27 Of The Most Insane Kicks Spotted On The Streets Of NYC

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It might be strange to consider that one of the only things that can transcend the boundaries of gender, age, and race is a pair of shoes. But there is something about the sneaker that has allowed it to infiltrate the wardrobes of billions of people across the globe, solidifying its status as an icon across different forms of culture, like music, sports, and fashion.

The Brooklyn Museum's latest exhibit, The Rise of Sneaker Culture, celebrates the lengthy history of cool kicks, with nearly 150 pairs of sneakers across a variety of styles and time periods on display: There are old-school rubber-soled tennis shoes, worn when the court was made of grass. There are Adidas signed by Rev Run, who said in the exhibit, "Truth be told...the sneaker game was and STILL is deep." There are even New York Fashion Week street-style faves, like Raf Simons- and Louis Vuitton-designed sneaks.

In other words, the exhibit is not just a sneaker-head paradise but a destination for cultural connoisseurs of all kinds, from those who would envy the multiple walls of Air Jordans to those who waited in line all night to score a pair of Yeezys to proponents of wearable art like the Nike collaboration with modernist Tom Sachs. Should you fall into any of the above categories (or are simply looking to, well, get your kicks), we pulled together 27 seriously awesome pairs of sneakers we've spotted on the streets of New York City. Consider these to be definitely museum-worthy.
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If it isn't neon, it shouldn't be on.
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Oh, so iridescent.
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It's easy being green when you look this good.
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Simple white high-tops can make any look work.
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Because running sneakers aren't just for exercise.
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For girls who shy away from color, these semi-black Nike wedges are a win.
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When athleisure meets the ultimate in femininity.
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Channel your inner Cinderella Story.
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Bold orange and polka dots make for the perfect combo.
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See, black and brown do go together.
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Orange, tweed, and Chanel. Consider these the trainer trifecta.
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Sometimes, sneakers look best when styled in the most unexpected way.
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Who other than Jenna Lyons would opt for a normcore look in a not-so-normcore way?
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"Don't you step on my blue suede shoes."
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Mixing patterns is a guaranteed slam dunk.
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Chanel sneakers will always reign supreme.
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The Stan Smith: the ultimate comeback kid kick.
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How to trek around New York City in style — and comfort.
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We're all about the juxtaposition of these grey Adidas sneaks with this shiny Oscar de la Renta skirt.
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Introducing classic Americana.
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When Susie Bubble does sneakers, we pay attention.
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Proof that clean white kicks can dress up any outfit.
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How Marc Jacobs does moon boots.
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Technicolor sneakers look best with an equally bright pair of pants.
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50 shades of blue.
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Livin' la vie Parisienne.
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Sometimes, your kicks are just one of the many accessories doing the talking.
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