by Stephen Garner

Kith will be the worldwide exclusive launch partner for Balenciaga’s new Runner sneaker. The luxury brand has issued 650 preview models across three colorways that will be available exclusively at Kith for a limited time.

The Runner takes a DIY approach, combining an amalgamation of running footwear elements and applying them to one shoe. The style is reimagined with a one-of-a-kind, handmade vintage look-and-feel as raw cuts, stitches, and glue are seen throughout a mesh and leather upper. The updated sole comes from the brand’s iconic Track silhouette and features “Runner” branding on the lateral side. Circling the opening is a row of punched holes, while mesh, nylon, and injection-molded polyurethane are pieced together in a pre-worn aesthetic. The sole highlights Balenciaga’s focus on comfort and technology. A pull tab is seen at the heel while the tongue features the classic Balenciaga logo. Lastly, each model features custom Kith & Balenciaga-branded dubraes that denote the 650-limited edition number.

This style retails for $1,090 and is available in black, white, and gray/burgundy colorways.

The Balenciaga Runner – Kith Exclusive releases Friday, July 16th exclusively at all Kith shops and on