BALENCIAGA’S LEGACY CIRCA FW13
When former creative director Nicholas Ghesquière left his post in late 2012, New York based designer Alexander Wang embarked to take on the high position at Balenciaga. With challenging projects faced with high expectations set for Taiwanese-American born Wang who will continue to develop his own eponymous brand while handling all forms of ready-to-wear and accessories division of Balenciaga, as well as upholding the French label’s image through the use of his own creativity and research to reinterpret the modern yet distinctive, and extremely innovative style established by the great founder Cristóbal Balenciaga.
Wang’s first notable collection was faux marble as seen in women’s Balenciaga Fall Winter 2013. It was primarily an interpretation from the late couture master with an added sense of monolithic architectural legacy. The collection’s motif was a heaven sent and soon became an acclamation to the house. The first marble motif were spilled in cracked patterns incarnated into a full-fledged ready-to-wear adding accessories to match, however the prints were less refined compared to the concurrent editions found in many of the latest classic accessories. Wang’s creation initiated the definitive marble print movement that was powerful enough to inspire dozens of designers ever since late 2013 till today.
In the latest Balenciaga incarnation, the marble motif has been reproduced to a far more natural interpretation and appears to make its way to one of Balenciaga’s iconic classic sneakers – The Balenciaga Black Marble Print High-Top Leather Sneakers, embraced by countless luxury fashion fanatics and sneaker fans alike, this innovative pair is truly unique in its kind. Simplicity in a subtle approach in every respect is key and class leading materials were integrated well into its initial design, the sneakers’ end result stands out in every way without appearing overwhelming.
Colour wise there are a choice of contrast coded white, black, and grey or an inverse black in two high-tops and one low-top. The most reasonable priced in the range is the Balenciaga Suede-Trimmed Marbled Leather & Rubber Low-Top Sneakers currently available at MR PORTER which sold out multiple times this season, but I think it’s worth paying a bit extra for the high-top variant which can be more visually engaging. The Balenciaga Black Marble Print High-Top Leather Sneakers dwell from a harmonious design and gets even more attractive, it just has the right mix of muscular proportions, clean chiselled lines that shapes its distinctive contour and an aggressive detailing. The fact that it looks pretty standard is cool as well, though to the trained eye it’s something pretty special.
Sandro Black Leather Lapel Wool Blazer / Sandro White Marble-Print Slim-Fit Cotton Shirt / Balmain Metal Multi-Loop Leather Belt / Excessively worn Ksubi Chitch Jett Black Denim Jeans (DIY Saint Laurent Distressed) / Balenciaga Black Marble Print High-Top Leather Sneakers
THE BALENCIAGA MARBLE PRINT HIGH-TOP SNEAKERS
In the latest Balenciaga Spring Summer 2015 footwear collection, the Balenciaga Black Marble Print High-Top Leather Sneakers for men is a real head turner as a result and especially when worn with dark skinny denims just brings out every little detailing aspects of the sneaker. Its eye-catching reflective feature flanked the prominent wide banded toe box instilling a marble block which adds a further dynamism. In the distinguished details, the technical grey fabric upholds the main structure from its base sole, with split leather which gives a nice contrast. Furthermore, the quarter panel has a lace guard that are made from soft suede leather, while the uneven spacing of the palladium metal eyelets creates a ragged stitch effect when fastened with the semi-waxed laces. And of course by far the most prominent feature is the large marble effect rubber sole, which has a deep patent finish resembling a large slab of fine Skyros varie-gated marble, much like those found in elegant creations that have embellished stately buildings since ancient times and mainly used by the Romans, it is a very thrilling and sexy pair of sneakers.
The thing that really struck me about the Balenciaga Black Marble Print High-Top Leather Sneakers is how consistently comfortable it feels, and it is just a joy to wear them around. The exterior treatment is monochromatic to the point of being sober, with mostly in frozen grey execution to match the distinct reflective bands, and yet the marble motif is an eye candy to look at. Size wise runs large, and most retailers including Balenciaga suggest ordering or taking one size smaller than a regular size to achieve a more appropriate fit. What you are looking at is a size 42, while I am somewhere between a size 43-43.5, the Balenciaga sneaker fits slightly snugged compared the ever popular Christian Louboutin Louis High Top Leather Sneakers at size 43 true to size.
Preserving the Balenciaga Black Marble Print High-Top Leather Sneakers is challenge, since the sole has a shiny patent finish it is highly prone to yellowing especially in humid countries. Early prevention is key to further oxidation as always, it is wise to understand the nature of the product prior to wear, and it is also one of the many reasons why I have chosen the black variant over the white. However it is unlikely that buyers of the Balenciaga marble sneaker would have care maintenance in their priority list when the sneakers’ visual appeal is so strong. Checkout Matches Fashion’s latest Balenciaga collection for men.
MARBLED GOODNESS & SNEAKER DREAMS
OBJECTS OF DESIRE
PLACES TO BUY BALENCIAGA MARBLE PRINT LEATHER SNEAKERS
Matches Fashion – Balenciaga Marble-Effect High-Top Trainers. These black and white leather high-top trainers from Balenciaga are a modern riff on the house’s recurring marble motif. The reflective silver front panel and black suede accents create the perfect contrast, especially when worn with other monochrome pieces. Shown here with Givenchy Oversized-pleat cotton shorts and Balenciaga Logo-stamp T-shirt. Fits large to size, take one size smaller.
Barneys New York – Balenciaga Marble-Print High-Top Sneakers. Balenciaga black and white marble-print leather high-top sneakers styled with a light grey reflective tech-fabric toe wrap. 1.25″ (30mm) midsole, approximately. Round toe, lightly padded tongue, channel-quilted padded collar, grey suede piping, marble-print midsole, black smooth leather and light grey suede trim, black flat laces, silvertone grommets. Lace up. Leather lining. Rubber sole. Made in Italy.
MR PORTER – Balenciaga Suede-Trimmed Marble Leather and Rubber Sneakers. Balenciaga sneakers really took the footwear world by storm, embraced by critics and sports fans alike – and this innovative pair is truly unique. The leather panelling and thick rubber soles have been patterned with a marbled effect, adding a luxurious, artistic feel. The front is trimmed with wide bands of reflective leather, which add further dynamism. Shown here with a Dolce & Gabbana T-shirt, Lanvin sweater, Bottega Veneta sweatpants, Le Gramme bracelet and a Maison Martin Margiela backpack. Size & Fit: Fits true to size. Take your normal size Only available in full sizes, go down to the nearest whole size if you take a half size.
BALENCIAGA SUEDE-TRIMMED MARBLED LEATHER AND RUBBER SNEAKERS
MR PORTER $625 – BUY IT NOW
Sneaker Boy – Balenciaga Black Marble Print High-Top Sneakers. High top sneaker in marble print leather. Grey reflective polyurethane and black suede panel detail. Black suede padded collar. Black and white marble rubber sole. Made in Italy Fits large to size. Take one size smaller than normal. EU sizing.
Sneaker Boy – Balenciaga White Marble Print High-Top Sneakers. High top sneaker in marble print leather. Grey reflective polyurethane and suede panel detail. Grey suede padded collar. Black and white marble rubber sole. Made in Italy Fits large to size. Take one size smaller than normal. EU sizing.
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