For many, Crocs is considered as one of the lamest pair of shoes. But in an outrageous spectacle for Paris Fashion Week, streetwear fiend Demna Gvasalia shows us that he’s still the king of audacious DIY. For Spring 2018, mixed patterns ruled the runway with patchwork, reconstruction, and newspaper prints. A dash of tough love was affixed with chains and spiked heels, along with the comeback of whimsical graphic spandex legging boots and trousers that were reminiscent of a classic landscape painting.
The collection was anything other than ordinary for a Sunday morning show and by the end of the dimly-lit setting, models emerged in platform Crocs. Fluid, feminine dresses were juxtaposed with the eccentric footwear, transforming the drab to fab. Knowing the Georgian designer, his take on this iconic slip-on was spun into something bold. He utilized the customization that the shoe line has to offer as Balenciaga’s Crocs were accented with pins attached to the perforated upper, which included the fashion house’s very own logo.
The Spanish fashion empire is reportedly teaming up with the shoe manufacturer for a limited edition collection that elevates the classic shoe into a 10-centimeter platform called the “Foam”. Backstage, Gvasalia illustrated how he found Crocs to be modern. “It’s a very innovative shoe. It’s light, it’s a one-piece foam mould and to me these kinds of techniques and working with these kinds of materials are very Balenciaga,” the designer shares with Vogue. “In the future you will be able to 3D print them at home because they are all one piece.”
Known as a purveyor of street trends, it’s not far off that Gvasalia might actually turn the once considered dowdy Crocs into the season’s It accessory. With this exciting collaboration in mind, it only begs the question for Spring, would you wear these designer Crocs?