Sneakers in recent years have made their way from being functional sporty footwear to being the style darlings on the streets. In recent months, we’re also starting to see more style icons completing their fashionable ensemble with a pair of sneakers, sparking a huge market for luxury fashion houses such as your Gucci and Pucci to reinvent what once used to be known as an athletic gear into a highly coveted fashion statement.

Brands like Ermenegildo Zegna also offer the option to customise or design your very own pair of sneakers.

Here, we’ve shortlisted five pairs of luxury sneakers below $1,000 from a few of our favourite online shopping sites. Owning a pair of posh sneakers is just only a few clicks away.

(Main and featured images: Stella McCartney)

1
Eclypse sneakers by Stella McCartney

The Eclypse sneakers are the perfect mix of sports and art. Its top velcro-ed half says vintage but its rubber midsoles mimicking granite stones and cement lend an industrial touch. The twin velcro strap also makes getting in and out of it a breeze. Score a home run with this one; it adds a classy touch to any athleisure outfit.

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Intrecciato leather sneakers by Bottega Veneta

Fans of Bottega Veneta’s signature intrecciato leather weaves can look no further than this pair of kicks. It sits at the back of the shoe’s counter — an affirmation of the brand’s craftsmanship. The shoe’s graphic appearance created by the leather binding and light pretty teal tone would instantly spruce up any minimalistic ensemble, perfect if you’re looking to invest in something timeless yet stylish.

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3
Miami sneakers by Emilio Pucci

How can one resist the delicious candy hues from this Pucci? This luxury Italian fashion house has an indisputable love for colours and it has created a pair using lamb skin and cotton. The pleated cotton flounce that sits along the shoe’s collar would compliment the wearer’s quirkiness, a perfect complement if you’re putting together colour-blocking coordinates.

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4
Ace watersnake-trimmed embroidered leather sneakers by Gucci

This pair needs no introduction. The Gucci ace sneakers has been flying off the shelves since its launch as part of the pre-fall 2016 collection. Despite its various style iterations through the years, this signature gold embroidered bumble bee motif pair has our pick.

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5
Sonnie sneakers by Chloé

This pair is yet another joyful assemblage. Unlike the rest of the sneakers we’ve featured, the Chloé Sonnie sneakers come with sporty crossover straps and its happy hues give it a chirpy edge. The Sonnie will make a great statement piece with smart casual combination.

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Josiah Chua
Fashion Director
Josiah is the Fashion Director in charge of styling shoots and writing the fashion pages. On his days off, he locks himself at home designing and sewing up a collection in preparation for his label's runway debut.