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    There’s  more to sneakers than just sports and shoe designers world over concur. Ditch the uncomfortable stiletto and pencil heels for comfortable party trainers this year. From the sleek and metallic to the quirky, we tell you what to pick.

    Crimson code
    With a concealed 50mm wedge heel and a bouncy leather sole, these suede Bobby sneakers from Isabel Marant work well for a party, doubling up as a great travel accessory. The velvety burgundy suede fabric with tonal laces makes this a perfect accompaniment to a pair of skinny jeans. Rs 43,700 approximately.
    Details: net-a-porter.com.

    Patch play
    These Mercer sneakers from Marc Jacobs, made of durable canvas and elastic side panels, are easy to slip on and off. Embellished with quirky embroidered patches, faux pearls and a mix of studs, this pair exudes retro. Rs 33,900 approximately at DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Details: 9999997070.

    Shades of grey
    This Italian-made pair uses metallic mesh with skinny black lace detail. Set on a soft rubber sole, these sneakers feature black and silver crystals. Team it with a full black ensemble to let the shoes do the talking. Rs 47,250 approximately on nordstrom.com.

    Finding inspiration
    This monochromatic pair by Rihanna for her line Fenty with Puma applies the sneaker trend to ankle boots. The piece is complete with a piercing-inspired
    zipper at the side, slender heels and a pointed toe, with a logo-embossed tongue to add. Available for Rs 44,750 on order at the Puma Store, Alwarpet. Details: 45534297.

    Dapper deal
    These two-strap sneakers from Giuseppe Zanotti with its glossy patent leather and midnight blue velvet panels are a must-have this season. With gold-toned panels and zipping, this one is built for the party circuit. Rs 59,5600 approximately. Details: giuseppezanottidesign.com.

    Dance all night
    These leather trainers from Burberry are a fitting homage to the trench coat. These comfy Italian-made pair, with a calf and sheep leather lining is complete with metal stud accents. A party wardrobe essential, they promise to keep you on the dance floor till the wee hours. Rs 38,000 approximately at their store at Select Citywalk Mall, New Delhi. Details: 011 41437610.

    Berry love
    Puma and Alexander McQueen have come together for these chic Leap Purple Potion Nubuck leather pair. With a cut-out wedge heel and
    comfortable leather lining, this round-toed pair makes for a quirky party choice. Best paired with a pair of black hot pants. Rs 29,350 approximately. Details: polyvore.com.

    Back to nature
    These leather low-top sneakers from Gucci come with an embroidered floral applique with red and green snakeskin detail on either side. Flat heels and
    rubber soles ensure maximum comfort, with a blue embroidered lace design at the back making for a quirk addition. Rs 47,250 approximately at DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Details: 01146471111.

    Uptown funk
    This pair with bright red suede with black leather is from Christian Louboutin and screams festivity. With leopard-print patent leather and gold-tone spikes on the toe, this one is for the flamboyant. Of course, it comes with the French designer’s signature red sole. Rs 55,500 approximately at DLF Emporio,
    New Delhi. Details: 01141017111.

    Staying sombre
    With gothic floral canvas uppers, these hi-top shoes come with a lace-up fasten and contrast eyelets. The rounded toe and padded ankle collar make for
    comfortable features. The pair is complete with signature Vans waffle thread, their iconic side stripe in white and a Vans ‘Off the Wall’ license plate to the heel. Rs 3,500 approximately. Details: coggles.com.

    Lavanya Lakshminarayanan

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