Sneaker Main Gucci Nike OFF-WHITE c/o Virgil Abloh

It’s official, sneakers have overtaken handbags as the go-to status symbol.

Just a few years ago, women (and some men) shelled out thousands on luxury handbags. From Chanel to Alexander Wang, It bags were on the arms of every young actor and fashion icon. Now? They’re all wearing rare sneakers.

Sneakers have also replaced handbags as one of the most recognizable items a brand can release — we all know Balenciaga’s Speed Trainers and Gucci’s Ace sneakers, but only the hardcore fans can list the brand’s other accessories.

If you’re still not convinced, we’ve rounded up ten silhouettes that prove hype sneakers are officially the new status symbols. Browse them below.

Air Jordan 1


Buy at GOAT

Wave Runner 700


Buy at Flight Club

Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra


from $400
Where to shop

Instapump Fury

Reebok x Vetements

Buy at Stadium Goods

Black High 3.0 Sneakers


Buy at off---white

Sock Sneakers

Vetements x Reebok

Buy at ssense

Air Max 1/97 VF SW

Nike x Sean Wotherspoon

Buy at Stadium Goods



Buy at ssense

Instapump Fury

Vetements x Reebok

Buy at ssense

HyperAdapt 1.0 Habanero


Buy at stockx

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