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.

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 the sneaker marketplace Flight Club, Business Insider compiled some of the most fashionable, expensive, and downright wild sneakers worn by tech founders and CEOs. The Flight Club team helped confirm the brands and styles and provided expert commentary and analysis.

We did our best to find photos of female tech executives wearing sneakers, but our search didn’t yield many 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

Drew Angerer—Getty Images; sneaker courtesy of Nike

Since Nike’s Flyknit franchise was introduced in 2012, Flight Club says it has seen resale values in “the hundreds, and some well over a thousand.”

The Wolf Grey sneakers favored by Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, aren’t currently sold in stores, but you can find them on eBay.

Price: $150

Satya Nadella: Lanvin Suede & Patent Leather Low-Top Sneaker

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers the keynote address at the [f500link]Microsoft[/f500link] Build Conference, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in San Francisco.
Eric Risberg—AP

When the Microsoft CEO took the helm in 2014, it quickly became clear he was stylish. So it’s no surprise he opts for a more fashion-forward take on sneakers, with a pair from the French high-end brand Lanvin. Even sneaker lovers on Reddit have inquired about Nadella’s kicks.

Price: $495

Sundar Pichai: Lanvin Men’s Cap-Toe Leather Low-Top Sneaker

Pichai Sundararajan, known as Sundar Pichai, CEO of [f500link]Google[/f500link] Inc. speaks during an event to introduce Google Pixel phone and other Google products on October 4, 2016 in San Francisco, California.
Ramin Talaie—Getty Images

Nadella isn’t the only one who likes Lanvin. Google CEO Sundar Pichai wears them too, but he prefers an all-black version.Price: $495

Larry Page: Lanvin Low-Top Sneaker with Contrast Heel

Kimberly White—Getty Images for Fortune

Perhaps Pichai is giving fashion tips to Alphabet CEO Larry Page. Page also favors Lanvin sneakers, though his are a bit harder to find — the style is currently sold out.

Price: about $300

Jack Dorsey and Susan Wojcicki: Rick Owens Island Dunks and New Balance W890v4

Jack Dorsey (L), interim CEO of Twitter and CEO of Square, talks with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (C), as venture capitalist Vivi Nevo (R) walks with them during the first day of the annual Allen and Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho July 8, 2015.
Mike Blake—Reuters; sneaker courtesy of New Balance

Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, is known for having a more advanced fashion sense than some of his Silicon Valley peers, so his sneakers by the avant-garde designer Rick Owens certainly fit his style. Owens’ shoe line is something of a cult favorite in the sneaker world, but he has also collaborated with Adidas on a line.

Price: $484, down from $969

Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube, opted for a bright pair of New Balance running shoes to complement her athleisure look at Sun Valley in 2015.

Price: $81, down from $110

Sam Altman: Puma Blaze of Glory

Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, arrives at the Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden for the 2016 Bilderberg Group conference on June 9, 2016 in Dresden, Germany.
Sean Gallup—Getty Images

The president of Y Combinator is known for his casual style and penchant for wearing sneakers. In fact, he was once kicked out of The Ritz London for wearing his Puma Blaze of Glory shoes.

Here’s what Flight Club says about the vibrant sneakers:

“The Puma Blaze of Glory was a retro model from the ’90s that Puma has brought back with a vengeance. We’ve seen this model be reinvented time and time again over the last three to four years. [Puma has] sustained popularity with this model by collaborating with streetwear brands such as Kith, Alife, Stampd, Staple, Bape, Sneaker Freaker, etc. The model has been a popular sell through among a few ‘sneaker heads’ buying the hyped collabs.”

Price: These shoes can resell for $257 to $325, according to Flight Club.

Tim Cook: Nike Roshe Two Flyknit

Beck Diefenbach—Reuters; sneaker courtesy of Nike

Cook, Apple’s CEO, is the lead independent director of Nike’s board, so it makes sense he’d choose Nike kicks.

“For Nike, the Roshe run has performed really well over the years,” the team at Flight Club says. “It was first spotted overseas in Asia, and then it hit the States in 2012. We have witnessed the Roshe run sell by the hundreds in the secondary market ranging from $109 to $300, depending on popularity. The demand for this model and return upon investment are undeniable.”

Flight Club says the most popular colors for Roshe Runs are Triple Red, Calypso, GPX Tiger Camo Pack, Yeezy, Rainbow, and Santa Monica Pier.

