Rarer Than Rare

Balenciaga adds a limited-edition footwear sculpture to its Objects range
By Bailey Slater | Fashion | 29 March 2022

Have you ever wanted to own a piece of literal design history? An item that transcends art and fashion while doubling as a showstopping centrepiece for your living room? Let us acquaint you with Balenciaga’s Objects range.

Produced outside of the seasonal fashion calendar, the Balenciaga Objects line was first launched by Demna back in November 2020 with a life-sized Balenciaga Track sneaker, cast in silver metal and repurposed as a sculpture. Manifesting in many different and wonderful forms ever since, from everyday items like champagne glasses and logo-clad blankets to exclusive artworks and gingham table cloths taken straight from the table of a fancy bistro, the designer has even got us sorted on long journeys with some voluptuous neck cushions. 

But of all these fascinating articles, we think the Balenciaga Runner Sculpture might be the rarest of them all, with just 20 units available in Balenciaga stores across the world, including residences in Beijing, Beverly Hills, Monaco, Shanghai and the brand’s new London flagship in New Bond Street.

The sculpture repurposes the brand’s signature Runner shoe as a glazed ceramic statue. Modelled, cut and painted by hand, an Italian maiolica technique has been used to capture flourishes of the shoes’ purposely worn and well-loved make-up, be that distressed fabric edges and uneven textures provided by exposed stitching, or even a couple of unexplained scuffs that break up the trainer’s gleaming all-white exterior.

Find out more about the Balenciaga Runner Sculpture at balenciaga.com

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