Balenciaga is selling $250 lace-up earrings you can buy now – WWD

ByThomas J. Pawlak

Aug 16, 2022

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If you thought laces were just a functional shoe, Balenciaga proves you and all of us wrong. The brand has just launched a pair of classic-looking black laces with white lines, like you’d see on sneakers, but tied like a bow and shaped like an earring. According to Matches Fashion, “Balenciaga’s black bow earrings are crafted from laces, highlighting Demna’s ability to incorporate everyday objects into the house’s jewelry collection.” And for those wondering, no, you don’t have to pull the shoelace through your pierced ear – they have post-back ties to keep the bow intact and easy to put on and take off.

Not looking for lace bow earrings? The luxury fashion brand has continued to think outside the shoebox with a choker design made from the same cord that features a logo-engraved silver plaque for $450. While it’s safe to say that spending hundreds of dollars on shoelace jewelry might not be the best style investment, this isn’t the first time shoelaces have been suggested as a jewelry material. In the 1956 style book, What should I wear?American fashion designer Claire McCardell suggests readers create a look of their own, like tying a red lace around your neck as a choker and statement piece.

Looking to try the trend for less than luxury? You can still go the DIY route. After all, a shoelace is a common household item and this amazingly similar dupe can be purchased at Amazon for less than $10. Shoelace necklaces have gone viral as DIY fashion accessories on TikTok, with many wearing them as necklaces or loosely wrapped around the neck for a stacked look and then tied in the front. With a long, thin lace-up, the sky’s the limit for styling on your own, though Balenciaga’s bow-tie options are sure to make sartorial waves.

Balenciaga Shoelace Bow earrings


Balenciaga Shoelace Bow earrings

$250

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Balenciaga logo-engraved cord choker

Balenciaga choker


Balenciaga logo-engraved cord choker

$450

Buy now