Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi has jumped into the odd fashion bandwagon, gifting himself a pair of the Ksh.214,785 tattered sneakers by Balenciaga.
The comedian took to his Instagram shortly after receiving the package, showing off the distressed high-top shoes, dubbed the “distressed version”.
He subsequently, aside his candid shots, dropped an extravagant reel videodisplaying theatrics with the pair.
However, questions abound as to whether the pair are genuinely from the luxury fashion house.
For starters, the box that the comedian appeared to fish the tattered kicks from appeared too wrinkled, too old, and too beat to be a package from Balenciaga.
The shoes also looked a tad different from the pairs splashed by the luxury powerhouse on it website.
The tag ‘Balenciga’ cleary etched on the sole of the original pair was also, curiously missing from the pair Omondi shared.
The eyebrow-rising Paris High Top Sneaker were released on Monday, May 9, becoming the latest conversation starter from the fashion house.
According to the fashion house, only 100 pairs of “extra-destroyed” sneakers will be available to buy for $1,850. Approximately Ksh.215K
Meanwhile, the non-limited edition, and less roughed up versions, are being sold on the Balenciaga website for $495 and $625, depending on the specific style.
In a press release, the Paris-based brand said that the campaign photos show the shoes “extremely worn, marked up, and dirtied.”
It said the still-life portraits “suggest that Paris Sneaker are meant to be worn for a lifetime” — a point that feels especially relevant amid growing conversations around the fast fashion industry and the impact of overconsumption on the planet.