plus it means we can finally retire our Stan Smiths. 

Usually designer sneakers are too opulent and heavily decorated for everyday wear (leading us back to the original problem), but since Karl Lagerfeld created a pair of simple, subtle double-C logo trainers for Chanel, we've noticed loads of lowkey, high-fashion footwear has become available. Karl managed to strike a balance between practical, stylish and luxurious with a sneaker that is as suited for running errands in as it is for adding an athleisure edge to a casual look. Now, there are loads of different types to choose from that fulfil our everyday needs – even if we wouldn't personally go so far as to wear a pair to the gym for fear of sweating through the stitching. 

Minimal leather sneaker pioneers Common Projects released a design with extra sole support and a mesh top, which are both ergonomic and sleek. They're the perfect option for toning down the seriousness of a shift dress or a plaid suit for a smart-casual office. Stella McCartney's offbeat offerings with mixed prints and thick rubber soles could add a playful element to a staple jeans-and-t-shirt combo – given that she's had experience designing capsule collections for Adidas, we're sure they'll keep you incredibly comfortable on a busy day. If you want to go all-out in a trend-bending trainer,  Fendi has the answer: their knitted sock sneakers are the perfect alternative to the ankle-breaking stiletto sock boots we've been seeing lately, and they'll look just as great with a floral midi dress for fall. 

Check out our selection of designer sneakers that will get you from the gym to the front row in comfort and style:
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Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Starter Glitter-Trimmed Leather Sneakers - $585
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Balenciaga Race Runner Leather, Mesh, Suede and Neoprene Sneakers - $695
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Vetements X Reebok Distressed Leather Low-Top Trainers - $780
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Givenchy Runner Elastic Leather Sneakers - $650
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Charlotte Olympia Work It! Embroidered Velvet Sneakers - $325
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Valentino Studded Leather Sneakers - $676
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Ganni Ariana Denim Sneakers - $315
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Common Projects Track Low-Top Nubuck and Mesh Trainers - $498
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Acne Studios Manhattan Leather, Suede and Mesh Sneakers - $470
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Fendi Perforated Stretch-Knit Sneakers - $880
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Stella McCartney Eclipse Low-Top Contrast-Panel Trainers - $665
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Valentino Valentino Garavani Soul Rockstud Suede Sneakers - $795
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