Balenciaga’s Runner now comes in the form of a ceramic sculpture

So you consider yourself the ultimate Balenciaga fan. You have a wardrobe full of Balenciaga cuts, your sneaker rotation is full of kicks, but do you have a fireplace laden with Runner ceramic sculptures? Not yet, but if Demna has anything to do with it, you will soon.

If there’s one thing we can all universally agree about Balenciaga shoes (sneakers in particular), it’s that they are divisive. When you recall, even the Sock Runner was “controversial” when it was released, and compared to some of the brand’s more contemporary releases; these are quite tame.

I’ll throw my hands up and say that I usually lean towards “too much” or “wtf” when a new figure drops. I was particularly guilty of this with the Track 2, only to go on and pick up a pair two years later, and honestly it’s one of my favorite sneakers on the market.

The same goes for the Runner, almost universally dubbed the Demna ASICS rip-off. While it’s pretty obvious that Balenciaga took inspiration from classic “dad shoe” runners, it’s still a unique take; and one of the best in their arsenal.

I say all of this to say, why wouldn’t we want a hand-sculpted ceramic version of a sneaker that might not be ugly?

For that lonely [email protected] on your own, Demna offers the Runner sculpture – a limited edition hand-sculpted and modeled ceramic and glazed porcelain craft, perfect for the ultimate Bali fan.

At $7,290, it’ll set you back a little more than the $1,150 sneaker, so empty your piggy bank and head to (select) Balenciaga’s physical retail spaces to grab one of your own.

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