What a Croc! Why has Balenciaga ruined the world’s most practical shoes?

名前: バレンシアガ Crocs.

年齢: Super new. Not even out yet.

Is Balenciaga a Spanish footballer, someone to look out for at the Euros? 番号. There is actually a Mikel Balenziaga, with a “Z”, plays for Athletic Bilbao. Left-back. But also left back in スペイン, didn’t even make the squad. We might return to football.

So Balenciaga the luxury fashion house founded by Cristóbal BalenciagaSan Sebastián (just down the road from Bilbao, as it happens), though now based in Paris? 丁度.

And Crocs, those hideous rubber clogs? Strictly speaking, they’re injection-moulded ethylene-vinyl acetate foam clogs. Hence their surprising lightness.

You can’t deny me hideous, でも. Also dead practical, and comfy. And light! And periodically declared to be back in fashion when, いう, Romeo Beckham is snapped sporting a pair. Or when Justin Bieber brings out his own line.

And now Balenciaga’s getting involved … Hang on, this rings a bell. Are you sure it isn’t old news? You’re right, this is not their first collaboration. Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia first teamed up with Crocs に 2018, shoeing models in pink and yellow platform crocs. “It’s a very innovative shoe,」 he told Vogue 当時の.

So what has Demna gone and done this time? His new collaboration, debuted at the Balenciaga spring 2022 runway show, included knee-high “rain boot” Crocs and a pair of bright-green stiletto clogs.

何! Stiletto clogs? But isn’t that taking something solely meant to be practical and comfortable, then making it impractical and uncomfortable? I know, those fashion guys, eh, so crazy and creative, and ironic!

Or ridiculous. 上手, はい, arguably. See also heeled flip-flops, heeled trainers, and my absolute favourite, velvet heeled hiking boots.

No way. How high? Six inches. Plus there’s a platform on top of that. By Alaïa, at a reported $1,630 (£1,150) a pair, なので seen on Jennifer Lopez.

Back to these new Balenciaga Crocs, how much are they? No price yet, but the last ones were around the £800 mark. Sold out immediately, obviously. And bringing it back to the beautiful game, Balenciaga do football boots (kinda) あまりにも, at just £540.

What about regular, low-heel, low-fashion Crocs? Forty quid in the UK. Bargain!

言うか: “Hahahahaha! Genius! You’ve done it again, Demna! Here’s my credit card.”

言わないで: “Knee-high rain boot Crocs you say? または, as we used to call them … wellies.”