Gift Guide: Sneakerhead

For most fashion fiends, the footwear hunt begins and ends with towering heels. But for obsessive sneakerheads, it's all about athletic lace-ups—especially those created by underground artists, sports stars and widely-worshipped Japanese designers. And while the stylish sneakers below might not come in limited edition runs or with certificates of authenticity, they're every bit as covetable. The best gifts, after all, are always tied with a bow.

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Nobody (but noooobody) does a glitter shoe like Miu Miu.
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Florals have a way of making even the chunkiest sneaker look more feminine. For extra punch, pair with a likeminded blossom-print dress.


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Like modern art for your toes.
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The lovechild of the much-hyped wedge sneaker and the humble bowling shoe—without that eau de rental, of course.


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Superga hit a heavy-metal home run with these bad boys.
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Michelle Obama's just one of the many style icons to have stepped out in Lanvin's comfy cap-toed sneaks. We would love to see her in this pair next (hint hint, Mr. POTUS).
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They might be patterned with marble, but these lace-ups are light as a feather.
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Hey—you've got seats on your sneaks!


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Considering that Isabel Marant single-handedly launched the wedge sneaker craze, it's appropriate that her pair is accented with stars.
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For your favorite stylish straight shooter.
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Seems the baroque trend's taken a turn for the casual and comfortable.


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Surprisingly dressy—well, as dressy as sneakers can be—thanks to a little well-placed croc.


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That techy print is so not intended for the treadmill.
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Dark suede and pale florals combine for a perfect contrast you can wear all year round.


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