Love it or hate it, Crocs is a footwear brand that is bound to get some kind of strong reaction. While some claim the shoes are the ugliest in the world, others find beauty in their many outrageous designs. The iconic clog company has recently teamed up with luxury company Balenciaga to create a high-heel version of the lumpy foam footwear. Crocs are not just known for their unique looks but also for all-day comfort, so why a high heel? Perhaps to make it more fashionable? Either way, according to CNN, the latest heel could set you back by nearly $1,000!
The stiletto Crocs come in green, gray, and black as part of Balenciaga’s Spring 2022 “Balenciaga Clones” collection. There's also a "high knee" version, which is more of a boot than a stiletto, reports Hype Beast. Whoever thought Crocs would eventually die a slow death, will be surprised to know that they're always reinventing... that too even in high fashion! This isn't the first time the two companies have teamed up.
In 2017 they created a chunky platform clog which completely sold out before they were even officially available! “It’s a very innovative shoe,” Balenciaga's creative director Demna Gvasaliaat said the time. “It’s light, it’s a one-piece foam mold and to me, these kind of techniques and working with these kind of materials is very Balenciaga.” Speaking to French Vogue, ahead of their first collaboration, he shared, "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. We'll see if this works in six months' time in the stores." It definitely made headlines and it looks like both companies were keen to collaborate again. He also praised Crocs for producing the "world's comfiest shoes". The previous Balenciaga x Crocs platform clogs cost US$850, reports LADBible.
The 10-centimeter platform Crocs made quite a statement when the foam shoes came out in 2018 in yellow, pink, green, and beige. In a press statement, Senior Vice President of Global Product and Marketing for Crocs Michelle Poole said, "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," adding, "as well as allowing us to tap into the excitement and energy that comes from unexpected partnerships."
The shoes are so polarizing and people have so much to say about the designs. During the pandemic, the shoes seem to have made more of an impact because of its designs. At the time Sonya Abrego, a New York City-based design and fashion historian, told USA TODAY comfortability and bold colors will have a lasting impact on what we wear as we move forward from the pandemic. "At first, there was almost a playful showing off of people’s comfy clothes during the pandemic," Abrego said. "Comfort will definitely stick around." According to the fashion expert, there will also be a preference for "aggressively colorful, neon and bright colors" (like the bright green Balenciaga Crocs and Diplo's neon tie-dye clogs) in the next few months to "make up for the fact that we lost a year of sticking to the minimal, comfortable looks."
Twitter users had a lot to add as well. demihunziker tweeted: I hate that crocs are starting to look cute to me cos I know I think they’re ugly. As for the new designs of a high heel, not many people were feeling it. jonathanbaj2 said: This makes my eyes hurt I won’t lie. maroongoonbeats pointed out: This defeats the purpose of them being comfortable. Even fans of the funky footwear brand weren't love the latest offering. Hovston added: I love crocs but a Balenciaga x Crocs collab is what we DON’T need. GlamIsWhoIAm08 mentioned: These are about to break some ankles! And they're ugly on top of that. Just why???
What do you'll think? Would this be something you'll would try?