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Sneaky Blinders: 5 Of The Best Sneakers

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Sneakers, kicks, trainers, pumps: whatever you call them, they're everyone's favourite leisure footwear. There are so many shapes, sizes, colours and materials to choose from that you can express any facet of your personality with a cool pair of sneakers. To help you stand out from the crowd we have collected the most eye-catching designs in our top five sneaker blinders.

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Adidas Y-3 Red Sprint trainers... you can take them anywhere
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5. All-round brilliance

For universal performance you cannot beat the "utility" sneaker: a comfortable all-rounder that you can wear around town, on a night out, or to get active. Sober styles like the Lacoste Protect look great in simple black or white, but why not up the ante with bold block colours. Kick into high gear with dazzling yellow or pulsating red. Sporting icons often opt for outlandish footwear to match their skill levels – just look at footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi – so why not add a splash of colour.
 
These bold Y-3 Red Sprint trainers from Adidas are based on the firm's track and field athletics classic and are a collaboration with Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto. Beat the average in a sneaker designed with crafsmanship, sport functionality and fashionable flexibility in mind. Warning: will get you noticed.
 
eBay likes: A true crafted all-rounder that draws attention.
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The Himalayan by Camper... walk out in style
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4. Funky hi-top

High top trainers are the shoe of choice for basketball players the world over. Thanks to the popularity of the original Converse All-Stars and several generations of Nike trainers, the high top has now transformed from ball court essential into everyday leisurewear. Plain canvas to patent leather, the high top has gone from simple ankle length sneaker to fashion icon in a short space of time.
 
Spanish maker Camper started out making footwear for leisure and country pastimes, but for this stand out high top (the Himalayan) the company partnered with world renowned fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm – former assistant to British designers Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. Colourful contrast panels, velcro and lace fastening and an innovative serrated hollow rubber sole mark it out as a shoe to grab attention.
 
eBay likes: Funky country-wear for colourful hill climbing
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Reebok ATV19 Plus... a sneaker to walk tall in
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3. Running hot

Running shoes and all-terrain footwear have to be comfortable, hard wearing and lightweight to make their mark. A little on the heavy side, prone to peeling rubber or stitching that comes apart, and they get a bad reputation: an active sneaker to avoid. Expect a little extra bounce in your step from good running shoes, often with specially designed cushioned soles and heels. Re-enact the famous beach running scene from Chariots of Fire or simply bask in the reflected glory of a stand-out pair of sporting sneakers.
 
Hit the ground running with a true British original from Reebok. The ATV19 Plus is one funky pair. Bolton's original sports shoe manufacturer has come up with an innovative sole design that looks like it came from another world. Call it the monster truck of all terrain shoes, it will put some serious bounce in your step and traction to help you rip through dirt, sand or gravel at high speed. Add intense colour to the mix and you have a true sneaker statement.
 
eBay likes: All terrain footwear with serious traction.
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Classic Converse with classic comic appeal... for ultimate geek chic
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2. Geek chic feet

If your inner athlete is on holiday or you simply want a pair of sneakers that says less about your ability to run, jump and kick and more about your sense of style, then look no further. Comic book and film franchises have become popular as a source of inspiration for your favourite trainer makers. Look no further than the pairing of Adidas with science fiction's blockbuster Star Wars series – you can get a pair of Droids (C3PO and R2D2), Skywalkers, Vaders or even Stormtroopers to fit your feet.
 
For the ultimate in geek cool though, we reckon the marriage of Converse sneakers with DC Comics characters is where it's at. High tops painted with original DC designs include Superman, Green Lantern, Flash, Batman and many other, more obscure characters. Beautifully coloured, comfortable and durable. Collect them or select your favourite crime fighter.
 
eBay likes: Comic hero geek cool in a high top sneaker.
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Fashion spikes... Christian Louboutin Louis comes out on top
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1. Stud model

Catwalks and the houses of haute couture are not the first place you would expect to find a pair of sneakers, but nowhere does outrageous better than the world of high fashion. Flashy mirrored exteriors and trainers with eccentric cut-outs or colour schemes influenced by Mondrian and Warhol are standard footwear elements for the fashion sneaker. Names like Givenchy or Maison Martin Margiela have a great range.
 
Check out the spikes. Spiky trainers have been on the cool list for good reason. High street sports shops or cool shoe outlets usually have at least one pair available. For real high-end fashion spikes look no further than these Christian Louboutin Louis spiked trainers. High tops with attitude and the colour scheme from a Salvador Dali masterpiece.
 
eBay likes: A spiky Christian Louboutin design with rainbow colour luxury.
 
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