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Top 5 Most Expensive Athletic Shoes in the World

Wednesday, September 28th 2011. | Sport

People like sneakers for obvious reasons. They are comfortable. They work with jeans. And they make you look athletic, even if you aren’t. But one reason that originally made sneakers popular was that they were cheap. Not any more. That’s because it’s been discovered that the right sneaker can make you look something else: rich.

 

5. Prada – Approximately $325

Prada

Prada

Known around the world for their status-symbol black nylon handbags, Prada’s apparel is utilitarian, androgynous and modern. Their sport shoes for men and women are as functional and sleek as their clothes. This bright, cheery pair does more than keep you pounding the pavement, however. A day-glo orange and purple color scheme also keeps you visible to oncoming motorists, while the vertical red “Prada” label below the laces will satisfy your inner exercise snob.

 

4. Gucci – $375

Gucci

Gucci

It’s like a pair of Keds were visited by their fairy godmother the night before the big ball. Gucci’s dark blue laceup sneakers are made out of Guccissima leather with a signature web-and-rubber sole. They formula is familiar enough not to look flashy–at first glance. Get a little closer though, and Gucci’s trademark double G logo will jump out at you. And of course, that’s the point. Best of all, these shoes stay Gucci after the clock strikes midnight.

 

3. Bottega Veneta – $500

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

With sporty orange detailing, a green body and a taupe toe, these Bottega Veneta Toro Milano sneakers work with jeans or khakis just as well as with workout sweats. Diagonal orange stitching and iridescent fabric add a playful touch that says, “I may work out, but I don’t sweat.”

 

2. Bottega Veneta – $590

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

This Italian fashion house, helmed by Tomas Maier, has long been known for its extensive and extravagant handbag and luggage collections made of woven leather. Luckily for sporting enthusiasts, their sneakers are made with the same high standards and attention to detail. The taupe Pony Cricket sneakers, pictured above, are perhaps the most stylish way to get around town under your own power. Just avoid those mud puddles.

 

1. Nike – $1,000 to $1,500

Nike

Nike

Rumor has it that there are fewer than 40 pairs of these Nike limited edition Air Force Ones, called Also Known As and produced in conjunction with a book celebrating the art of graffiti. The sneakers that were produced were only given to people involved with the release of the book, but Nom de Guerre, a trendy Manhattan men’s boutique with additional locations in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Toronto and Tokyo, has a pair on display. The shoes aren’t currently for sale but are expected to fetch between $1,000 and $1,500 when Nom de Guerre decides to release them.



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