COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 10: Thora Valdimars wearing MUF 10 and Balenciaga bag and Jeanette Madsen outside Baum Und Pferdgarten on August 10, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

Consumers in the US are paying almost $700 for sock-sneakers

$595 to $695

Sock-sneakers are trending for fashionistas: Balenciaga’s Speed Trainers cost $595 to $695, if you can find them.

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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 10: Thora Valdimars wearing MUF 10 and Balenciaga bag and Jeanette Madsen outside Baum Und Pferdgarten on August 10, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
$595 to $695

Sports brands like Nike first popularized sock sneakers. Then luxury brands got in on the act, only to be copied in turn by mass-market fast-fashion companies.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 10: Thora Valdimars wearing MUF 10 and Balenciaga bag and Jeanette Madsen outside Baum Und Pferdgarten on August 10, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
$595 to $695

Balenciaga’s model—a simple black elastic ankle sock attached to a white sole—is sold out in many stores.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 10: Thora Valdimars wearing MUF 10 and Balenciaga bag and Jeanette Madsen outside Baum Und Pferdgarten on August 10, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
$595 to $695

For people who are not willing to spend almost $700 for a glorified sock, Zara has a knock-off for about $70.

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