- Balenciaga and Crocs collaborated for a second time during Balenciaga’s spring 2022 runway.
- The brands debuted stiletto crocs and knee-high rain boot crocs.
- Balenciaga and Crocs first collaborated with $850 platform shoes in 2017.
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On Sunday, the luxury fashion house hosted its Spring 2022 runway show titled “Clones” and explored “reality through the lens of technology,” according to Balenciaga’s website.
“To illustrate this concept, every look in the Spring 22 collection is seen on Eliza Douglas, an artist who has either opened or closed every show and appeared in most campaigns for the past several years,” Balenciaga wrote. “In a video directed by Quentin Deronzier, Eliza appears as a series of digital clones, some of which are deepfakes, or models with Eliza’s photogrammetry-captured and CG-scanned face digitally grafted on.”
The show showcased a wide variety of looks that leaned into Balenciaga’s signature style – including puffer jackets and hoodies – but fashion enthusiasts became fascinated with its latest collaboration with Crocs.
The collaboration, dubbed “Balenciaga Crocs 2.0,” saw the classic clog transform into a stiletto heel that comes in green and black. Knee-high rain boots in green, black, and gray were also a part of the brand’s rollout.
The two brand’s fashion relationship started in 2017 under the direction of Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia.
“We were inspired by Crocs and we worked with them on a Balenciaga reinterpretation. Balenciaga x Crocs isn’t impossible, the question of taste is a very subjective value,” Gvasalia told French Vogue in 2017.
Gvasalia continued: “We’ll see if this works in six months’ time in the stores. I wore Crocs this summer to see how I felt about them and they are the world’s comfiest shoes! I just wanted to give them a fashionable touch: a platform. At the end of the day, fashion is all about having fun.”
Designer Christopher Kane has also debuted elevated Crocs footwear in several of his runway shows, Fashionista reported.
A price hasn’t been set for the footwear, but Balenciaga and Crocs first made waves with $850 platform clogs in 2017.
-Crocs Shoes (@Crocs) October 1, 2017
The clogs were available exclusively through Barney’s and sold out before they ever hit stores.
Sales for Crocs exploded during the pandemic as fashion began to prioritize comfort, inspiring celebrities to get in on the fun, too.
On Tuesday, Diplo and Crocs unveiled their newest shoe collaboration that features Alice in Wonderland-like mushrooms that light up.
-Crocs Shoes (@Crocs) June 7, 2021