Foot Fashion: Almost Too Cool For Feet

Move over, Michael Jordan. The world of fashion design--not sports--is the primary inspiration for the performance-oriented sneaker. First Paul Smith and Jil Sander teamed up with Puma. Then Reebok Classics kicked off a limited-edition trend, signing up Japanese artists such as Imai Toons and Risa Fukui to splash its footwear with Japanimation-inspired graphics. Hot on their heels is Y-3, Yohji Yamamoto's collaboration with Adidas. Fashionistas are scrambling to score their futuristic-looking unisex footwear for fall, including the ski-boot-like creation shown here. These are surely not for the foul line. --By Kate Betts

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