Since hitting shelves in early 2016, the Balenciaga Triple S sneakers have become known as the quintessential high-fashion "ugly" sneakers. Their paneled mesh and leather upper—combined with that so-preposterous-it's-dope quadruple-welted sole—made them the seven-layer dip of the sneaker community, and they've been worn by fashion insiders, celebrities, and deep-pocketed folks with advanced taste in footwear. But now Balenciaga has introduced a new Triple S style that reins in the over-the-top vibe—don't worry, just a little bit—leaving a sneaker that's a little more geared to everyday wear.
In place of the mixed-media upper and wild color combos is a thinner nylon upper accented with suede details. Also gone: the highly visible Balenciaga logo, which on the new model is only seen on a small tag. One place something has actually been added to the design is the tongue, where in addition to the seemingly Skechers-inspired Triple S logo there is now the shoe's sizing (formerly stitched onto the toe), as well as a barcode—an inside-out move that harks back to designer Demna Gvasalia's days at Margiela, a brand known for putting its tags and stitches on the exterior of garments. The newly designed Triple S sneakers even come in an all-white iteration that in today's, uh, post–Triple S climate looks downright conservative. And if the not-even-minimalist new versions are a little too minimal for your liking, know that they come with not just one but three pairs of replacement laces in different colors. Even when chilled out, these sneakers will stay wacky