Posted on February 28 2022
Balenciaga is one of the most well known names in the fashion industry. Historically, Balenciaga was known for their luxury feminine designs - however, in 2022, Balenciaga is most recognised for their selection of stylish and modern footwear.
Balenciaga Tracks are one of the most popular Balenciaga footwear designs, characterised by their chunky design and thick soles. However, not everyone knows how to style them.
If you’re considering purchasing a pair of Balenciaga Tracks or you want to show off your new pair, then we’ve got you covered - keep reading to find out what clothes pair well with the classic Balenciaga sneakers.
Brief Background to Balenciaga
Balenciaga is one of many luxury fashion brands, known for their quality and stylish designs and more recently, their stylish footwear.
The Balenciaga label was created back in 1917 by Cristóbal Balenciaga, a Spanish designer. He spent his childhood in a small fishing village in Getaria, and grew up helping his mother with seamstress work.
The sewing machine he and his mother used actually took pride of place on his mantelpiece as Cristóbal grew up. When he was 12, he began an apprenticeship with a tailor that allowed him to climb the design ladder.
He began connecting with socialites and expanding his network, working with Marquesa de Casa Torres - one of the most famous women in his town. She became the face of his earlier designs, before he went on to start his own label.
Cristóbal Balenciaga was unlike many other designers of the time as he was able to sew, cut, and pattern his designs. This, combined with his eye for detail and creativity, gave him the edge he needed to become one of the most well known names in the fashion world.
He worked with the Spanish royal family, with the aristocracy quickly wearing iconic Balenciaga designs - which naturally raised the reputation of the Balenciaga brand.
It has been at the heart of the Haute Couture scene for almost a century, and celebrities, influencers, and even royalty have worn the luxury label.
Although the label was created in 1917, the first Balenciaga couture house didn’t open until 1937. Soon after opening the fashion house. Balenciaga became known as the ‘King of Fashion’. In fact, Christian Dior referred to Balenciaga as ‘the master of us all’.
After Cristóbal Balenciaga passed away in 1972 at the age of 77, Jacques Bogart took over the company - however, it was left for 14 years following Cristóbals death.
Currently, Demna Gvasalia is the Creative Director of the fashion house. His pieces are typically influenced by sportswear styles, focusing on both comfort and practicality. However, he still manages to incorporate the original Balenciaga luxury style.
What Are Balenciaga Tracks?
Balenciaga Tracks are one of the most popular shoe designs by Balenciaga, balancing comfort and practicality while encapsulating the classic Balenciaga luxury style. In 2022, Balenciaga is known primarily for their quality footwear options, and Balenciaga Tracks are up there with the best.
They are characterised by their chunky sole and retro appearance. Chunky shoes have been in fashion for a while, and aren’t expected to go out of style any time soon. The panelled design combined with the thick soles combine well to create a retro feel.
Because the sole is so thick, the shoes are comfortable - which some users say that it feels like walking on clouds. They can be used for a variety of reasons, whether you’re on a morning jog, you’re shopping with friends, you’re out for lunch, or you’re working out at the gym.
Tracks feature a variety of materials for that luxury look. These trainers are super comfortable thanks to the thick foam cushioning. There is a sporty-style reinforced rubber outsole, which adds an extra layer to the luxury shoe. The construction of the Balenciaga Tracks is all-round impressive.
They have a more lightweight design than the Balenciaga Triple S, making them suitable for everyday wear as well as sports wear. There is a reflective print on the heel of the trainer, creating high visibility in night-time conditions.
Balenciaga Tracks Sizing Guide
Balenciaga is European, which means that most retailers will sell Balenciaga Tracks with European sizing. These shoes come with accurate sizing - however, you may find that they’re a little larger than other brands such as Adidas and Nike, which is the case with many luxury shoes.
Where possible, you may get a better fit if you size down by half a size. However, purchasing shoes in your regular size should be a good enough fit.
If you’re confused about European sizing, we have you covered. If you’re a size 7 UK, then you should get a size 40-41. If you’re size 8, then get a size 41-42 - etcetera.
Balenciaga Tracks Styling Guide
Balenciaga Tracks should be the focal point of any outfit, which means that you should design your outfit around your trainers instead of matching your trainers with your clothing.
The colour of the clothes you wear with your Tracks ultimately depends on the colour of your shoes. If you struggle to colour coordinate without checking a colour chart, then you may be better off opting for plain black Tracks, or a crisp white pair.
The track is a sporty style shoe, so naturally it would look great with a sporty outfit. If you have a feminine style, why not wear cycling shorts and a baggy tee, or a cropped top? These stylish sneakers also pair well with leggings and joggers.
However, these aren’t limited to sporty attire. You can wear Tracks with pretty much anything, but be wary of clashing colours and patterns. One thing to note is that Tracks don’t always look great with skirts and dresses - it can be difficult to pull off trainers with skirts. Not everyone can do it like Lily Allen did back in the 2000’s!
Other Balenciaga designs are likely to complement your Balenciaga tracks, such as stylish Balenciaga handbags. Have a browse at these stylish Balenciaga pieces here.