Nike, Adidas, And More Inject Sports Technology Into New Sneaker Wedges

Nike x Liberty’s New Sky High Dunk Trainers.
Photo: Courtesy of Nike

We’ve already officially named the sneaker wedge the IT shoe of the season, and clearly we’re not the only ones obsessed. Hot on the heels (heh) of high fashion favorites like Isabel Marant, Marc Jacobs, and Y-3, some major athletic brands are getting in on the trend as well. Enter Nike’s third Liberty of London collab, which just hit the internet. The collection is replete with the signature ditsy florals and Swoosh that we’re used to seeing, but these kicks ALSO come with an extra couple of inches of height. The company has revamped the classic Nike Dunk style into a heeled shoe that’s sleeker and sportier than the Marant or Marc versions, but just as stylish. Plus, an added bonus: the so-called “remixed” edition keeps many of the sporty Nike Dunk qualities, like the comfy lightweight sole and easy fit. These Dunk Sky Highs might not work on the basketball court, but you can bet they’ll get you from point A to point B in record time. Can your Louboutins do that?!

adidas Originals Top Ten Hi Sleek Heel Shoes.
Photo: Courtesy of adidas

It’s no sercret adidas has also been in on the high heel sneaker game for a couple seasons now, thanks to Jeremy Scott’s splurge-worthy take on the original black and white 3-stripe awhile back. But with the latest crop of adidas Originals shoes, you don’t even have to break the bank to get a pair of your own. They’ve got tons of brand-new options to choose from, but our fave is undoubtedly the high-wattage $90 Top Ten Hi Heel sneaks. We first spotted the gold hi-tops this weekend at Lollapalooza and, like an ear-wormy pop song, have not been able to get them out of our heads ever since. With a slick metallic leather exterior, jersey lining, and rubber sole, they’re a festival-friendly take on the original ’70s-inspired Top Ten hi tops…. just with an added 1.5 inches.

They’re so cool, it’s only a matter of time before Rita, Beyonce, and Rihanna snag them for themselves. So go ahead and buy the Nike x Liberty Dunks and the adidas Top Ten Hi’s now before they’re going, going, gone!

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