After hitting the jackpot with the Triple S sneaker and launching the Track trainer last month in the U.S., it was difficult to imagine what Balenciaga artistic director Demna Gvasalia would follow up with for spring ’19, athletically speaking.
Buckle accented sandals with metal stilettos heels, paired with a sharply tailored leather coat at Balenciaga spring ’19.
He didn’t. The designer showed not a single sneaker at the brand’s Sept. 30 runway show in Paris. Instead, Gvasalia put forth a series of death-defying metal stiletto pumps with oversized buckles and basic, black men’s dress shoes.
Neon pumps on the runway at Balenciaga spring ’19.
Men’s dress shoes at Balenciaga’s spring ’19 show.
Balenciaga’s no-sneaker statement echoed that of the majority of brands in all four cities. “There was a concerted effort among the design community to step back from streetwear and present more dressed-up clothing,” said Ken Downing, fashion director and SVP of Neiman Marcus. “It started in New York and continued into London. Milan had a few sneaker moments, but there was nary a sneaker in Paris. It has been noted.”
They may have been absent from the runways, but that doesn’t mean they are becoming less important at retail. “Sneakers have