Embrace the Lace: Haute High Tops from Isabel Marant and more Replace Stilettos for Spring

Isabel Marant Betty High-Top Sneakers

Isabel Marant Betty High-Top Sneakers

It always starts with off-duty models, doesn’t it? When they’re not towering above us in their sky-high off-the-runway creations, they’re towering above us with their genes. But even they need some help sometimes. Instead of ballet flats and menswear-inspired loafers, this season they’ve elected to eschew their shoes for high tops when they’re running between go-sees and runway shows or dodging street-style snappers.

One shoe came out on top — Isabel Marant’s feminine take on basketball high-tops. They have been spotted on models like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, chic actresses Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Bosworth and even Beyoncé, who wore them in her video for “Love on Top.”

Why all the love for this ruffles-meets-laces athletic mashup? For one they look flat, but these babies have a hidden wedge inside that will boost you a good two-and-a-half inches above your fashion cohorts. Second, they’re just for those in-the-know. With no branding and an array of color combinations, only hawk-eyed fashion die-hards will spot these.

Alas, getting your hands on a pair might require more than just a quick trip to Barneys. They’re sold out all over, so Fashion Trends Daily’s assembled a slew of alternatives that’ll have you in high style and (since nobody else has managed the magic of that hidden wedge) high comfort.

 

Gucci Patchwork Leather High-Top Sneakers

Gucci Patchwork Leather High-Top Sneakers

They might look like they’re strictly for the guys (We wouldn’t bat an eyelash if Gucci muse and sometimes-designer Mark Ronson sported these) but these Gucci Patchwork Leather High Tops ($565) are for the ladies. A mixed bag of mixed media, they’re a combo of red patent GG Guccissima, smooth white leather and a flash of mint and purple. Slipping these on will give you a dash of athleticism that none of your heels can match. We can’t think of a more luxe way to walk the treadmill at the gym or grab groceries on a lazy weekend.

Chloé Suede, Leather and Ayres High-Top Sneakers

Chloé Suede, Leather and Ayres High-Top Sneakers

Chloé is known for feminine frocks and party dresses, but Hannah MacGibbon’s last collection for the famed Parisian house included these Suede, Leather and Ayres High-Top Sneakers ($575) with python detailing to match the dresses, skirts and coats that walked the runway. Quilted suede, blush leather accents and a gold nameplate on the back give these sneakers a decidedly girly twist, but we don’t think you’ll be shooting hoops or hitting the court in this particular pair of sneakers: They’re made for your off-duty, off-the-court rounds of power shopping and chic dog walking.

Miu Miu Patent Leather High-Top Sneakers

Miu Miu Patent Leather High-Top Sneakers

Miu Miu ballerinas have been go-to shoes for anyone looking to add a major dose of glam to their commuter flats, but Prada’s little sister has always been a bit of a rebel. Add a dash of punk to any of your fun spring dresses or skintight skinnies with their Patent Leather High-Top Sneakers ($495). Ditch the faux-diamonds for a studded to-cap that’s more badass than ballerina. High fashion’s not just for good girls in pretty dresses, and these tough-but-chic shoes are the perfect finishing touch for anyone who’s looking to add some cheeky irreverence to their everyday wardrobe.

Christian Louboutin Louis Spike High-Top

Christian Louboutin Louis Spike High-Top

Since this trend is about borrowing from the boys, our pick for an over-the-top guys sneaker has to be the Christian Louboutin Louis Spike High-Top ($2,495). Spiked, studded and accented by patent leather trimmings, these red-soled showstoppers aren’t for the faint of heart. And while the girls might dress down to wear their Marants and Miu Mius, we’re guessing any fella wanting to sport this daring pair will have to dress to the nines if he wants to score some major points.

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