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All The Designer Sneakers That Kick A** This Season

From out-there metallics at Balenciaga to classic white kicks at Saint Laurent, these are the designer sneakers that are on our radar.
Balenciaga's Track.2 sneakers, $1,225
A jazzed up version of the Balenciaga Track, the Track.2 serves up the retro-meets-technical charm of its predecessor. This updated version features more breathability via a panelled, open-cut base and is topped off with a lightweight sole and slightly narrower design. We’ve got our eyes on this futuristic metallic purple colourway.       Celine's Triomphe sneakers, $870
This lowkey pair from Celine is as simple as it is elegant. Reminiscent of vintage tennis shoes, the pastel pink leather pieces on the side of the shoe uppers are an abstract take on the house’s iconic Triomphe logo. If you’re looking for a laidback, luxe sneaker this is your best bet. Burberry's Arthur sneakers, $1,220
We’re well-versed with chunky kicks, but Burberry’s Arthur sneaker errs on the side of a terrain-friendly boot. With a sturdy yet fashionable mix of nylon, suede, and rubber, this waterproof high-cut and its chunky built will take you from torrential rain to everyday fashion statement in a hot sec.   Saint Laurent's Malibu mid-top sneakers, $900
Who said classic white sneakers are boring? This mid-top canvas leather pair from Saint Laurent with an embossed marker-scrawled logo is the epitome of nonchalant-cool. Style with a pair of cuffed jeans and a white Tee for the ultimate off-duty look a la songstress – and queen of nonchalance – Miley Cyrus. Chloe's Lauren sneakers, $716
Due to its unmistakable scalloped edges, Chloe’s Lauren sneaker has fast become synonymous with the French luxury house. While previous colourways have seen earthy peach and tan-brown iterations, the Lauren’s Spring makeover offers up playful hues in the form of its chunky rubber sole – from smoked coral to stormy blue. If your M.O. is pretty over hype, this shoe’s for you.       Coach's City Sole sneakers
Launched as part of American luxury house Coach’s Spring/Summer 2020 campaign, the City Sole – as its name suggests – is for the on-the-go girl-about-town. Referencing the technologies of basketball and running shoes, the City Sole features a sturdy heel, grooves for superior traction and sturdy waterproof seam taping (which means it’s weather and city proof). Topped off with a monogrammed upper, we’d say this sneaker is as New York as it gets. Adidas' Terrex Free Hiker x Kasina sneakers, $350
German sneaker giant Adidas has amassed an extensive collab-list over the past few decades. And while some of the brand’s models have seen frequent spin-offs, its Terrex model – a sock-like hiking shoe – has only been reimagined by a select few. The latest to put their creative spin on the sneaker is much-hyped Korean streetwear label Kasina. The result? A fresh, woven, icy-white sneaker that serves up flexibility, breathability and a whole lot of street-cred. Louis Vuitton's Archlight sneakers, $1,810
There are very few sneakers that need no introduction and Louis Vuitton’s Archlight has quickly become one of them. The sneaker’s Cruise 2020 iteration sees a sleek, metallic makeover that’s giving us major space-age vibes. If neon hues aren’t your thing, then this all-silver shoe is bound to make as much of a statement.     MCM's Himmel sneakers, $870
Sneakers so chunky they’re almost…cute? MCM’s Himmel sneaker is giving us ’90s flashbacks with its bubblegum fit and cloud-like soles. Complete with a white and grey colourway, this leather and suede shoe is just the right amount of throwback (without being overwhelming) for everyday.   Onitsuka Tiger's Delegation Chunk sneakers, $229
The name says it all. Japanese sneaker powerhouse Onitsuka Tiger takes its iconic silhouette up a notch with the Delegation Chunk – a thick-soled version of the brand’s Mexico Delegation shoe. Inspired by the platform-dominated ’90s, the chunky sole serves up shock absorption technology, bolstered cushioning for added comfort and of course, an ample height boost. Puma's Rider sneakers, $149
This ’80s-inspired sneaker gets a revamp for 2020. Combining suede overlays and vibrant colour-blocked panels, the Rider references Puma’s classic round-toed silhouette as well as elements such as its grooved outersole for a dynamic, textured appearance. One big upgrade? A steadying heel – one that Puma brands “a TPU stabiliser” – which makes this shoe perfect for a retro-bash or running errands. Roger Vivier's Viv Skate sneakers
Perhaps the most easily recognisable of all of Roger Vivier’s sneakers offerings, the Viv Skate lacquered buckle sneaker is a refreshing shoe option to consider. The shoes come in a white leather base with pastel panels – pink, yellow and blue to be exact – and have a fuss-free rounded, finish. More fashion that function, the house’s iconic buckle just adds to their cute-factor.       Rombaut's chunky sneakers, $506, www.farfetch.com
This neon-green, sturdy number from Belgian label Rombaut fits right in when it comes to hype footwear. This entirely-vegan sneaker features a woven fabric exterior and is a coupled with a grooved, rubber sole. Complete with contrasting black laces, this is a bold fashion sneaker that will earn you brownie points with the style set. Anyone getting a major The Mask flashback?   Tod's panelled low-top sneakers
Tod’s low-top sneakers get a minor yet sleek update this season. Some things to look forward to: a narrower, sleeker fit, a slightly translucent polyester outer, topped off with dynamic colourway options for its “T” logo. Our favourite is this purple-accented version.   Dolce & Gabbana's NS1 sneakers
If you don’t already have neon kicks sitting on your shoe rack, Dolce & Gabbana’s NS1 sneaker is an introductory option to consider. Inspired by the vibrant energy of the ’70s, the shoes come in a range of colours – from a gentle, pastel pink to an electric red. Aside from its eye-catching design, its flexible Crosta leather, mesh and fabric construction makes for a comfortable and versatile fit.   Valentino Garavani's Climber sneakers. All prices unavailable unless stated
A maximalist’s dream, this neon pink leather and fabric pair isn’t for the faint-hearted. Inspired by hiking footwear, the Climber sneakers sport a hardy rubber sole and insoles that would probably serve you well on rocky terrain. Technical prowess aside, we think it’s undeniable that the Climber’s fashion-forward charm – smooth leather, matching laces and a sleek metal-plated logo – trump just about everything else about it. Consider us sold.