In 1919, Cristóbal Balenciaga established the Spanish house of Balenciaga and started what would become one of the most influential brands in global fashion.
Today, creative director Demna Gvasalia is at the helm of the Paris-based brand, and he continues to create collections that shift the fashion conversation. Much-loved by fashion insiders for the decorative details and unexpected materials that transform traditional silhouettes, Balenciaga is a fashion house that you want to have in your closet.
If this is the year that you bring Balenciaga into your wardrobe, read on for five new-season Balenciaga shoes and ways to style them.
1. Balenciaga BB Motif Slingback Ballerina Shoes
The Balenciaga BB Motif Slingback Ballerina shoes are a flat sole, slip-on, open back-style shoe comprising red and black leather and wool, forming a houndstooth pattern. This shoe has a vintage feel with its pointed toe (featuring a gold-tone BB motif) and slingback strap.
While they may look like the perfect office shoe (and they are!), you are guaranteed to find yourself also reaching for them during weekend trips, and anywhere else your evenings take you.
To nail the fresh out-of-office style, pair these shoes with an oversized cotton shirt, a Balenciaga contrast logo sweater, a Balenciaga bag, and a pair of high-waisted slim leg jeans in black or white.
2. Balenciaga Triple S Sneakers
One of the signature styles of contemporary Balenciaga, the Triple S sneakers have been spotted on fashion girls all around the world.
This season, if you are looking to hop on the ‘chunky dad trainer’ bandwagon, opt for this season’s grey and red leather color-way. Featuring an almond toe, hiking boot laces, a side embossed logo stamp, and a three-layered paneled sole, this pair of sneakers will ensure you stay one step ahead of the fashion pack.
For a casual weekend look, pair the Balenciaga Triple S sneakers with denim cycling shorts, a grey knit tunic, a leather saddlebag, and rectangular sunglasses. To get the full effect of this model-off-duty ensemble, keep your makeup light and dewy, and your jewelry minimal.
3. Balenciaga Knife Booties
Balenciaga is known for its ability to design contemporary styles that combine clean silhouettes with refined shapes. No shoe demonstrates this more clearly than the ankle-length, low-heel Balenciaga Knife booties which feature the Spanish house’s signature knife toe. While this silhouette has been popular for several seasons, now you want to be purchasing the grey checked fabric pair as they are the perfect transitional bootie.
As these shoes have a manageable kitten heel, they are perfect for days when you are running around but still want to look chic.
The Balenciaga Knife booties hit the ankle, which makes them versatile enough to wear with midi dresses and cropped pants. For the ultimate Balenciaga outfit, wear these shoes with a pussy-bow printed silk blouse, a white leather midi skirt, a Balenciaga Sharp XS leather shoulder bag, and a pair of the brand’s gold-tone and resin earrings.
4. Balenciaga Square Knife Bow Sandals
The shoes to wear if you often find yourself the life of the party, the Balenciaga Square Knife Bow sandals are created from a laminated silver-tone fabric ornamented with black velvet polka dots.
Designed with a square back, open toes, and a dainty ankle strap, these are just waiting to be your dancing partners. What makes these stand out from the rest of the other heeled sandals on the market is the oversized ’80s-style bow at the front, which looks gorgeous teamed with a hot pink pedicure.
Obviously, you can team these stunning shoes with your favorite cocktail dress or LBD, but you can also wear them more casually with a pair of high-rise straight-leg jeans, a printed cotton-jersey T-shirt, a checked wool blazer, and a pair of gold-plated earrings. The Balenciaga Shopping Envelope printed textured-leather clutch should finish off this look nicely.
5. Balenciaga Double Square BB Slingback Pumps
If you are looking for a classic pair of shoes that you can have in your wardrobe for years to come, then the Balenciaga Double Square BB Slingback pumps are the style for you. Expertly constructed, these black mid-heel pumps have a slingback strap, a square toe, and a gold-tone BB logo plaque.
For a sophisticated ensemble, style the Balenciaga Double Square BB Slingback pumps with an asymmetric polka dot dress, a Balenciaga Medium Sharp Monogram tote and a hair-scarf tied around your ponytail.
What do you think of the new Balenciaga shoe styles? Are there any that you are considering adding to your closet?
Let us know about your shoe-purchasing plans and any styling tips you have in the comments below!