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Top 100 Shoe Innovations for May

From Designer DIY-Inspired Sneakers to Candy-Inspired Slides

— May 26, 2018 — Fashion
The transitional period between winter and spring often brings a myriad of footwear offerings and this month's list of May 2018 shoe innovations is no exception. Designers have launched unique and practical offerings that range from poolside slip-ons to designer hiking boots, offering something for every aesthetic.

Standouts from this line include Vetements' Graffiti Shoes, which drew inspiration from DIY-inspired scribbles. The markings on these shoes set them apart from typical sneakers, offering something that's equal parts practical and edgy. Meanwhile, the footwear brand Switfish created a shoe collection inspired by chocolate bar wrappers. These slides featured a chunky midsole with a strap that's reminiscent of a candy bar, making for the perfect summer accessory that's sure to turn some heads.

This list of May 2018 shoe innovations features both practical and eye-catching offerings, offering something for any occasion.
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Children's Polka Dot Shoes
Children's Polka Dot Shoes
Converse Released a New Pair of Fun Summer Shoes for Babies and Kids
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Tonal Pastel Spring Sneakers
Tonal Pastel Spring Sneakers
atmos and ASICS' GEL-Inst.360 Colorways Welcome the Warm Weather
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98
Retro Neon Youth Sneakers
Retro Neon Youth Sneakers
New Balance Created a New Line of Candy-Inspired Sneakers
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Glittery Youth Sneakers
Glittery Youth Sneakers
Van's New Glitter Shoes Come in Three Colors and Two Styles for Kids
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96
Monochromatic Satin Baby Sneakers
Monochromatic Satin Baby Sneakers
Puma's New Roma Satin Infant Line is Bold and Spring-Ready
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95
Canvas-Crafted Summer Sneakers
Canvas-Crafted Summer Sneakers
Etytys' Colorful Mother Sneaker Readies For Spring/Summer 2018
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94
Retro Surf-Themed Kids Shoes
Retro Surf-Themed Kids Shoes
New Balance's 574 Retro Surf Sneakers are Perfect for the Summer
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93
Fun Mid-Rise Youth Sneakers
Fun Mid-Rise Youth Sneakers
Nike's Air Jordan 1 Spring Sneaker Colorway is Perfect for Toddlers
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92
Woven-Patterned Sneakers
Woven-Patterned Sneakers
Nike's N7 Sub-Brand Drops a Brand New Air Force 1 Low Iteration
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91
Collaborative Poolside Fashions
Collaborative Poolside Fashions
adidas Originals and Palace Revealed Items from Its Collaboration
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90
Multicolored Knit-Constructed Sneakers
Multicolored Knit-Constructed Sneakers
adidas Delivers a Bright Blend of Colors on Its Swift Run
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89
Versatile Hawaiian-Themed Shoes
Versatile Hawaiian-Themed Shoes
OluKai's Kahu Lace Sneakers are Perfect for the Streets and Beach
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88
Retro Extra-Chunky Platforms
Retro Extra-Chunky Platforms
Tommy Hilfiger's Retro Flatform is Inspired by 90s Fashions
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87
Monochrome Elephant Print Sneakers
Monochrome Elephant Print Sneakers
Jordan Brand Unveiled a Sleekly Designed Air Jordan 3 Model
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86
Moccasin-Inspired Men's Shoes
Moccasin-Inspired Men's Shoes
Main Mountain Moccasin's Watch Shoes are Durable and Rugged
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85
Reworked Nubuck Heritage Sneakers
Reworked Nubuck Heritage Sneakers
SASQUATCHFABRIX and ASICS Reworked the GEL-PTG MT SIlhouette
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84
Cement-Themed Baby Shoes
Cement-Themed Baby Shoes
Nike Created a New Pair of Stylish Streetwear-Style Toddler Sneakers
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83
Celebratory Kangaroo Leather Sneakers
Celebratory Kangaroo Leather Sneakers
Antonia & Diadora's B.Elite Pays Tribute to Tennis Champs
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82
Hip Fur-Lined Slides
Hip Fur-Lined Slides
FILA's New Drifter Slides are Fuzzy and Fashion-Forward Summer Shoes
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81
Luxe Italian Youth Shoes
Luxe Italian Youth Shoes
The New Dolce & Gabbana Leather Sneakers are a Statement Piece for Spring
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Pale Money-Accenting Sneakers
