It’s the phenomenon that’s taken over the world, and become what some would call a cult following.

Designed to provide comfort and support for human feet, shoes have been around for centuries. Initially made from rubber, called “plimsolls,” sneakers have been around since the 18th century. They were specifically designed for athletes as a way for their feet to have some sort traction and avoid slipping as they competed.

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The first official pair of sneakers were designed by Marquis Converse, respectfully called “Converse All-Stars,” for basketball players. These sneakers were an instant hit. The company is still going strong as they are one of the most-recognized and visible sneaker brands today.

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Soon after their release, companies began creating their own versions of athletic sneakers. And thanks to a James Dean, the trend became adapted by people all over the world. Designers everywhere have adapted this street wear essential and turned it into one of the hottest trends this season. Think form and functionality with a stylish, modern touch. Easily be paired with jeans and a tee for a casual look, or dressed with a suit to create your own fashion flair. Here are a few impressive sneakers from today’s quintessential designers:

Sneaker Trend

Maison Margiela Leather Sneakers
Leather zip up sneakers

Valentino Camo Rockrunner
Camo Butterfly runner sneaker

Balenciaga Chameleon Sneakers
High top multi fabric sneakers

Prada Polarius Sneakers
High top geometric sneakers

Rick Owens Sneakers
Springblade black and white sneakers

Common Projects Trainers
Comfortable mesh sneakers

Alexander McQueen Sneakers
Low top abstract sneaker

Supplemental Images via Jimmy Choo, Maison Margiela, Valentino, Balenciaga, Prada, Rick Owens, Common Projects, Alexander McQueen