The sneaker with Balenciaga becomes art.
Una Runner size EU 42 — Balenciaga’s key sneaker from 2021 — this life-size, handmade, non-deformable piece is made of glazed porcelain and weighs 1.4 kg. Produced in Switzerland in a limited edition of only 20 editions, the piece is hand-carved before being baked, painted using a traditional Italian Majolica technique to add those worn, vintage-toned details, and then baked again.
Like genuine sneakers, layered sports textures, worn fabric edges, visible seams, and adherent technical design elements embellish the sculpture at 360 °. From a distance, it doesn’t even look like a sculpture, which might indicate why this limited piece costs $7,290, almost seven times more than the sneaker’s price of $1,150.
The sculpture is available for purchase in Balenciaga stores in Beijing, Beverly Hills, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Munich, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, and online.