The Fashion Industry Is Still Trying To Make Crocs Happen

Photo Via Balenciaga's Facebook.

Taking the shoe to new heights

In the beginning of August, I wrote a story titled “What Fashion People Think About The Return Of Crocs,” where I asked readers to check in come September to see whether or not Crocs would manage to make their way onto yet another runway. Admittedly, I wrote that as a joke. Of course, Crocs are hideous; of course, fashion was playing a weird sadistic joke on us by trying to convince the world otherwise. And then, Balenciaga happened.

This weekend, while showing during Paris Fashion Week, designer Demna Gvasalia brought the divisive shoe to new heights literally. The new creation is called the “Foam” and is a 10-centimeter platform shoe with little trinket embellishments. They’re Crocs on acid, basically, and they will be available come spring in a variety of colorways.  

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and yet, I am still not convinced of Crocs’ even if they’ve been deemed worthy of a Balenciaga runway. In fact, the most egregious part about taking common man’s shoes and making them fashion is that a product once worth $34.99 will now likely have a price tag 10 times that just because a high-end brand decided to bring them to Paris.

Crocs, the company, isn’t doing so well, and this is a surefire way for them to bounce back. Though that doesn’t mean we, as consumers and self-respecting individuals, have to necessarily buy into it.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.