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85 Sneaker Designs

From Political Footwear to Thigh-High Running Shoes

— June 9, 2009 — Fashion
Sneakers have always been a wardrobe stable with simple black and white designs, perfect for long school days. But sneakers seem to be getting a bit of a makeover with over-the-top designs and eye-popping styles.

Check out the gallery above for everything from animal print sneakers to Obama-inspired designs.

Implications - The idea that sneakers are only for the gym is an ideology that sneaker designers are attempting to defy. Armed with innovative ideas, the designers recognize that there is a need to appeal to niche target groups, such as cartoon lovers. The target feels an appeal to the designs as they cater to a specific sense of style. This fights the idea that sneakers are dull, ordinary and boring.

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Popularity
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Freshness
85
SXSW Sneakers
SXSW Sneakers
Supra Stubb's Skytop SXSW Edition is for Serious Music Fans
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84
East Meets West Fashion
East Meets West Fashion
SullyWong Sneakers
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83
Gingham Sneakers
Gingham Sneakers
These Reeboks Are Perfect for a Picnic
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82
Seafood-Inspired Sneakers
Seafood-Inspired Sneakers
Nike SB ‘Lobster' Dunk
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81
Crowdsourced Sneakers
Crowdsourced Sneakers
'RYZ Wear' Makes YOU a Designer
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80
Crocodile Skin Sneakers
Crocodile Skin Sneakers
$2000 Isaia di Napoli Sport Shoe
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79
Video Game Footwear
Video Game Footwear
Nintendo Right in your Sneakers
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78
Strange Surveys
Strange Surveys
Leaders buy more Sneakers
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77
Computer-Manipulated Sneakers
Computer-Manipulated Sneakers
The Verb for Shoes
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76
Handwritten Art Sneakers
Handwritten Art Sneakers
Reebok x Maeda Emoretion
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75
Silver Sneakers
Silver Sneakers
Adidas 25th Anniversary Shoe
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74
Military Mosaic Sneakers
Military Mosaic Sneakers
Hypethetic “Mosaic Skull Force One” Shoes Look Like Digi Camo
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73
Pre-Dirtied Sneakers
Pre-Dirtied Sneakers
Gold Goose Makes Clean White Shoes That Look Dirty
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72
Illusory Sneakers
Illusory Sneakers
Pierre Hardy's Perspective Cubes Feature a Freaky 3D Pattern
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71
Elegant Wool Sneakers
Elegant Wool Sneakers
The Vans Vault 2009 "Peacock" LX is Comfortable and Classy
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70
Wi-Fi Sneakers
Wi-Fi Sneakers
A Step in the Right Direction
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69
Tiger Stripe Sneakers
Tiger Stripe Sneakers
Alfie's Cup Court Low Tops are Wild for Summer 2009
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68
Organic Sneakers in Amsterdam
Organic Sneakers in Amsterdam
Veja Collection By Christine Phung
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67
Wool Sneakers
Wool Sneakers
Handcrafted Nike 'Layers Airforce' Fuse Felting and Fitness
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66
Olympic Inpsired Shoes
Olympic Inpsired Shoes
Nike Clark Kents Bejing 2008 Sneakers
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65
Ecological Awareness Sneakers
Ecological Awareness Sneakers
The Endangered Species Shoes
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64
Brazilian Culture Sneakers
Brazilian Culture Sneakers
Nike Air Max ‘Lanceiro' Honors Mangue Bit
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63
Crocodile Sneakers
Crocodile Sneakers
Limited-Edition 20th Anniversary Air Max 90's
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62
Golden Cycling Shoes
Golden Cycling Shoes
Custom Shimano SH-R300 Sneakers
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61
Personalized Photo Sneakers
Personalized Photo Sneakers
I-Saw Sneakers Are Custom Made Using Your Pictures
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60
Delivery Sneakers
Delivery Sneakers
Reebox Sir Jam Couriers Inspired by DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT
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59
Subway Sneakers
Subway Sneakers
Above + Below London Recycles Old Subway Seats Into Sneaks
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58
Geektastic Sneakers
Geektastic Sneakers
Hande Sekerciler's ‘Star Wars_Darkside' Shoe Design
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57
Collared Sneakers
Collared Sneakers
Reebok Answers Critics with 'Top Down Shoes' Launch
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56
Electric Green Sneakers
Electric Green Sneakers
Adidas Originals Electro Pack Celebrates the Springtime
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55
Fuzzy Zebra Sneakers
Fuzzy Zebra Sneakers
Nike Horse Packs
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54
$24,000 Sneakers
$24,000 Sneakers
Pure Gold Sport Shoes
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53
Camouflage Sneakers
Camouflage Sneakers
New Balance M575J 'Advantage Timber' Shoe Defies Flashy Design
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52
Beaded Sneakers
Beaded Sneakers
Lucas Ossendrijver Channels the Crafting Vibe for Lanvin S/S '09
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51
Wingtip Sneakers
Wingtip Sneakers
Nike Still Has Design Tricks
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50
Color-Popping Sneakers
Color-Popping Sneakers
Nylon Magazine Pairs Up With Nike To Create Brilliantly Bright Shoes
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49
Eco-Friendly Sneakers
Eco-Friendly Sneakers
Veja SPMA High-Tops Are a Fashionable Win-Win Situation
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48
Bold Graphic Sneakers
Bold Graphic Sneakers
Vans Sk8 Hi ‘All-Over Check' May Cause Seizures
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47
Cityscape Sneakers
Cityscape Sneakers
Adidas ZX700 Gets Edgy With an Urban Flair for Your Feet
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46
Deconstructed Sneaker Art
Deconstructed Sneaker Art
