NEW YORK (VINnews/Sandy Eller) – They are a poolside summer staple that everyone loves to hate, but Crocs made a splash in a big way in a highly anticipated designer Spring 2022 runway show, one that bizarrely enough, never actually took place.
According to Vogue Runway (https://bit.ly/350AkLD) Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia debuted a high tech video runway show titled “Balenciaga Clones” on Tuesday that blurred the lines of reality, using face grafts and body doubles and for his signature model to showcase 44 different looks that all appeared to be worn by a single person. Knee high platform rainboots and clogs with stiletto heels, created in a collaboration between Balenciaga and Crocs, were among the runway pieces that appeared in the video which shows a full audience of spectators, all of whom were added digitally and weren’t actually present.
The show marked the second time that Gvaslia has put Crocs on the runway, reported Complex (https://bit.ly/3w4Xuwj). He previously conspired in 2017 with Scottish fashion designer Christopher Kane and Balenciaga to create $850 rubber platform clogs, a collection that sold out completely before it ever arrived on store shelves.
No prices have been announced yet for the designer Crocs which are scheduled to debut next year. Social media was quick to react to the Balenciaga x Crocs collaboration, which is available in lime green and black, with the boots also coming in gray.
“Looking like a failed Shark Tank pitch,” tweeted Nick G.
“Burn it all to the ground. These shoes, Balenciaga, Crocs, Twitter,” wrote Chad Wszolek on Twitter.
Undeniably comfortable and nearly impossible to wear out, Crocs have been the subject of other collaborations over the years, some of which have been more than a little off the beaten path, reported Complex (https://bit.ly/3uYN4go). KFC teamed up with Crocs last summer to create a clog whose tops were fully decorated with realistic images of fried chicken and were topped with three-dimensional fried chicken drumsticks. The shoes sold out in just half an hour. And Instagram upcycler Nicole McLaughlin released a Crocs collaboration last fall that turned the shoes into a personal survivor kit, topping them with cording and a small pouch, in addition to fitting the shoe’s strap with a headlamp and embedding a compass into the strap’s hinge.