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Nine West doesn't shout -- it "Whispers," $225, in green, pewter or light gray; at Nine West stores and ninewest.com.(Credit: Handout)

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Bold sneakers not meant to sneak

The souped-up, blinged-out designer high-top is all the rage these days, a sporty trend in casual footwear that has been building for a while. Two years ago, we reported on "hybrid boots" -- work boots, hiking boots and chukkas that designers made hip by adding wedge heels and glitzy trim. It was only a matter of time before they got down with high-tops. Authentic high-tops actually worn in sports tend to be more of a guy thing, but now women adopted these styles to complement skinny jeans and leggings.

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