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Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy

They just keep getting bigger and bigger. No, not mortgage rates or iPhones, but designer sneakers. The mad scientists at haute labels such as Gucci and Balenciaga have been stuffing their soles like turduckens as sneakers increasingly cross over from actual exercise equipment to exercises in over-the-top design. Yet while these inflated kicks are populating premium department stores and boutiques, sportswear institutions like Nike and Adidas are perfecting soles that are as light as a feather. Here, we’ve ranked the latest options in sneakers, from the barely there to the boldly bloated.

Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy
Photo: F. Martin Ramin/ The Wall Street Journal
8.0 oz (per shoe)

Zoom Fly SP Sneakers, $150, nike.com

Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy
Photo: F. Martin Ramin/ The Wall Street Journal
11.5 oz

Adidas Originals Yung-1 Sneakers, $120, adidas.com

Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy
Photo: F. Martin Ramin/ The Wall Street Journal
12.7 oz

Rick Owens Sisyphus Sneakers, $972, rickowens.eu

Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy
Photo: F. Martin Ramin/ The Wall Street Journal
1 lb 2.4 oz

Run Away Sneakers, $1,330, Louis Vuitton, 212-758-8877

Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy
Photo: F. Martin Ramin/ The Wall Street Journal
1 lb 4.9 oz

Chain Reaction Sneakers, $995, Versace, 212-317-0224

Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy
Photo: F. Martin Ramin/ The Wall Street Journal
1 lb 6.4 oz

Track Sneakers, $850, Balenciaga, 310-854-0557

Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy
Photo: F. Martin Ramin/ The Wall Street Journal
2 lb 1.0 oz

Flashtrek Sneakers, $1,590, gucci.com

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