It’s hard to imagine that Balenciaga, Crocs, and Paris Fashion Week could go together, but designer Demna Gvasalia, the lead designer at Balenciaga, is assuring the public that Crocs are the shoe of the future. The shoe, favored by chefs and doctors for their comfort and ventilation is getting a make-over thanks to Balenciaga and designer Demna Gvasalia, but their debut at Paris Fashion Week 2017 is making the crowd of Croc haters curious about what Balenciaga is thinking by restyling the foam shoe.
But thanks to Balenciaga, Crocs are getting a new life in colors ranging from school bus yellow to bubblegum pink with a ten-centimeter heel. Yes, it is the Balenciaga Crocs platform shoe. Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia says he tried on Crocs for the first time this year and had his own reasons for the Balenciaga Crocs collaboration.
“It’s a very innovative shoe. It’s light, it’s a one-piece foam mold and to me, these kinds of techniques and working with these kinds of materials is very Balenciaga. In the future, you will be able to 3-D print them at home because they are all one piece.”
Okay, sure, they are easy to make, and at some point, the public will be able to print them out at home, but does that make Crocs fashionable on the level of Balenciaga?
Fortune says that the ugly shoe trend is obviously here to stay as thanks to Balenciaga, Crocs seem like they are getting a resurgence. The Crocs company was founded in 2002, peaked in 2007, and then had a dramatic up and down roller coaster existence ever since, which led the Washington Post to write an article called “The rise and fall and rise and fall of Crocs.” Crocs suffered another major hit when in August, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected their patent (it had been rejected twice before). By working with Balenciaga, Crocs are hoping to make a comeback in the casual shoe market.
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But when it comes to fashion, sometimes it’s best to go to a top fashion source to find out if anyone would really wear Balenciaga Crocs. Vogue asked that very question to its readers. There were alleged gasps as the Balenciaga Crocs, in the platform style, made their debut on the Paris runway. A model in a flowing yellow dress wearing school bus yellow Balenciaga Crocs platforms with pins inserted in the holes sashayed out in front of the crowd. Vogue says it’s still unclear if they reacted in horror or delight.
Designer Christopher Kane has also successfully worked with the Crocs brand for two years, but the idea of a Balenciaga/Crocs team is thought to be a good thing for both brands. If you are interested in getting your hands on a pair of the Balenciaga Crocs, you will have to wait until Spring, 2018.
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While Balenciaga is intrigued by the prospect of what can be done with molded shoes, the Crocs brand seems to be thrilled. Michelle Poole who represents Crocs says that the Balenciaga Crocs are going to take the shoe to the next level with color, style, and obviously price point.
“When Balenciaga approached us, we were intrigued by the opportunity to push the boundaries of our design and molding capabilities to see what we could create together. Working with Balenciaga has been so much fun for our team, and once again demonstrates the relevance of our iconic clog in today’s fashion and design world, as well as allowing us to tap into the excitement and energy that comes from unexpected partnerships.”
On social media, the reaction from the public about the Balenciaga Crocs ranges from “disgusting” and “horrendous” to people asking when they will be available, and where they can buy Balenciaga Crocs.
What do you think of the Balenciaga Crocs? Would you wear them?
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