Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers are fall’s most coveted of the class of shoes we’ve dubbed “ugly sneakers.” And though they retail for $800 a pair, the chunky kicks are practically impossible to find right now: they are sold out everywhere, and appearing on the aftermarket for upwards of $1,000 a pair. And now, they’re receiving the official stamp of sneaker hype: the knockoff. While the majority of fake sneakers on the black market are popular Nikes, Air Jordans and even Yeezys, this season Balenciaga has learned that even the most detailed designer sneakers are not impervious to imitators. And, no, we’re not talking about $35 dollar versions currently for sale at Zara. Right now, you can pick up impostor Triple S sneakers online at a discounted rate—and by discounted we mean, like, 40% off. Of $800. In one case, the faux versions of these designer sneakers carry their own designer price of $450.
That’s right: knockoff sneakers for $450. This year’s been a weird one in general, and especially in sneakers: the bigger, bolder, and more gaudy the sneaker, the more people seemingly want it. But designer sneakers that cost more than a pair of Common Projects low tops? That’s a whole new level of bizarre.
Now, we’d never in good conscience endorse a knockoff sneaker even if they were perfect 1:1 replicas, which these Balenciaga imitation kicks certainly are not. As far as we can tell from the photos, the knockoff versions, sold on a site called THEWAYYOUARE, don’t even really come close to nailing the layered, pre-dirtied soles of the authentic pairs. So, as usual, you get what you pay for. But dropping $450 on shoes that don’t even do the thing they’re supposed to do (i.e. look like the fancy shoes they’re imitating) is just plain ugly.
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