The inhabitants of Silicon Valley are not exactly known for haute-couture.
It’s a land where jeans, t-shirts, and hoodies reign supreme, and where sneakers are the footwear of choice.
But don’t let the pedestrian fashion item fool you. These sneakers can be as rare and as status-defining as the fine watches adorning the wrists of Wall Street bankers or the designer handbags clutched by elite art dealers.
Indeed, for many of the Valley’s technorati, the right pair of kicks is a trademark accessory carefully selected to convey a mix of power and nonchalance; creativity and exclusivity.
With help from the team at sneaker marketplace Flight Club, Business Insider has compiled some of the most fashionable, expensive, or downright wild sneakers worn by tech founders and CEOs. The Flight Club team helped confirm the brands and styles, and provided their expert commentary and analysis.
We did our best to find photos of female tech executives wearing sneakers, but our search didn’t yield any results. Women like Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer wore low heels, flats, or loafers, which says something about how much freedom women have to dress down in the corporate world.
If you dream of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg, lacing up a pair of these sneakers probably won’t get you very far. But at least you’ll look the part. Check it out:
Mark Zuckerberg: Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 in Wolf Grey
Since Nike’s Flyknit franchise was introduced in 2012, Flight Club says it’s seen resale values range from “the hundreds and some well over a thousand.”
The Wolf Grey sneakers Facebook CEO Zuckerberg favors aren’t currently being sold in stores, but you can still find them on eBay.
Satya Nadella: Lanvin Suede & Patent Leather Low-Top Sneaker
When the Microsoft CEO took the helm in 2014, it quickly became clear that he was extremely stylish. So it’s no surprise that he opts for a more fashion-forward take on sneakers with a pair from the French high-end brand Lanvin. Even the sneaker-lovers on Reddit have inquired after Nadella’s fashionable kicks.