Pull a balloon out of a bottle of coke and no one would be surprised anymore. The world has had its fair share of things that make one go “oh” either in surprise, excitement, or sheer dismay. It was just recently that the existence of elf shoes had people engaged on their keyboards, tossing opinions on social media. Fashion does this thing; it makes people wonder. This weekend, it once again managed to make the masses raise their eyebrows when the Balenciaga Crocs waltzed down the runway. If you had thought that crocs can only be worn by nurses and gardeners, think again.
This Sunday, Balenciaga’s show at Paris Fashion Week stunned people with Crocs. Not ordinary ones but rather Platform Crocs that are sky-high and creatively cute. The foamy shoes have been styled with a 10cm platform heel and blessed with dinky baubles. These are all rainbows and unicorns. Though the rubbery one-piece shoes are lightweight yet they take away the one advantage crocs have ever had; comfort. It must be difficult to walk in shoes that don’t offer much grip.
This isn’t the first time though that crocs have been fashioned into a unique version of themselves. Just last year, the shoes had become the talk of the town when Christopher Kane had collaborated with Crocs. Though that fire had also flared up a lot, it couldn’t quite engulf the fashion community in its embrace. Kane’s Crocs weren’t as high but they had captivating gemstones in their favor. These have stars, flowers, and other charms instead.
Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia has held hope for crocs since the early 2000s when the shoes had started to shed lovers like leaves. Calling these shoes “innovative” Gvasalia talked about them to Vogue UK in these words: “It’s light, it’s a one-piece foam mould and to me, these kind of techniques and working with these kind of materials is very Balenciaga.” The designer is also of the view that these one-piece shoes can be 3D printed too, one day. Well, who wouldn’t certainly love that sort of convenience?
Crocs was understandably up for this collaboration considering the tough time the company has been going through. Particularly when its biggest devotee, chef Mario Batali, dumped it for Yeezy. “Working with Balenciaga has been so much fun for our team, and once again demonstrates the relevance of our iconic clog in today’s fashion and design world, as well as allowing us to tap into the excitement and energy that comes from unexpected partnerships,” said Michelle Poole, SVP of global product and marketing, Crocs to Footwear News. There is though definitely more of Crocs to be seen with Christopher Kane working with the brand.
It’s just been a day and the land of Twitter is already divided. There’s those who can’t wait to get their hands on these shoes. Then there’s also those who think that this is the reason aliens don’t visit. From the looks of it, Balenciaga Crocs wouldn’t be able to survive. Twitterati are expressing how horrified they are by these shoes in both words and GIFs. Will the Balenciaga Crocs live a longer and more happening life? Or will their spark be watered down before it can become a trend with scores of followers? All depends on how many hearts these shoes would be able to bag. After all, fashion doesn’t care about the haters; if it’s meant to be, then it’s meant to be.