This Is Proof That Expensive Sneakers Aren't Always Better

Spend that money wisely, fam.

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It's hard to beat the feeling of stunting in an expensive pair of kicks, but according to a new study from Run Repeat, a higher price tag doesn't always equate to better quality.

"People buy three times as expensive shoes to get eight percent less satisfaction," Run Repeat founder Jakob Andersen told Footwear News. The report found that as prices increase, overall ratings actually begin to drop. In fact, out of user reviews for 134,867 different running sneakers, the 10 most expensive pairs ($181 average) were rated 8.1 percent lower than the cheapest pairs, which had a median of $61 per.

A closer look at the findings reveals that Skechers, Saucony, and VibramFiveFingers have the highest rated sneakers overall while New Balance, adidas, and Reebok are actually at the bottom of the rankings. Meanwhile, the most affordable brands are Skechers, Vivobarefoot, and Puma and the most expensive are On, Newton, and Hoka One One.

It's important take into consideration that this report is exclusive to running sneakers, but we wouldn't be at all surprised if this extends even further into sneaker culture. To read the study in its entirety, click over to Run Repeat.

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