Adidas and Lifelounge "All Day I Dream About Sneakers"
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45
Retro-Futuristic Sneakers
Retro-Futuristic Sneakers
Kanye Promotes 'Nike Air Yeezy'
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44
Obama Streetwear
Obama Streetwear
MiBlox Barack Sneakers Are the New Air Force Ones
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43
Plaid Sneakers
Plaid Sneakers
New Balance Autumn/Winter 2007 Collection
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42
Custom Sneakers
Custom Sneakers
Sole Brother
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41
Japanese Zodiac Sneakers
Japanese Zodiac Sneakers
Erik Kriek Helps Onitsuka Tiger Turn 60 With Horoscope Footwear
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40
Snakeskin Sneakers
Snakeskin Sneakers
Japanese Vans Spring 2009 Collection is Pimptastic
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39
Mouse Ear Sneakers
Mouse Ear Sneakers
NighKee Series By French Artist Phoks Inspired by Mickey Mouse
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38
Gold Olympic Sneakers
Gold Olympic Sneakers
The Nike Air Force Ones Closing Ceremony Shoes
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37
Haute Couture Sneakers
Haute Couture Sneakers
Gola by Christian Lacroix
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36
80s Movie Fashion
80s Movie Fashion
Puma's Disc Blaze, Goonies-Inspired Sneakers
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35
Glow-in-the-Dark Sneakers
Glow-in-the-Dark Sneakers
New Balance MT576S by FRAT and Mita is Great for Athletic Ravers
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34
Collectable Olympic Sneakers
Collectable Olympic Sneakers
The 'Beijing' Collection by Nike
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33
Woolly  Sneakers
Woolly Sneakers
Make Your Feet Feel Toasty This Upcoming Winter Season With Woolrich Chucks
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32
Flaming Red Sneakers
Flaming Red Sneakers
Kanye West's Footwear Release for Louis Vuitton Men
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31
Cognac Sneakers
Cognac Sneakers
The Hennessy Celebration Hi-Top
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30
Political Sneakers
Political Sneakers
Barack Obama Nike Air Force One
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29
Cow Inspired Shoes
Cow Inspired Shoes
Nike Fur Sneakers
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28
Shattered Sneakers
Shattered Sneakers
Phoks' 'NighKee Serie' of Digital Art is Explosive
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27
Ribcage-Inspired Sneakers
Ribcage-Inspired Sneakers
Alexander McQueen Puma Trainers Channel Anatomy
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26
1980s Graffiti-Inspired Sneakers
1980s Graffiti-Inspired Sneakers
Psychedelic Boots From Louis Vuitton and Stephen Sprouse
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25
Designer High Top Sneakers
Designer High Top Sneakers
The Fila x RSole
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24
Artsy Sneakers
Artsy Sneakers
The Reebok Straptastik
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23
Rainbow Sneakers
Rainbow Sneakers
Atmos and New Balance CM996 Sneakers Are Like a Spectrum
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22
Diamond-Studded Sneakers
Diamond-Studded Sneakers
Adidas Celebrates 60th With $800 Pair of Superstars
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21
Cartoon Sitcom Sneakers
Cartoon Sitcom Sneakers
'Glen Quagmire' Nike SB Dunk Hi for "Family Guy" Fans
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20
Dolce & Gabbana Shoes
Dolce & Gabbana Shoes
Limited Edition Sneakers
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19
Holiday-Themed Sneakers
Holiday-Themed Sneakers
Puma “Chinese New Year” First Round
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18
Easter Egg Sneakers
Easter Egg Sneakers
The Air Jordan 1 Hare is An Easter Treat From Nike
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17
Sneakers With Straps & Snaps
Sneakers With Straps & Snaps
Futuristic Footwear From Alessandro Dell'Acqua
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16
Horror Fashion
Horror Fashion
Freddy Krueger Nike Sneakers
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15
Kryptonite-Colored Sneakers
Kryptonite-Colored Sneakers
Nike Foamposite Lite KryptoNate Kicks Go On Sale
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14
Cross-Branded Designer Sneakers
Cross-Branded Designer Sneakers
Kanye West and Louis Vuitton Catapult Street Shoes to the Mainstre
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13
Iconic Album Sneakers
Iconic Album Sneakers
Converse Leaks Images of Pink Floyd Chuck Taylors
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12
Unsporty High Tops
Unsporty High Tops
Fashion Sneakers for Men
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11
Food-Inspired Footwear
Food-Inspired Footwear
Waffle Cone Ice Cream Sneakers
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10
Pink Zebra-Print Sneakers
Pink Zebra-Print Sneakers
Nike Women's Greco Wrestling Shoe
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9
Dry-Erase Sneakers
Dry-Erase Sneakers
Reebok ‘Talkin' Krazy' Basketball Shoes
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8
'Star Wars' Sneakers
'Star Wars' Sneakers
From Darth Vader Boots to Adidas 'Star Wars' Pack
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7
Fetishvertising Fashion
Fetishvertising Fashion
'Phenomenon' Sniffs Sneakers in S/S ‘09 Campaign
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6
DIY Personalized Nike Sneakers
DIY Personalized Nike Sneakers
Nike Sportswear Bespoke Store Lets You Work With Designers
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5
Special-Edition Sneakers
Special-Edition Sneakers
Converse Introduces Black Sabbath Shoes
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4
High-Heeled Sneakers
High-Heeled Sneakers
Puma's Classic 'Clyde' Gets A Lift Thanks to Sergio Rossi
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3
Waist-High Sneakers
Waist-High Sneakers
Daryl Van Wouw Turns Converse All-Stars Into Trousers
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2
Studded Sneakers
Studded Sneakers
Worn Converse All Star Shoes Glammed Up By Gienchi
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1
Rockstar Sneakers
Rockstar Sneakers
Converse Designs Metallica and AC/DC Trainers for ‘Rock' Series
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