Pale Money-Accenting Sneakers
Nike's Air More Money Shoes Receive Two New 'Get Money' Colorways
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European Summer-Inspired Sneakers
European Summer-Inspired Sneakers
COPSON and New Balance Join To Deliver The Limited 247 Shoe
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78
Sky-Blue Athletic Baby Sneakers
Sky-Blue Athletic Baby Sneakers
Nike's New Huarache Ultra Colorway is Colorful and Summer-Ready
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77
90s-Inspired Celebratory Sneakers
90s-Inspired Celebratory Sneakers
Nike's Air Max 98 Now Comes in a Racer Blue Colorway
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Vibrant Orange Slide Shoes
Vibrant Orange Slide Shoes
The adilette Slide Arrives in a "Regal Gold" Colorway
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75
Knit Kids Athletic Sneakers
Knit Kids Athletic Sneakers
St Laurent Knit Sneakers for Kids Come in Three Exciting Colorways
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74
Pink-Hued Spring Shoes
Pink-Hued Spring Shoes
Vans' Timeless Silhouette Has Been Updated with the 'Evening Sand' Colorway
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73
Warm Weather Handcrafted Shoes
Warm Weather Handcrafted Shoes
FEIT Launches Its Elegant Summer Collection for Men and Women
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Monochrome Metallic Platform Sneakers
Monochrome Metallic Platform Sneakers
Vans Unveiled a Pair of Sneakers in a Reflective Rose Gold
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71
Updated Water-Resistant Shoes
Updated Water-Resistant Shoes
Converse Japan Unveiled the Freshly Reworked 'Addict' Collection
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70
Retro Neon Youth Sneakers
Retro Neon Youth Sneakers
Reebok's New Freestyle Hi Tops Feature Bold Exciting Colorways
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69
Luxurious Italian Baby Sneakers
Luxurious Italian Baby Sneakers
Giuseppe Zanotti's Baby Balloon Sneakers are Fun and Comfortable
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68
Highlighter-Hued Baby Sneakers
Highlighter-Hued Baby Sneakers
Nike's Highlighter Air Force Ones are a Bold Summer Shoe Option
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67
Artisanal Muted Leather Sneakers
Artisanal Muted Leather Sneakers
Solebox & adidas Consortium Reworked the Quesence & Pureboodt DBR
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66
Athletic Toddler Slides
Athletic Toddler Slides
Nike's New Jordan Hydro 7 Slides for Kids are Stylish and Comfortable
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65
Updated Coral Slides
Updated Coral Slides
Adidas' Adilette Slides Now Arrive in a Fiery 'Real Coral' Colorway
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64
90-Inspired Chunky Sneakers
90-Inspired Chunky Sneakers
PUMA's Thunder Spectra Shoes are Fashion Forward and Vintage-Inspired
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63
Shoe-Scrubbing Appliances
Shoe-Scrubbing Appliances
This Shoe Washing Machine from Haier Freshens Your Favorite Kicks
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62
Updated Spring-Ready Sneakers
Updated Spring-Ready Sneakers
The adidas Originals' Court Vantage Sneaker Arrives in Pastel Colors
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61
Green-Accented Skate Shoes
Green-Accented Skate Shoes
Vans Pro Skate and Gilbert Crockett Joined to Rework a Crockette Pro 2
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60
Pastel Toddler High-Tops
Pastel Toddler High-Tops
Nike's Vandal High Supreme Sneakers for Kids Have a Fun Colorway
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59
Nostalgic Roller Sneakers
Nostalgic Roller Sneakers
ALYX and HEELYS Unveil a Reworked HEELYS High Top Silhouette
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58
Houndstooth-Printed Luxury Sneakers
Houndstooth-Printed Luxury Sneakers
Vetements Introduces Its Houndstooth Slip On Shoes for SS18
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57
Sequin-Adorned Sneakers
Sequin-Adorned Sneakers
Nike Brought Back the Women's Air Force 1 Upstep with New Details
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56
Old-School Rapper Sneakers
Old-School Rapper Sneakers
Vans and A Tribe Called Quest Created a Limited Range of Shoes for Kids
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55
Minimalist Leather Flats
Minimalist Leather Flats
Everlane's Day Glove Offers Optimal Comfort and Support
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54
Sustainable Toddler Shoes
Sustainable Toddler Shoes
Freshly Picked Created a New Line of Boldly Illustrated Moccasins
