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Have you ever wished you could combine the comfort of a sensible shoe with the trend of pumps after work? Your prayers may have just been answered – if you have the courage to rock what is perhaps one of the most controversial shots in recent memory.
See, Crocs with stiletto heels, a fashion choice that has come out of the shoemaker’s latest collaboration with Balenciaga for the fashion house’s collection spring 2022.
Shoes are a hot topic on Twitter
The new “pump” version of the foam padding seems to have its usual look, but with the surprising (and, if you ask something, disturbing) addition of a stiletto heel. The shoe’s debut shook social media and became a hot topic for many on Twitter.
“WE DON’T WANT IT,” one user said succinctly. A handful are pushing the brands to announce a release date. Most people do not surprisingly give it the meme treatment.
As strange a pairing as it may seem, this is not the first time that Crocs and Balenciaga have merged: their first partnership in 2017 saw the creation of an $ 850 pair of platform shoes that sold out before they even became official released according to W Magazine.
Cool enough for Bieber, comfortable enough for grandma
Is it possible that Crocs, an iconic sensible shoe loved by grandparents and toddlers around the world, is slowly legitimizing itself as a fashionable footwear option? The brand has already launched limited collections with high profile artists like Diplo, Justin Bieber, Bad Bunny and Post Malone.
Crocs also saw an increase in popularity after Nicki Minaj posted a photo of herself last month with a pink pair, which led to the shoe selling in most sizes, according to SheKnows. Some fans even claimed that the site crashed temporarily due to demand.
The prices of the latest offer from Crocs and Balenciaga have not yet been announced, but if history repeats itself, interested parties may start saving now. It’s not uncommon for Balenciaga shoes to sell in the thousands: as Yahoo News pointed out, the most expensive pair currently on the website costs $ 3,250.