High-end sneakers may be as ubiquitous as selvedge denim these days, but more variety means it’s even harder for the cream to rise to the top. Designers like Rick Owens, Raf Simons, and Yohji Yamamoto have long embraced the sportier side of footwear, while other labels have only recently joined the party. Meanwhile, brands like Common Projects have been making the case for luxury sneakers for a decade, and have earned a special sort of street cred. Before you pull the trigger on yet another pair, here’s a primer on some of the hottest purveyors of high-end kicks. Read more at Esquire.