Balenciaga's New $1,850 Sneakers Come 'Fully Destroyed'

Balenciaga's new $1,850 Paris Sneakers come 'fully destroyed.' See the trashed fashion sneakers and find out what people on social media are saying here.

Balenciaga Paris Sneaker Full Destroyed (Pair)
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Balenciaga Paris Sneaker Full Destroyed (Pair)

Pre-distressed sneakers are nothing new in the fashion world—brands like Golden Goose, Gucci, and Maison Margiela have been criticized for selling dirty looking shoes at grossly marked up prices in the past. Even sportswear brands have dabbled in the trend, with pre-yellowed TPUs and DIY “vintage” customs becoming commonplace in recent years. But a new design from Balenciaga dials the soiled look to the extreme, and social media is predictably up in arms over the shoes.

Dubbed the Paris Sneaker, Balenciaga’s newest footwear offering comes in both high-top and mule offerings. The normal version, which retails at $625 for the high-top and $495 for the mule, is relatively inoffensive. They look like tumble-dried Chuck Taylors and come in black, red, and white colorways. If Balenciaga stopped there it probably could have avoided the social media response, but the Demna Gvasalia-led brand took things further with a limited-edition “Fully Destroyed” variation of the shoe. According to Balenciaga, these specific pairs were created for the sneaker’s ad campaign and come “extremely worn, marked up, and dirtied.” 100 pairs are available from in white and black and priced at $1,850 each.

Balenciaga Paris Sneaker Full Destroyed (Lateral)

It’s worth noting that the pairs being sold (pictured above) don’t look quite as trashed as the shoes photographed for the campaign, but they were still enough to get Twitter talking.

If you bought the $1,850 Balenciaga sneaker that looks like it was run over by a lawnmower please seek help but also please reach out to me because I would like to understand where your mind was at in that moment.

— brendandunne (@brendandunne) May 10, 2022

Balenciaga gotta be a social experiment

— kira 👾 (@kirawontmiss) May 10, 2022

Balenciaga is releasing a new pair of shoes, and I have to assume they are just trolling people at this point.

— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) May 9, 2022

No one:

The new Balenciaga sneakers:

— Saint Hoax (@SaintHoax) May 10, 2022

Balenciaga can go straight to hell

— Tana, the Creator (@TanaIsBananas) May 10, 2022

Alright, this is the worst sneaker I’ve seen today… Balenciaga has to be trollin

— Seth Fowler (@RealSethFowler) May 9, 2022

balenciaga is now selling beat up converse for $1850

— matt (@mattxiv) May 10, 2022

Balenciaga is a money laundering scheme

— Zen Hopkins (@AchinaJohn) May 10, 2022

Balenciaga this has to be a joke right?

— Duke of Africa (@Allezamani) May 10, 2022