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53
Heavy-Duty Spring Trail Shoes
Heavy-Duty Spring Trail Shoes
Eytys' Angel LWBG Shoes Gets a Brand New Tricolor Look for SS18
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52
Luxurious Zip Shoe Silhouettes
Luxurious Zip Shoe Silhouettes
Y-3 Boasts a New Design of a Ridiculously Sleek Sneaker
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51
Ultraviolet Youth Sneakers
Ultraviolet Youth Sneakers
Nike's Red Air Force 1 UV for Toddlers Have Hidden Branding
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50
Equality-Supporting Sneakers
Equality-Supporting Sneakers
Ruba Abu-Nimah Worked with Nike in Recreating the Air Force 1 Lows
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49
Monochromatic Knit Hybrid Shoes
Monochromatic Knit Hybrid Shoes
adidas Unveils the F/22, Blending Casual Sneakers With Runners
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48
Versatile Cross-Training Shoes
Versatile Cross-Training Shoes
These Shoes Feature Removable Soles For Dynamic Training
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47
Eco-Friendly Baby Shoes
Eco-Friendly Baby Shoes
Freshly Picked's New Spring Moccasins are Perfect for the Beach
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46
Childhood-Inspired Sneaker Designs
Childhood-Inspired Sneaker Designs
Air Jordan 32s Pay Tribute to Michael Jordan's Childhood Home
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45
Marble-Inspired 90s Sneakers
Marble-Inspired 90s Sneakers
Axel Arigato's Popular 90s-Themed Sneakers Arrive in Pink and Lilac
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44
Disney Character-Themed Shoes
Disney Character-Themed Shoes
Chiara Ferragni Crafts Collaborative Minnie Mouse Shoes With Disney
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43
Filmic Anniversary Shoes
Filmic Anniversary Shoes
PF Flyer's Sandlot Anniversary Series Celebrates the Movie's 25th Year
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42
Colorful Classic Baby Sneakers
Colorful Classic Baby Sneakers
Nike's Air Max Tiny 90 Line Now Features Eight New Colorways
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41
Breathable Skateboarding Shoes
Breathable Skateboarding Shoes
adidas Introduced Stylish & Performance-Oriented 3ST Silhouettes
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40
Kids Mesh Slip-On Sneakers
Kids Mesh Slip-On Sneakers
Adidas' New Children's Superstar 360 Sneakers are Perfect for Summer
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Laceless Cushioned Sneakers
Laceless Cushioned Sneakers
adidas' UltraBOOST Laceless Receives the Core Black Makeover
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38
Digitally Printed Sneakers
Digitally Printed Sneakers
Vans Unveils Its Second Japan Fabrics Collection Entitled MONALISA©
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Sleek Futuristic Sneaker Silhouettes
Sleek Futuristic Sneaker Silhouettes
The New adidas W Arkyn are Fashionable Sci-Fi Footwear
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Recycled Gum-Created Sneakers
Recycled Gum-Created Sneakers
Explicit Wear Joined Iamsterdam and Gumdrop to Create the 'Gumshoe'
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35
Waterproof Knitted Leisure Shoes
Waterproof Knitted Leisure Shoes
360 Textile Technology's Footwear is Stylish & Performance-Driven
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34
3D-Printed Volleyball Shoes
3D-Printed Volleyball Shoes
Peak Sport Created Shoes for the China Volleyball League All-Star Game
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33
Sustainable Printed Toddler Sneakers
Sustainable Printed Toddler Sneakers
Veja Shoes Created a Bold Collection of Sneakers for Kids
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DIY-Inspired Scribbled Sneakers
DIY-Inspired Scribbled Sneakers
Vetements' Graffiti Shoes are Creative and Very Edgy
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Doodle-Decorated Sneakers
Doodle-Decorated Sneakers
Puma and Shantell Martin Clyde Joined to Create Another New Design
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30
Collaborative Pink-Clad Clothing Lines
Collaborative Pink-Clad Clothing Lines
Lazy Oaf and Vans Have Released a Whimsical Collaboration
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Versatile Hybrid Sandals
Versatile Hybrid Sandals
Falling Pieces' Low Sandal Arch Runner Juice is a Sneaker and a Slide
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Softened Rebellious Footwear Silhouettes
Softened Rebellious Footwear Silhouettes
The Dr. Martens x Engineered Garments Collab is Elegant
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27
Streetwear-Inspired Youth Sandals
