When Balenciaga dropped the $1100 Triple S Sneaker in 2017 – all ugly round toe, branded insole and stacked platform – there were the antithesis of the low-key Stan Smiths to which we were accustomed.

Fashion addicts swooped and now houses such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Stella McCartney, Maison Margiela, Versace, Comme des Garçons, No.21 and Rick Owens are turbo-charging the trend via detailing, colour and bling, bling, bling.

Gucci’s bedazzled version, for example, comes with crystals and a logo strap. Who’d have thought clodhopper kicks would dominate fashion week FROWs? All hail the new symbol of Gen-Z cool footwear.

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Gucci, Flashtrek embellished sneakers, $1865 via My Theresa. SHOP NOWStella McCartney, Eclypse logo-woven metallic faux leather, $800 via Net-A-Porter. SHOP NOW

Dolls Kill, Twinkle toes sequin sneakers, $47. SHOP NOW

PUMA, Evolution Muse Maia street 1, $110. SHOP NOW

ACNE studios, technical sneakers pink/burgundy, $700. SHOP NOW

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