The same brand that just created the ultimate “ugly” sneaker with the Triple S, which was apparently inspired by Skechers, now followed up with the ugliest of all ugly shoes for Spring 2018. Balenciaga presented today on the runway in Paris, as part of its Spring 2018 women’s Pre-A-Porter show a collaboration with none other than Crocs. Not only did Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia produce a platform version of the iconic slip-on sandal, but he also made use of the rather genius customization options that Crocs offers in the form of pins that can be attached to the perforated upper. Some of you may know this already to be a hit in the kids market and we predict that this will also be an instant hit with adults. Ultimately it means you can actually customize the upper of the sandal with a series of Balenciaga plastic pins.
Multiple colorways were presented today on the runway and you can be sure that the streets of the fashion capitols around the globe will be filled with these come Spring 2018. We would also predict that this collaboration puts Crocs back on the map in a big way, which may result in other fashion collaborations over the next few months and years. That said, nobody was better suited to bring these back than Vetements’ and Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia, it actually adds a level of credibility to this collaboration that no other designer could have added to it.
Interestingly Christopher Kane also did a Crocs collaboration, already a year ago, yet they remained rather unnoticed overall. What do you think about these? Can Balenciaga make Crocs cool again?
- Photography: Balenciaga & Vogue