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Balmain Subverts From Traditional Sneaker Design With New Unicorn

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Balmain’s Unicorn is the latest silhouette to join the house’s experimental array of sneakers.

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With sculptural flair and a unique construction, the new, dynamic sneaker is an example of creative director Olivier Rousteing’s 

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Tapping into the futuristic aesthetic of Blade Runner as well as inspiration drawn from Don Aronow’s aerodynamic speed boats,

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the conceptual sneaker combines layers of angled shapes to create a stacked yet streamlined silhouette.

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Using the house’s innovative tech, the curved sole is crafted from eight sectional molds that come together to encase the brand’s shock absorber cushioning system.

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Across the body of the Unicorn the tiered look is continued with loop-shaped panels of matte rubber which are placed on top of the sneaker inner.

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As seen on a number of Balmain campaigns, these panels are playfully variegated with iterations in black, beige and electric tones.

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The Unicorn is available to buy now on the Balmain website, with prices starting at $1,195 USD.