Shoe Spotlight: Balenciaga Triple S Sneakers

Demna Gvasalia has always been intrigued by oversized silhouettes. At Vetements, it was a close-to-ideal dialogue between couture and streetwear. But offerings were primarily designed for the young who dance around somewhat the same tune. And then, in 2015, he was appointed the creative director at Balenciaga. With this prized position also came the opportunity to cater to a wider following and precisely decipher the touchstones of high-end luxury. 

In 2017, for the brand’s Fall collection for men, Gvasalia went corporate but with his quintessential nonconformist attitude. Paired with ankle-length overcoats, roomy jackets, and low-rise trousers was a pair of sneakers that later ushered a significant shift in the sneaker landscape but instantly kindled a fashion debate—like or dislike the dad sneaker. 

Balenciaga Triple S: Your Sneakers Just Got Chunkier

Balenciaga Triple S sneakers are the ne plus ultra of the dad sneaker trend (or, as some call it, the ugly sneaker trend). They are pretty close to the ones your dad used to wear back in the day except, Triple S brings along a touch of luxury, inimitable craftsmanship, and an exorbitant price tag.

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The pair was designed in collaboration with the celebrated footwear designer David Tourniaire-Beauciel. David is known for his collaborations with famous names such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Martin Margiela, Phoebe Philo at Chloé, and Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy. Having worked together before at Martin Margiela, Demna invited David to design a shoe for Balenciaga that was big and unique. End result of this creative partnership? The monstrous Triple S sneakers.

Aesthetics, Construction, Evolution

Halfway between a running and a hiking shoe, Triple S evinces the streetwear undertones of Gvasalia’s designs and the functional sensibilities of David’s approach to footwear. Fashioned in a chunky silhouette with broad toes and signature branding on the side, the shoe reps comfort and abounding style.

Balenciaga Triple S SneakersLeather and a mix of fabrics are primarily used to craft the exterior of the shoe, making it flexible and easy to wear. At the bottom sits a triple-layered sole that bestows both height and durability. Because of this tripartite sole, the shoe was named Triple S. The laces are characteristically two-toned and the shoe size is conspicuous on the toes. 

Extremely popular with celebrities, the shoe has been spotted on Pharrell Williams, Rita Ora, Rihanna, Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, and a long list that goes on & on. Innovating the face of the shoe while still evoking its streetwear spirit, Balenciaga has, ever since the release, unveiled Triple S in a profusion of bold hues, quirkier colorways, and in an experimental split design version.

Changing Your Footwear Game One Pair At a Time

Below we have cataloged a few Triple S sneakers that are so gorgeous you’ll stop and stare at them for a while before hurriedly carting them away:

What Is It About the Balenciaga Triple S That Makes It So Desirable?

When the pair was released four years back, many announced that the style was just de rigueur and will undoubtedly fade away with time. However, today the trend that Triple S started has reached a stratum where every brand is competing to join in and steer it to an even higher mark. 

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Balenciaga Triple S is a wild and rebellious pair of shoes whose spirit lies in comfort. And the surprise is its aesthetics—a contemporary work of art. The ingenious design of the sole and the hefty construction doesn’t sound very groundbreaking per se, but the charisma overwhelmingly pierces in upon a closer look or by actually wearing it. It’s a pair that appealed equally to both hypebeasts and fans of luxury fashion. Triple S carries an aura of unpredictability, has a specific energy, and balances form and function in the trendiest way.  

If we had to name brands that are genuinely changing the norms of fashion in today’s time, Balenciaga would unquestionably be among the top ones. Triple S is just one of the many unique creations that this Parisian brand has gifted to the world of fashion in recent times. Other designs by Demna that laid the strongest impact count the Track sneakers, Speed sneakers, and the Hourglass bag. 

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Neelma Tiwari

Fashion Content Executive

Having an affinity for writing about anything that spells Fashion, Neelma likes to infuse figurative expressions in her work as it gives her an opportunity to represent things in a unique light. A reader and a rover, collecting imperfection to create something perfect is her way of doing life!

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