I've been wearing a pair of Emma Hope's luxurious signature sneakers since last year, loving what I saw as a neat twist on the Smith aesthetic. Only after a bit of digging did I discover that she previously designed for Paul Smith anyway. With an elongated, yet low-profile shape, the shoes are taken to the next level by the materials used. Calf, pony and python come in eye-catching colors and prints like leopard skin and silver, easily trumping the much-vaunted Lanvin sneakers that have recently caused much over-excitement. Available at Hope's London stores or online.