My 8-Month Look for $900 Balenciaga shoes Sneakers
Balenciaga shoe Calls, sneaker bots, and making friends with salesclerks: The Critical Shopper pursues the Balenciaga TripleS.
This column is normally structured in a prescribed way. It follows a set of rules: Visit the store, look at its offerings, and then give impressions. This isn’t how I shop, or most people. It’s a multi-faceted, longitudinal process. It can happen on the couch, on the phone, or in a shop. It’s about finding the right thing every time, as well asl the chance of being discovered.
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Shopping is often about failing
It is all about failing. Shopping is often about failing. I spend most of my time shopping unsuccessfully. This includes styles that don’t work, garments that don’t fit well, and wild goose chases.
I have been unsuccessful in my quest for one item, the Balenciaga Triple S sneakers in beige, green, and yellow colors, since last fall.
All those disappointments were a great case study of how we shop today. The collapse of the luxury market and streetwear-inspired drops, and the ways that the perfect-information promise made by internet commerce is a scam. How the hype cycle has become an unnavigable series of spikes and a long arc.
Not only a shoe but also an idea
The Triple S was revealed at Balenciaga’s fall 2017 runway show in January 2017. It looked utterly absurd. This is the kind of stylistic shock that makes people laugh and inspires copycats.
The silhouette is now accepted, scrutinized, and absorbed well over a year later. The style and one colorway attracted me to it. It reminded me of the early 1990s Nike tennis shoes.
They were commercially released in the latter part of last summer. It happened one night in September while driving along the Upper East Side. They were in the Balenciaga shoe store in Madison. They were mine a few weeks later when I returned to Balenciaga.
They were as heavy and beautiful as a Lalique vase, but as heavy as a small watermelon. Each shoe was approximately the same volume as my head. The floor pair was my size. I was surprised when they fit me well. They were aerodynamic. I was like a Kpop star.
In retrospect, it seems strange to imagine walking into a store and asking for my size. Balenciaga shoes Then, you pay, and then you walk out. Luxury sneakers were simpler in the fall of 2017.
I can remember most clearly from that day that the sales clerk was tall. He told me that the shoes were only for show, with a mixture of exuberance, and pity. They were sold out. I tried to leave my number hoping for a call. I never received a call.
It becomes unbearable when I desire something so badly. Good sense is lost when it comes to solving an impossible puzzle. I set up useless Google alerts, called Balenciaga customer support a few times, searched Grailed and eBay, and so forth. No dice.
By December, I was serious. I reached out to every Balenciaga shop in the country. I was met with snickering, helpfulness, and some telling me that they had already “presold” their restock order.
Unspoken-for pairs were available, but they weren’t in the colors I desired. balenciaga shoes One store, located in SoHo, stated that it would restock the stock and just put the items out on the ground.
I stopped by to look around with a friend and struck up a conversation with Maya, a young clerk who offered to help if my favorite colorway was ever back in stock. It almost certainly wouldn’t.
A few weeks later, I received a text asking me if I would be interested in the all-black version. It was a compromise but not terrible. On a rainy, filthy day, I went over to try them on. There were two options, one was more distressed than the other.
The more polished option felt more versatile and I believed it might be the answer to the question that I had been hearing for months.
It didn’t. It didn’t. I purchased a jacket I thought would look great with the sneakers that I was afraid I wouldn’t get. They were the subject of a podcast or two.
Pusha-T was wearing the Dover Street Market limited edition Triple S in my size. I thought about asking him to purchase them when he was done wearing them at a party in January.
Bootlegs and Bots
After a while, I was unable to satisfy my craving and decided to explore the world of bootlegs in search of a fake, either extremely credible or completely non-credible.
Small had what I felt was the new plus super of bootlegs. A shoe in the style and colors the Triple S but with “KANYE YEEZY” stitched where “BALENCIAGA” was supposed to be. Through a proxy service TaobaoAge, I purchased two pairs and a third pair (an imaginative version of the Yeezy350s) for $230. (Tmall is located in China.
