Winner Takes All

Why is sneaker shopping so tough? Too many darn options, that’s why. Landing the newest and hardest-to-find style seems to get trickier every year. It’s reaching the point where you’re wondering if it’s worth all the trouble.

Don’t lose heart just yet, brave soul. Before you throw in the towel, consider Puma’s latest wow-the-masses stunt: the Top Winner Thrift. It’s the most innovative, chic collection of all. (Really.) Every shoe is made from vintage clothing (tacky ties, dresses, hats, bowling shirts), and each comes with a hangtag picture of the outfit from whence it came. Which means that in addition to being able to brag about your one-of-a-kind style, you’re walking history. But the best news? There are only 510 pairs in the whole world, making them slightly harder to come by than your average endangered species.

Just what a sneaker should be.

Available at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue, at 61st Street (212-826-8900).