X-pander sneakers (Photo: Balenciaga)

After blockbuster successes with the Speed sock-boots and the Triple S composite giant sneakers, Demna Gvasalia’s latest Balenciaga must-have, the X-pander, hybridises the athletic and the futuristic—with the results looking like they were cooked up in a robotics lab. This mashing of unlikely codes is typical of Gvasalia’s approach: Often steeped in nostalgia on one hand and fearlessly forward- looking on the other. Under his stewardship, Balenciaga has been where the extreme and the everyday collide, where familiar things get twisted, turned and transformed. With the X-pander, he deconstructed retro running shoes and juiced them up with springy soles that could easily have come from a cyborg in Terminator. Whatever the inspo, he has turned the shock of the new into a frisson of desire. 

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The X-Pander is S$1,790 and is available at Balenciaga, #01-01 Paragon (tel: 6732 0207).