For an “it” brand with a ton of aesthetic interest and inspiration in its ready-to-wear, Balmain just can’t seem to lock up its shoe and handbag game. The brand’s first bags were largely disappointing, and recent shoes have faired about as well.
One of Balmain’s latest offerings, the Balmain Crystal Chain Sandal, is certainly no better. It has about as inspired as a prom shoe from 2003, but at least your average prom shoe doesn’t cost $2300. And yet, I’m sure that this shoe will sell out before it ever hits a sale rack. It’s Balmain.
I don’t dislike the crystal-studded chains, but it’s hardly the first time that I’ve seen such a thing in the past year, and for the money, I’d expect a much more inventive implementation than a few straps that literally make up the entire shoe. There’s absolutely no personality to be found here, and the only message the design seems to be sending is “I have too much money and not enough taste.” Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $2300.