These ugly sneakers are the height of women’s fashion

PARIS—Shall we just stop pretending? Sneakers are the only shoes that seem to rattle designers out of their torpor. They are the only shoes that have shoppers standing in line overnight like they’re on the dole and the last bit of government cheese will be gone by lunchtime. Sneakers are ground zero for collaborations. They are the sun around which streetwear — and pretty much everything else — revolves. When people talk about designer shoes, rarely are they discussing some particularly captivating mule, pump, loafer or bootie. They’re talking about…

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