Balmain designs the B-Runner sneakers with an athletic and elegant silhouette
While everyone is getting down to biking these days, running remains another popular outdoor workout. Much like cyclists getting ready for their next ride, your shoes might need an upgrade as well. For the fashionable gentlemen, Balmain lets you equip yourself with the B-Runner. As the name suggests, it is designed for activity, but also quite stylish as a casual outfit.
Instead of going for a full athletic aesthetic here, Balmain gives the sneakers a somewhat understated design. We can spot hints of a futuristic theme, but not too many to make it sound garish. To meet our varied chromatic tastes, the B-Runner collection is available in several colors.
Don’t worry because this one will surely suit your style. These running shoes feature a mix of materials for the upper. The luxury label indicates the use of synthetic fabrics, leather and rubber for this silhouette. The combination of a sleek, chunky outline may have its detractors, but we find that it gives kicks a unique appeal.
Another interesting aspect of the B-Runner is the way Balmain plays with textures. You start with a typical mesh surface that gradually transforms into a leather panel with grommets. What follows is a transition to a translucent layer and ends with a pleated heel section.
Two zippers – one on the tongue and the other on the heel collar – allow you to put it on easily. To secure it before a race, Balmain relies on an asymmetric lacing system. The zipper curves inward as you approach the big toe. Finally, the B-runner features a brand badge on the lateral side of the midsole.
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