Shoes with a sock-like aesthetic have been popping-up throughout the fashion world the past few seasons, but the Balenciaga Speed Trainer is the first pair to feature a full sock.
Instead of a conventional upper, this high-fashion item features a black tube sock with a rubber trainer sole. The effect is ultra sporty and dramatic. The original Speed Trainer has received many fast-fashion interpretations that feature a much more commercially appealing version of the sock sneaker. In response to this, Balenciaga has redesigned its fashion-forward shoe to be the most extreme version of the popular style. The redesign features minimal branding alongside the sole of the trainer, making for a laid back look. The Balenciaga Speed Trainer retails for $595.