The anonymous agents were my contact for six weeks between December and January. I kept in touch with them faithfully over email. They kept me informed about any stock shortages or slight differences in advertised items, and they followed up with order updates. This was the most satisfying and reliable human exchange I had ever experienced on this entire quest.
Three crushed shoe boxes were placed in a cardboard box with Chinese letters and taped together. They were poorly made, with paint in places it wasn’t supposed to be, and stitching that breaks apart. But they still make me smile every time I look at them. Balenciaga shoes They were my boots at MoMA’s January bootleg party, and nobody noticed.
Balenciaga also announced at the same time that it would shift production of the Triple S to China. Some changes were apparent when the 2.0 versions began to trickle out: The Chinese version is approximately a pound lighter per pair and less distressed than its predecessor. It’s a bit of a bootleg.
While I was still trying to find the Italian originals and sending numerous notes to one Grailed user selling the only pair in my sizes, I finally decided to go all-out to purchase a pair.
I created some columns in Tweetdeck and started keeping an eye on the underground network of bots and monitors who specialize in buying sneakers as soon as they become available online. I was particularly interested in the Twitter accounts @Bkantha1 (now @LINKSZN), as they seemed to have the most minimalist approach. I set up tweet notifications for each account.
A bit later, I started following a man who lived in Hong Kong in his late 20s. He has a surplus of cash, a penchant for using hashtags to vomit, and a growing interest in streetwear. Every tweet about a Triple S stock sale would be retweeted by him. To be notified when he did, I set up an alert.
My phone became a busy, frantic orchestra with notifications constantly ringing at all hours. I was awakened by an alarm several times and instinctively grabbed my phone to check if the screen was showing the right pair. Many times, I clicked through and was disappointed to discover that the pair was sold out.
One morning, while I was writing, I received an alert for Barney’s listing. It listed the black and pink women’s Triple S. I grabbed the largest size available and hoped they would fit. Balenciaga shoes felt like sausage casings when I tried them on after they arrived. They were so thin that I was afraid they would split if I had to run in them. They were returned to me in my grief.
A week before that, I had placed bids on StockX to purchase both the original and reissue version of my favorite colorway. StockX is a website that acts as a middleman for sneaker resale. The seller ships the shoes to StockX and the company verifies their authenticity before sending them to the buyer.
Excellent service for a snakers
This was an excellent service for a sneaker that is being aggressively bootlegged. And, judging from the photos on Chinese and Russian web shops, it’s at a reasonably high level. It is included in the price of your purchase.
My completely reasonable and not outrageous bid was accepted by someone in March. I was excited but a little wary. They arrived a few days later with a StockX tag hanging from the left shoe. They were gorgeous, but the toe boxes on the left shoe had a slightly raggedy stitch.
They were very similar to the ones I had bought in SoHo. YouTube had many videos that showed how to spot fake Triple S’s. There are tons of Jordans and Yeezys, but I couldn’t find any for these. The only ones I could find were made by bootleggers. (Nice try!)
They sat in my lap for several weeks, somewhat skeptical. They were eventually sold to me.
Success. It’s possible.
The deluge arrived in May. A random late-night notification led me to the Saks Fifth Avenue website where I found the exact pair that I was looking for. It never arrived. FedEx tracking page was a cruel taunt.
One day, the day before the alleged delivery, I went down from my apartment to meet a FedEx truck. It turned out to be a budget rental truck with a lot of boxes and two very harried workers trying their best to sort them. This was all around 9 p.m.
I assumed the package had been stolen by some observant handler along the route. After a few weeks of tracking purgatory, it began to move south. It ended up at Bal Harbour Saks, Fla., where the clerk who eventually issued my refund — albeit several weeks late — informed me.
But! But! I filled out paperwork to have them held for me in a hotel across the country. I returned home a few days later and bought them for $895. It was Maya’s final day.
It was not a prize, there wasn’t any celebration for completing this difficult task. I suddenly had the shoes and was longing for them. It had been months. My desire to acquire was replaced by an aesthetic need.
