David Tourniaire-Beauciel, the man behind Balenciaga’s Triple S sneaker and Maison Margiela’s Tabi boot is launching a new label called SHOES 53045.
Preorders for the direct-to-consumer line open today with four colorways of sneaker set on a distinctive air bubble wedge sole. However there’s an unexpected twist. The genderless, leather-free collection will shortly evolve to incorporate a range of different and decidedly non-sneaker uppers.
FN caught up with the footwear veteran, who is also creative director at Clergerie, to find out how the idea took shape, how it will develop and why it shouldn’t be compared to the Balenciaga Triple S.
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The label might indeed be new for 2019 but Beauciel came up with the idea some 20 years ago. He wanted to make a technical air bubble shoe on a wedge sole but came to an impasse due to the era’s lack of available technology. “It’s been like a 20 year gestation, as if I had a baby inside of me growing bigger and bigger,” he said. “Now it’s the moment this baby needs to walk by itself and it’s perfect because it’s a shoe.”
He finally found the expertise he was looking for in China, where SHOES 53045 is