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Brand: Balenciaga

Model: Track 2

Key Features: The Track 2 is even more complex than its predecessor, featuring an upper composed of 176 separate pieces. A mesh base is covered in countless layers made of a mix of synthetic and leather overlays. Track 2 branding is present on the tongue, while Balenciaga branding is on the side and embossed on the toe of the outsole. A bulky, multi-layered mid- and outsole combination rounds out a techy look.

Release Date: June 18 (initial release) and June 25 (full release)

Price: €675

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Editor’s Notes: Balenciaga has officially unveiled the Track 2, its latest high-fashion yet super-technical take on a retro sneaker. It’s an update of the first-generation Track, with pre-worn layers that create an open-air structure, exposing the mesh base. A dual-density lightweight EVA sole gives the shoe that distinct “high performance” look.

The brand has unveiled three colorways: white, black, and a red, blue, and gray version. The sneakers was available initially at Balenciaga online and in-store at select European stores, with a worldwide release today, June 25.

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