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These $4,400 Sneakers Are the New Stilettos

The twin forces of the pandemic and athleisure see department stores rethink their shoe sections and heel heights falling among the fashionable.

Clockwise from top left: Christian Laboutin Vieirissima 2 Orlato flats ($895), Jimmy Choo Diamond low-top trainers ($3,995), Hermès Avantage sneaker ($810), Balenciaga Triple S sneakers ($975).

Clockwise from top left: Christian Laboutin Vieirissima 2 Orlato flats ($895), Jimmy Choo Diamond low-top trainers ($3,995), Hermès Avantage sneaker ($810), Balenciaga Triple S sneakers ($975).

Source: Vendors

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On a chilly, gray afternoon, what strikes shoppers in the Jimmy Choo’s store on rue Saint-Honoré in Paris aren’t the Avril stiletto shoes with Swarovski crystals that sell for €3,495 ($4,250) but rather the pair of crystal-encrusted Diamond black sneakers that are €100 more expensive.