For the first time, the presence of a well-designed sneaker on the footwear roster is vital and necessary for every apparel brand, even the luxury ones. Because of that philosophical shift, the selection of luxury sneakers worth dropping serious coin on is better than ever.

Gucci first debuted its tennis shoe in 1984, marking the first time a luxury brand released a traditional sneaker. It was made in Italy and featured the signature green and red Gucci stripes–a true piece of luxury compared to some of the tennis sneakers of that time. It served as an important moment in the evolution of sneakers, but their place in high fashion was still sporadic at best when Prada introduced its PS0906 model on the runway in 1996. Prioritizing fashion over athletic performance, its introduction marked another important step towards where we sit today, 23 years later, where the lines between streetwear and high fashion blur like never before, most notably when it comes to our sneakers. Now, you’re expected to see a pair of sneakers on the runway at every show.

We all love our classic Jordan, Nike and adidas models–as do a lot of these luxury brands–but every once in a while it’s time to level up your sneaker game and invest in some premium footwear. The options below range from classic athletic to trendy chic, and pull inspiration from some of our favorite silhouettes. From hightops to lows, minimalistic looks to bold color palettes and textures, chunky designs to sleek aesthetics, there’s a little something for everyone.

We are living in the golden age of sneakers. They can be found everywhere, from the corner to the boardroom. So for when you feel the need to level up your sneaker game, these are the Best Luxury Sneakers to Buy in 2019.

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