Posted on May 31 2021
What Is Balenciaga?
Balenciaga is a luxury fashion house that was founded in 1917, by Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga.
The brand is known for its innovative designs and exceptional attention to detail.
It is a timeless part of the haute couture scene in France - which features exclusive, high-end fashion made and is typically unusual, custom-fitted, and very expensive.
Cristóbal Balenciaga changed the fashion scene in 1950’s France and popularized loose-fitting, flowing clothing without tight waistlines.
His journey started in a small fishing village called Guetaria where he was born. He grew up helping his mother with seamstress work, where his love of fashion developed.
His work was respected and admired by designers all around the world, and he left behind a timeless legacy following his 50-year long career in fashion.
He met Marquesa de Casa Torres (the most elegant and prominent woman in the area) in his teens, and she shortly became the face of many of his early creations.
He was his client as well as mentor and sent him to Madrid so he could complete formal tailoring training and grow his skills.
Since Cristobal Balenciaga retired in 1968 and the fashion house closed, Balenciaga became a major player in the world of luxury footwear - specifically, trainers.
Each and every trainer design by Balenciaga features top-quality material and a luxury design. For example, the Balenciaga Arena Leather High Top Sneakers.
These lace-up sneakers are made in Italy. They feature a leather interior with leather insoles and can set you back hundreds and hundreds of pounds.
Due to the popularity of Balenciaga trainers, there are plenty of fakes out there - so it’s important to be careful and be very wary of Balenciaga trainers that cost as little as £200.
New footwear is coming out all the time, and one of the most popular new additions to the footwear world is the Balenciaga Speed Sock.
The launch of these shoes was a big hit, and influencers still ride the hype of the sock sneaker.
The Balenciaga sock shoes are essentially sneakers with a sock-like design. The oversized sole adds a modern appeal to the shoe, giving it an athletic style.
Because of the Balenciaga logo and the quality construction, these shoes can set you back anything from £400.
How To Clean Balenciaga Trainers
Trainers always look better when they’re fresh, but they never stay fresh very long. The only way to keep trainers spotless is by keeping them in a glass case - and what’s the point in that?
If you want to flaunt your Balenciaga at festivals, events, and even on walks to the shop, it’s important to learn how to clean them in the best possible way without inflicting any damage.
If you stain your trainers, it’s best to work on removing the stain as quickly as possible before it sets into the material and becomes permanent.
Cleaning The Soles
An unfortunate fact about shoes is that they can get smelly - especially with sporty, athletic footwear.
Our feet have over 250,000 sweat glands and sweat is the main cause of shoe odour.
This makes it important to regularly clean the insoles of your shoes for a hygiene boost - especially if you wear them often or if you wear them without socks.
One method involves simply removing the insoles after wearing and leaving them to air dry overnight to remove any unpleasant scents.
However, this isn’t always effective, and sometimes a deeper clean is needed.
In this instance, you can create your own mixture using half water and half white, distilled vinegar.
Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and will get rid of any bacteria in the shoes, and help to eliminate odour.
Spray this homemade mixture onto the insoles and the shoe lining, and let it air dry.
You can let it soak for a few hours if they smell really bad, and then add baking soda and leave overnight.
A non-messy way of cleaning the insoles of your Balenciaga runners is by placing a couple of teaspoons of baking soda in a plastic bag, and putting the insoles in the bag for a few hours or overnight.
Canvas trainers can get dirty quite easily, but thankfully, they’re also pretty easy to clean.
The easiest way to clean canvas Balenciaga runners is by gently rubbing the trainer with a soap-soaked cloth or toothbrush.
If you come across any stains, use a mixture of water and baking soda or washing powder and gently rub it onto the stain.
Leave the solution to set for a few minutes, and then clean again using a damp cloth. You can repeat this if the stain persists.
Leave the trainers to air dry (preferably overnight) before wearing them again - if you wear them while they’re still wet, they can start to smell.
Leather can be sensitive to certain products, so be careful what you put on your leather Balenciaga runners.
You can follow the same steps as above, but instead of detergent, use professional leather cleaning milk.
If you don’t have any leather cleaning milk and can’t find any in your local shop, you can use diluted bleach (very diluted as bleach can cause discolouration), white vinegar, or diluted hair shampoo.
Toothbrushes work well on leather, but don’t brush too hard as leather can be vulnerable to damage.
If you have a leather balm, use that afterwards to keep the leather hydrated and looking fresh and clean.
Can I Put Balenciaga Runners In The Washing Machine?
Although you can put your trainers in the washing machine and they’ll come out clean, they could also come out damaged.
The standard setting on most washing machines can be too harsh on trainers - even quality trainers from Balenciaga.
Some washing machines have a setting for shoes, but even this can run the risk of damaging your trainers - and for expensive Balenciaga runners that cost hundreds of pounds, it’s simply not worth the risk.