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.
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.
Balenciaga’s model—a simple black elastic ankle sock attached to a white sole—is sold out in many stores.
For people who are not willing to spend almost $700 for a glorified sock, Zara has a knock-off for about $70.