Price: $105, down from $130

Here’s Cook in another pair of Nike shoes.

Justin Sullivan—Getty Images: sneaker courtesy of Nike

Cook was spotted in Nike Roshe Ones at the grand opening of an Apple Store in Palo Alto, California.

Price: $75

MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos: Ash Bowie Wedge Sneaker and Converse Jack Purcell Low-Top

Kevork Djansezian—Getty Images; sneaker courtesy of Converse

Novelist MacKenzie Bezos favors wedge-heeled sneakers by Ash, while Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wears more affordable Jack Purcells.

The Jack Purcell was designed in 1935 as a badminton shoe — Purcell himself was a Canadian badminton player — but Converse bought it in the 1970s.

“Converse has stepped up the model by doing cool collabs with men’s contemporary brands like rock designer John Varvatos, Neighborhood, WTAPS, and Comme des Garcons. Also, let’s not forget the annual Missoni collab,” Flight Club says. “For those interested in finding rare, dope spins on this model, we’ve seen the best executions of these models come out of Japan.”

Price: about $210 (MacKenzie), $65 (Jeff)

Daniel Ek: Nike Air Force 1 ’07

Daniel Ek, CEO and Founder of Spotify, speaks at a media event announcing updates to the music streaming application Spotify on May 20, 2015 in New York City.
Andrew Burton—Getty Images; sneaker courtesy of Nike

Ek, the CEO of Spotify, has “one of the most iconic shoes” to come out of Nike, according to Flight Club. Nike introduced the Air Force 1 in 1982 and sold an estimated 12 million pairsduring the shoe’s peak in 2005.

“Over the years, the model has become iconic and part of the very fabric that makes Nike so great,” Flight Club says. “The Air Force franchise has left a historic impression not only on sports culture, but it has been a hands-down pop-culture staple. Throughout the ’90s and early 2000s, Air Forces have been a staple in streetwear fashion — especially the beloved white-on-whites.”

While Ek sports the basic version of the shoe, Flight Club says it has seen high-end and rare versions of Air Force 1s “flip for the thousands.”

Price: $90

Ek is clearly a fan of white sneakers — he has also been spotted in a pair of Adidas’ best-known shoes.

Spotify Founder and CEO Daniel Ek onstage during “You Want Another Revolution?” at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
Michael Kovac—Getty Images; sneaker courtesy of Adidas

Ek is wearing Adidas Superstar Shoes.

Price: $80

Evan Spiegel: Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers

CEO and co-founder of Snapchat Evan Spiegel speaks onstage with The New Yorker staff writer Ken Auletta at the American Magazine Media Conference at Grand Hyatt New York on February 1, 2016 in New York City.
Larry Busacca—Getty Images; sneaker courtesy of Common Projects

Spiegel, CEO of Snap, is a longtime fan of the high-end sneaker brand Common Projects. In fact, he told GQ he has worn the brand since high school. But they don’t come cheap — an average pair of Common Projects costs $400, according to Flight Club.

“The all-white pair of Achilles is the most popular colorway for the brand,” Flight Club says. “Some may ask why would you pay so much for such a simple shoe. The answer: craftsmanship. These shoes are hand-stitched and usually made out of Italian leather. Also, they look great with your everyday look.”

Price: $415

Kevin Systrom: Lanvin Classic Leather & Suede High-Top Sneakers

Michael Kovac—Getty Images for Vanity Fair

Systrom, Instagram’s CEO, is a yet another tech CEO who favors Lanvin shoes.

“I’m a sucker for Lanvin sneakers because I have big feet and they fit me really well,” Systrom told The Wall Street Journal. “It’s hard to find a day where I’m not wearing them.”

Price: $354

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is known for his eye-catching shoe choices. In fact, there’s a Twitter account, @BenioffsShoes, dedicated to his footwear. Here he is in a demurer black crocodile pair …

Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive officer of [f500link]Salesforce[/f500link].com Inc., left, speaks during the TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2016 Summit in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.
David Paul Morris—Bloomberg via Getty Images

…But he wore this pair of “cloud walkers” by the high-end-shoe designer Christian Louboutin in 2013, and he has had several other cloud-themed shoes made for events like Dreamforce, Salesforce’s huge customer conference …

A view of shoes worn by Salesforce chairman and CEO Marc Benioff as he speaks during a keynote address at the 2013 Dreamforce conference on November 19, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
Justin Sullivan—Getty Images

… like this custom pair, by Louboutin. Here’s the signature red Louboutin sole.

