Bold sneakers not meant to sneak

We love the sexy, sweeping curves in this

We love the sexy, sweeping curves in this Guess Huxley wedge sneaker, $120, in Guess stores and guess.com. (Credit: Handout)

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Do not -- we repeat, DO NOT -- go to the gym. Don't pick up a racket or bounce a ball. And above all, do not run (unless you're late for the LIRR).

Not if you're wearing these sneakers. These were not designed for any kind of aerobic activity.

The souped-up, blinged-out designer high-top is all the rage these days, a sporty trend in casual footwear that has been building for a while. Two years ago, we reported on "hybrid boots" -- work boots, hiking boots and chukkas that designers made hip by adding wedge heels and glitzy trim. It was only a matter of time before they got down with high-tops.

When it comes to sneakers, "the high-top is as bold as it gets," says Jason Faustino, co-owner of Extra Butter in Rockville Centre.

He ought to know. His slick shop -- named for the (now) old school term to describe kicks that were extra smooth . . . fresh . . . cool -- is pretty much a Long Island mecca for sneakerheads looking for new releases and limited editions from the likes of Nike, adidas and Puma.

Authentic high-tops actually worn in sports tend to be more of a guy thing, he notes, but now women "have adopted these styles and make it work with slimmed-down versions that wear well with skinny jeans and leggings."

So check out what passes for sneakers these days, sporting beaver fur (Alejandro Ingelmo), studs (Michael Kors), velvet (Doc Martens) and more. They may get your heart racing. And isn't that enough of a workout?

 

Converse started high-tops trend

The first high-tops, released in 1947 by Converse, came in black and white canvas, or black leather, and were the shoe of choice on the basketball court till brands like Nike and adidas started offering more technologically advanced styles in the 1970s. The brand might have died out were it not for rockers like Sid Vicious and The Ramones, who adopted the humble high-top. Today's versions (like this Converse Jack Purcell Johnny High-Top, $110 at saks.com) have morphed from jock to rock -- once hot on the court, they're now cool all over town.

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