Demna Gvasalia‘s Balenciaga isn’t afraid of breaking the norm, but the house’s latest design oddity might be the most unusual item to drop since his tenure began — introducing the sneaker laser cube in crystal glass.
Taking some of Balenciaga’s most successful, intriguing, and iconic sneakers (notably the X-Pander, Triple S, Track Sneaker, and the Tyrex), the brand has immortalized them all in a laser-etched form. Using the bubblegram technique, these solid blocks of 3D crystal have been subjected to laser beams that generate three-dimensional images within, delivering a high level of detail that depicts the shoe as if it is floating.
These decorations were popular back in the 1990s and 2000s and were often found in gift shops, but today would be considered chintzy and passé — although that’s never stopped Balenciaga from bringing something back into the mainstream.
Here, the sneakers are joined with their respective logos above the shoe and Balenciaga’s moniker below, which is all housed in a 1.4kg, L4,33 x H3,93 x W2,16 inch cube. Each piece costs $650 USD and can be bought online or reserved for pick-up at your nearest Balenciaga boutique. Take a closer look at all four laser cubes above.
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