Justin Sullivan—Getty Images

Men’s Louboutin high-tops can cost between $895 and $1,995.

Aaron Levie: Asics Onitsuka Tiger California 78 OG

Aaron Levie, CEO, co-founder and chairman of Box and Sharon Waxman, Founder & CEO of TheWrap speak onstage during TheWrap's 6th Annual TheGrill at Montage Beverly Hills on October 6, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
Alison Buck—Getty Images for TheWrap

The Box CEO is known for always wearing sneakers — he doesn’t own a pair of dress shoes, according to The New York Times.

“Sneakers help me walk faster,” Levie told The Times. “Plus, it reminds me that we’re fighting for the end user — the consumer — because they wear sneakers, too!”

Levie favors Asics shoes, like these Onitsuka Tiger sneakers. Onitsuka Tiger is an Asics label that focuses on a more vintage style, according to Flight Club. While Levie’s blue and orange pair is sold out, other colors are still available.

Price: $68, down from $85

Brian Chesky: Gucci Ace Leather Low-Top Sneaker

Airbnb Founder & CEO Brian Chesky and producer Brian Grazer speaks onstage during Feed Your Creative Imagination at The Los Angeles Theatre during Airbnb Open LA - Day 2 on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Frazer Harrison—Getty Images for Airbnb

Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, is another stylish exec, and he often chooses unique — and expensive — footwear. The Ace sneaker has been a popular model for Gucci, and the brand has recently seen a resurgence in the fashion world, according to Flight Club.

“The last and current season has been trending on the blogs and among celebrities,” Flight Club says.

Price: $550

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk

Mike Windle—Getty Images; sneakers courtesy of SeaVees, Reebok, Nike

It turns out all three Airbnb founders have a strong sneaker game. At Airbnb Open in 2016, Chesky, left, wore a SeaVees Maslon Desert Boot Wintertide; Gebbia, center, wore a Reebok Pump Omni Lite; and Blecharczyk, right, wore a Nike Free Trainer 5.0 V6.

Prices, from left: $54, down from $108; $120; $90, down from $100

Sean Rad: Saint Laurent Signature Court Classic SL/18H Fringed Sneaker

Steve Jennings—Getty Images for TechCrunch; sneaker courtesy of Saint Laurent

Rad, the founder of Tinder, has high-end taste when it comes to shoes. His fringed high-tops are sold out on Saint Laurent’s site, but you can still find them on eBay or buy the gray version on Spring.

Price: $475 to $695

Elon Musk: Nike Lunar Flyknit HTM NRG

CEO and Chief Product Architect of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk attends the "RACING EXTINCTION" Premiere at The Marc Theater on January 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah.
Lily Lawrence—Getty Images for Oceanic Preserv

It’s hard to be sure, but Business Insider and Flight Club think Musk, the Tesla CEO, is wearing the Nike Lunar Flyknit HTM NRG, a shoe created by the renowned design trio of Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield, and Mark Parker.

These shoes are hard to find — not to mention expensive. They’re sold out on Flight Club’s site, but you can find a pair on eBay.

Price: $400 to $700

Sergey Brin: Vibram FiveFingers Classic

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google Inc., listens during a press conference at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.
David Paul Morris—Bloomberg via Getty Images; sneaker courtesy of Vibram

While he doesn’t exactly have stylish taste in shoes, Brin — a Google cofounder and the president of its parent company, Alphabet — certainly has unusual taste. Brin has been known to wear Crocs for public appearances, but his most serious fashion faux pas may be his preference for Vibram FiveFingers, the wacky, socklike shoes that have space for each of your toes.

Price: $75

BONUS: Travis Kalanick

Co-founder/CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, (L) and editor of Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter, speak onstage during "The Übermensch" at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 19, 2016 in San Francisco, California.
Michael Kovac—Getty Images: sneaker courtesy of Nike

Kalanick, the Uber CEO, favors this pair of red Nike running shoes, but we haven’t been able to identify what style they are. If you figure it out, let us know at ahartmans@businessinsider.com.

Update: Some helpful tipsters have pointed out that Kalanick is wearing Nike Darwins. The latest version retails for $80.

This story originally appeared on Business Insider.

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