Dior Homme B22 and the Versace Chain
They were sought after, memed, played out and then forgotten. A new generation of bulky sneakers emerged, some even more bizarre: the Dior Homme B22 and the Versace Chain Reaction.
Nine months after I put the first pair of shoes on my feet, and was told they wouldn’t stay, they suddenly appeared everywhere. I was mocked in their ads on Instagram and in the ones that follow me across the internet. We are here! They are easily available! They are easily available!
Last month, however, I was wearing something bright and simple and realized I had the perfect pair of sneakers. The thrill of balancing around the Upper East Side Balenciaga shop while laced up wasn’t quite as thrilling.
The satisfaction came from something else, something like wearing something you have had for so many years that it has become a part of your everyday life.
Cara Delevingne Does Hollywood Glamorous on the 2023 Oscars Red Carpet
Cara Delevingne Makes Her Oscars Red Carpet Debut in an Eye-Catching Gown featuring a Thigh-High Slit
Delevingne will also serve as a presenter at tonight’s show. Cara Delevingne brought an old Hollywood glamour to Sunday’s 2023 Oscar red carpet.
At this evening’s award show, The Only Murders in the Building star, who is presenting, looked stunning in her daring red Elie Saab gown and Bulgari jewels. Her one-shoulder dress featured a thigh-high slit that showcased her platform Stuart Weitzman heels.
Delevingne took her glamorous style to the next level with a shimmery eye and bright rosy lip, finishing off with her hair pulled back off her face for an effortlessly stylish finish.
Delevingne, styled by Mariel Haenn and Rob Zangardi, got ready for her big night with hairstylist Danielle Priano and makeup artist Hung Vanngo. Vanngo used NakedBeauty MD Damsk Rose Revitalizing Gold-Infused Hydrogel Eye Masks to hydrate and plump Delevingne’s eyes – the ideal start to a glamorous night and the foundation for her makeup look.
Delevingne has been making waves on red carpets this awards season. She looked stunningly glamorous on the 2023 SAG Awards red carpet.
At the award show, model-actress Carolina Herrera, 30, stunned in an eye-catching long sleeve jumpsuit featuring plunging neckline decorated with large rosette appliques from their Fall/Winter 2023 collection. Additionally, this designer piece featured an overskirt which the star proudly showed off while walking down the red carpet.
Delevingne finished off her ensemble with black satin Casadei platform sandals and an amazing 74.73 carat necklace made of De Beers diamonds!
“Excited to be attending my first @sagawards tonight as part of the nominated cast of @onlymurdershulu!” she posted on Instagram alongside a picture of herself wearing the award show look.
Before the event, she shared on her Instagram Stories a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her beauty prep with Dior Beauty and celebrity esthetician Sarah Akram. To top it off, she donned bold brows and an intense red lip for full glam perfection.
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Delevingne has never shied away from making daring fashion statements at red carpet events. Last year, she graced the MIPCOM 2022 Fremantle photocall in Cannes wearing a flowy black minidress with sweetheart neckline and cutouts, paired with black heels with ankle-cuff detail and delicate jewelry. Delevingne kept her makeup understated but glamorous with a nude lip and glowing cheeks.
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The Only Murders in the Building star chose soft waves for her hairstyle, giving off an effortless aesthetic that complemented her breezy dress perfectly.
Delevingne also donned an all-black ensemble when she hit the red carpet at Paris Fashion Week last September.
Delevingne had earlier missed a New York Fashion Week event to honor her collaboration with late designer Karl Lagerfeld, Cara Loves Karl. However, she was present at the Paris party to commemorate this momentous milestone.
Delevingne donned an oversized tuxedo blazer adorned with a harness belt bearing her late designer’s name and atelier address. Finishing off the ensemble were red lips and thigh-high black boots.
On Thursday morning, Delevingne debuted another Cara Loves Karl ensemble on Instagram with a carousel of photos featuring an elegant black blazer, matching pants and classic pointed-toe pumps. She chose not to wear a blouse underneath the blazer to show off its plunging neckline.
