Balenciaga‘s Speed Trainers caused quite a stir when they first released. The hype factor for them was definitely strong as pairs flew off shelves and pretty much anyone who was adept at flexing their style on Instagram was quick to flaunt theirs. Even Zara and N.D.G Studios got on the sock-sneaker hype by producing similar looking designs. Now, regardless of whether Maison Margiela is doing copycat versions, its renditions are a bit more luxurious in terms of construction.
The 22 Glove Sock Sneakers are made from ultra-supple leather and are fitted with sturdy rubber soles. To keep the design looking streamlined, the pair is finished with hidden Velcro fastenings rather than zippers. Ironically, Balenciaga’s Speed Trainers cost more at around $595 USD retail. Margiela’s 22 Glove Sock Sneakers hold a price tag of $529 USD for both black and white pairs which you can cop at END right now.