Release Date: July 16
Buy: Exclusively at Kith before the model sees a wider drop worldwide
What We’re Saying: Highly limited to just 650 pairs across three colorways, this could be Balenciaga’s new Triple S.
Balenciaga is releasing its new Runner exclusively at Kith, previewing the model in 650 pairs across three colorways: black, white, and gray/burgundy. As its name suggests, the Runner is heavily inspired by ’90s and ’00s running sneakers, most obviously the ASICS GEL-Kayano 5, whose branding has been appropriated on the sides of the shoe to spell the letter “B.”
The luxury house has also stuck with the deconstructed, almost demolished trend we’ve seen establish itself across luxury fashion over the past few years, leaving raw cuts, stitches, and glue all over its new Runner. The sneaker’s sole was adapted from Balenciaga’s Track sneaker, another over-the-top take on sportswear.
Balenciaga found huge success with its Triple S a few years ago and has struggled to replicate that with subsequent sneaker releases. The Track and Sock Runner have come close, however, the Runner looks like it could be the most wearable of the lot, while still interesting enough to break necks when you’re wearing it out on the streets. Only time will tell, of course, but we’re big fans of Balenciaga’s new Runner and are putting our necks on the line by saying it could be the new Triple S.
Look for the Balenciaga Runner to be released via Kith on July 16 for $1,095 before arriving in more colorways at various retailers at a later date.
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