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Balenciaga launches 'fully destroyed' sneakers worth a whopping P100,000

By AYIE LICSI Published May 17, 2022 5:23 pm Updated May 17, 2022 5:44 pm

Would you ever buy brand new shoes that look already worn out? Balenciaga unveiled one of its most bizarre shoe collections yet: fully destroyed sneakers. And despite its beat-up look, the price of these kicks is out of this world.

These latest shoes are a severely tattered, distressed version of its Paris Sneaker collection, available in high and low top styles. But while the standard version costs $625 (P33,000), the scuffed up iteration goes for a whopping $1,850 (almost P100,000).

The shoes feature rippings all over the fabric, dirtied midsole, and a rustic-looking Balenciaga logo printed at the edge of the toe. They actually look like a pair of beaters—sneakers that someone wears on the daily 

According to Balenciaga, the destroyed line "suggests that Paris Sneakers are meant to be worn for a lifetime." Only 100 of the sneakers have been produced.

For the shoe launch, the brand released photos of shoes that look extremely destroyed—the real product on their website does not look this tattered—and this raised some eyebrows online.

The original Paris Sneaker

Ethical fashion campaigner Livia Firth said she found the new limited sneakers "offensive."

"To buy something so destroyed is beyond offensive towards people I actually met who wore shoes like this because they couldn't afford basic meals. On the other side what is Balenciaga trying to say?" she wrote on Instagram.

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In the past, Balenciaga has released the most peculiar fashion pieces like the Crocs heels, Toolbox Bag, an $88 coffee cup, and a $2,000 shopping bag.