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LA Outfielder Draws Shohei Ohtani and Justin Bieber Comparisons | Angels News
Draws Shohei Ohtani: Over the last couple of seasons, few MLB stars have garnered as much attention as Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels. His production and dominance on the field has not been replicated in recent history and he looks set for possibly the largest contract ever when he hits free agency.
Being an international athlete from Japan, some might say his stature grows twice as fast as the average professional athlete. He’s currently representing his home country in the World Baseball Classic and they have yet to lose an official game with him leading the charge. If he can even grow any bigger than this right now, imagine what kind of legacy his name will carry if Japan were to win this entire tournament!
Ohtani has long since outgrown the title of professional baseball player, and more accurately describes himself as a global icon. Despite never making the playoffs thus far in his career, opposing franchises know what to expect when they encounter him on the field.
Bieber has sold approximately 150 million records during his music career and earned 26 Billboard Music Awards. He has performed on multiple world tours across various parts of Europe, further increasing his international fame.
Whitefield’s comparison of Ohtani to Bieber is a fitting compliment, given that Ohtani has only been with the Angels since 2018 and Bieber first burst onto the pop scene in 2010.
Malaysia Denies Hong Kong Historic Asian Games Double Double in Squash
After Hong Kong China upset India 2/0 to secure the women’s Asian Games Team Championship Squash title for the first time ever, Malaysia denied them a historic double by coming from behind and winning 2/1 in an exciting men’s final at Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The women’s final was a repeat of a qualifying tie 48 hours earlier in which Hong Kong, the second seeds, prevailed 2/1 over third seeds India to take pole position in Pool B.
India won the rematch in the final after pulling off an incredible upset, ousting defending champions Malaysia – led by newly-crowned ‘Greatest Player of All-Time’ Nicol David – who were seeded to take gold for a third consecutive time.
Unfortunately for the third seeds, Sunayna Kuruvilla could not reverse the outcome as she lost four games to Ho Tze-Lok before talented left-hander Annie Au secured gold for Hong Kong by defeating Indian top string Joshna Chinappa 11-3, 11-9, 11-5 in 28 minutes.
“HK team manager Rebecca Chiu expressed her pride in the girls,” who played well under pressure, adding, “I’m delighted for them and they certainly deserved this success.” Pictured above is the women’s presentation group from the 2002 Asian Games – congratulations!”
Hong Kong and Malaysia both advanced to the Jakarta men’s final unbeaten, hoping for their first-time title triumph.
At one point, it appeared a double was on the way when Yip Tsz Fung put Hong Kong ahead with four games to one over Malaysian Ivan Yuen after coming through an epic 20-18 second game.
With Malaysia on the brink of a thrilling comeback, team number one Nafiizwan Adnan (pictured above celebrating his triumph) defeated higher-ranked Max Lee 11-9, 11-7, 11-7.
Malaysia’s second string Eain Yow Ng – at 20 years old the youngest player in the squad – had never faced off against Hong Kong opponent Leo Au, the 2018 men’s individual gold medalist.
But in his biggest match yet, the young Malaysian truly came of age when he shutout Au in three games – 11-7, 11-7 and 11-4 – over 36 minutes to bring home gold for Malaysia.
“As a team,” exultant Ng (pictured above with his team-mates in the men’s presentation group) after their seventh consecutive win in the championship. “We came into this tournament knowing that we could win and it proved true for us.”
“I always felt confident that Nafiizwan would deliver a point for us and was just focused on my own game. However, I also did my homework well – doing lots of video analysis and beating the individual champion despite not playing in it!”
“I didn’t want to give up in my third Asiad without a fight. After being on the losing team twice already, I really gave it everything I had. Of course there was pressure when Ivan lost, but pressure is like dessert and that’s something that excites me!”
On Squash team finals day at Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, IOC President Thomas Bach was honored as guest of honor. Pictured below, Bach can be seen receiving a presentation from Asian Squash Federation President David Mui (far right).
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