Streetwear-Inspired Youth Sandals
The Vans T Street Print Flip Flops Resemble Classic Sneakers
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Rustic Pink Baby Sneakers
Rustic Pink Baby Sneakers
Nike's New Rust Pink Little Posite Sneakers are Comfortable and Stylish
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25
Adventure-Ready Apparel
Adventure-Ready Apparel
adidas' New Atric F/22 PK Prepares For Any Trekking Adventure
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24
All-Women's Sneaker Boutiques
All-Women's Sneaker Boutiques
Nike's 'Unlaced' Exclusively Offers Women's Footwear
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23
Sleek Athletic Toddler Sneakers
Sleek Athletic Toddler Sneakers
Balenciaga's Kid Speed Trainers Have a Sock-Like Construction
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22
Luxe Motocross-Inspired Accessories
Luxe Motocross-Inspired Accessories
Givenchy's MC3 Line Delivers Apparel, Accessories and Shoes
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21
Luxurious High-End Baby Shoes
Luxurious High-End Baby Shoes
Gucci's New Stylish Leather Sneakers are Made Just for Babies
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20
Hometown Celebration Sneakers
Hometown Celebration Sneakers
Hanon and Diadora Joined Forces to Celebrate Hanon's Roots
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Celebratory Minimalist Sneakers
Celebratory Minimalist Sneakers
10 Como Corso and Converse Celebrate Its 10-Year Anniversary
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Hawaiian Cartoon Youth Shoes
Hawaiian Cartoon Youth Shoes
Disney's Lilo and Stitch Slip-On Sneakers are Perfect for the Summer
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Candy-Inspired Slide Shoes
Candy-Inspired Slide Shoes
These Shoes Have Been Styled After Popular Candy Bar Wrappers
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Federal Space Agency Sneakers
Federal Space Agency Sneakers
NASA and Vans Joined to Create a Range of Exclusive Sneakers
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15
Retro Stacked Sneaker Models
Retro Stacked Sneaker Models
Nike's Vandal Silhouette is Informed by Retro Vibes & Futuristism
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14
Upcycled Ocean Plastic Sneakers
Upcycled Ocean Plastic Sneakers
adidas Introduces the New Ultraboost Parley LTD Sneakers
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13
Durable Lightweight Hiking Boots
Durable Lightweight Hiking Boots
Danner's Mountain 600 Enduroweave Boots are Waterproof Yet Airy
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12
High-Fashion Athletic Sneakers
High-Fashion Athletic Sneakers
The Louis Vuitton V.N.R. Style Costs an Extravagant $1,170
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11
Luxurious Grippy Tech Sneakers
Luxurious Grippy Tech Sneakers
The American's Cup Sneaker by Prada Comes in Three Colorways
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10
Futuristic Children's Shoe Designs
Futuristic Children's Shoe Designs
Akid's Line Features the Atticus Boot and Other Unique Options
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9
Breathable Knit Sneakers
Breathable Knit Sneakers
adidas Drops the Ultra Boost Clima Shoes Early for Coachella Travelers
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8
Tonal Springtime Sneakers
Tonal Springtime Sneakers
Nike's Epic React Flyknits are Returning for Spring in New Colorways
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7
Mushroom Leather Sneakers
Mushroom Leather Sneakers
nat-2's 'Fungi Line' Introduces Luxe Vegan Shoes Made from Real Fungus
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6
Eco-Friendly Yoga Lines
Eco-Friendly Yoga Lines
Adidas' Eco-Friendly Yoga Line is Made from Recycled Ocean Waste
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Translucent Designer Sneakers
Translucent Designer Sneakers
Virgil Abloh Collaborates with Converse on a Clean Silhouette
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4
80s-Inspired High Fashion Menswear
80s-Inspired High Fashion Menswear
Balenciaga's Spring/Summer 2018 Boasts Men's Chunky Sneakers
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3
Celebratory Luxury Sneakers
Celebratory Luxury Sneakers
Ceeze & Relevant Customs' Nike Air Jordan 1 Celebrate Abloh
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2
Budget-Friendly Chunky Sneakers
Budget-Friendly Chunky Sneakers
N°21 Releases Tonal & Summer-Friendly Chunky Shoes
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Millennial Pink Chunky Sneakers
Millennial Pink Chunky Sneakers
Ash's 'Addict' Sneaker is a Budget Alternative to Designer Styles
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