Fresh off the grand opening of its new flagship store in London, Balenciaga has once again turned its attention to crafting things for your home with its latest offering, the Runner sneaker sculpture.
Based on a size EU 42 Runner – which was one of Balenciaga’s key shoe styles in 2021 – this life-size, handcrafted and unyielding piece is crafted from glazed porcelain ceramic and weighs 1.4kg . Made in Switzerland in a limited run of just 20 editions, the piece is hand-carved before being fired, painted using a traditional Italian majolica technique to add worn details, then fired again.
Like the real sneaker, sporty layered textures, distressed fabric edges, exposed stitching and intentionally bubbling technical adhesive design elements adorn the sculpting all around. From a distance, it doesn’t even look like a sculpture, which might indicate why this incredibly limited piece costs $7,290, almost seven times more than the actual price of $1,150.
The sculpture is available for sale at Balenciaga boutiques in Beijing, Beverly Hills, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Monaco, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo, as well as online. Take a closer look at the sculpture above.
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