Expensive sneakers (1750 euros) seem to be ‘run over by lawn mower’

At first glance, the so-called Paris sneaker of the fashion brand seems to have had its day. There are rips and holes in them, and in some photos there even appear to be mud stains on the shoes. The designs seem ripe for the trash can, but the luxury Balenciaga charges $1,850 (about $1,750) for the sneakers.

‘seek help’

On social media, people react with surprise to the shoes, especially in combination with the price. “If you bought these shoes that look like they’ve been run over by a lawnmower, get help,” someone wrote on Twitter. ‘This must be a social experiment,’ says another.

The story of the separate shoes is actually a bit more nuanced than it seems at first glance. The extremely run-down models are exclusives, says Balenciaga, of which only a hundred are sold. The ‘normal’ Paris sneakers, with only a few tears and some frayed edges, are ‘only’ sold for prices between 470 and 595 euros.

Ikea bag

It is not the first time that the fashion house is causing a stir with designs of clothing or accessories. The brand brought ever out a bag which looked suspiciously like the simple Ikea copy, and then asked almost 2000 euros for it.

A Balenciaga press release states that the new sneakers are meant to last a lifetime. Volgens CNN the company could thus respond to criticism of the fashion industry, in which there is discussion about high prices and the effects of mass consumption on the climate.

Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.

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