There’s a famous mini storage ad campaign in New York City that says “New York: tolerant of your beliefs, judgmental of your shoes”. It couldn’t be more true. No matter how polished your look, your shoes can make or break the whole thing. You have to bring it from head to toe. This can prove particularly tricky with weekend or casual looks. Luckily, top names in shoe design like Pierre Hardy, Jimmy Choo and more have created the ultimate in luxury high top sneakers: rich, exotic materials with modern street edge. The perfect balance between uptown and downtown cool, no matter where you live…

JIMMY CHOOFor the real sneaker aficionado, a pair of Jimmy Choo anaconda snakeskin high tops is real charmers. Nobody can deny these are the ultimate sleek choice for the concrete jungle.

viral fashion 2013 alexander mcqueen mens style shopping trend shoes accessories alexander mcqueen saint laurent pierre hardy jimmy choo balenciagaBefore Nicolas Ghesquière left Balenciaga, he gave one of his most critically applauded shows of his career. Modern, edgy and timeless, this canvas, suede and rubber high top is just one example of a master at his best.

SAINT LAURENTLeave it to Hedi Slimane, the new visionary mind behind the revamped Saint Laurent, to make a simple black high top read like your favorite combat boots. This is rock and roll minimalism.

PIERRE HARDY Mixing elements of the hipster chukka staple and dressier monk strap closure, Pierre Hardy brings a certain je ne sais quoi to the game. Added bonuses: the colorblocked suede pops and the slide through buckle locks.

viral fashion 2013 alexander mcqueen mens style shopping trend shoes accessories alexander mcqueen saint laurent pierre hardy jimmy choo balenciagaThese Alexander McQueen high tops feature a soft leather upper with a metal rivet underlayer at the toe and spine. The look is industrial, urban and head turning.

 – Mac Smith