2018 is seemingly the year of bizarre new fashion trends. Following ASOS’ crotchless jeans and the trend in Japan of low-rise underwear, Balenciaga have made available their 10-cm platform Crocs, after showcasing the garish shoe at Paris Fashion Week in October.
The Crocs were designed by Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga, with a chunky platform raising the height of the unsightly shoe by a few inches.
They became a hot topic of the fashion week collection last year, but many weren’t convinced it was enough to win them over.
However, the platform version of the shoes has now completely sold out before they were even released, despite a price tag of £600.
The shoes – boasting a 10cm platform – were available for pre-order on Barney’s website at the start of February.
Much to everyone’s surprise, they were all swiftly snapped up sold out in a matter of hours.
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Their popularity has shocked hundreds, with many flooding to social media to slate the shoes.
“$ 850 platform crocs – and they sold out – I don’t get it!” one person wrote, while a second raged: “If I see anyone walking around uni with the balenciaga crocs on i will chop their feet off so i don’t have to see those abominations ever again.”
“The Balenciaga crocs are honestly just disrespectful,” tweeted a third, as a fourth fumed: “Balenciaga have made crocs costing £850 and they’ve sold out instantly… this world is a sad place.”
The designer Crocs are adorned with several pins, including flowers, national flags, stars, animals and peace signs.
While Crocs are no doubt a comfortable shoe, a spokesperson for the brand said last year they wanted to “push the boundaries” of design.
Meanwhile, designer Demna Gvasalia told Vogue he’d only worn the shoe for the first time in the summer.
He explained: “It’s a very innovative shoe. 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 shoes come in a range of eye-catching colours – including pink, green, yellow and grey.