Size and fit

The Balenciaga Arena High is a men's sneaker. Based on the brand's recommendation, going a full size down will help attain the more optimum fit. Most of those who purchased, however, suggested that two sizes down worked well for them.

Even though the lambskin upper is plush and buttery, it conforms to the feet giving it a comfortable and supportive feel. It has the same extended lacing system, featuring D-ring lacing or matte palladium metal finishing loops, all the way to the ankles as it is hiking-boot inspired.

Balenciaga Arena High Style

One of Balenciaga's most identifiable designs and most iconic sneakers released is the Arena High. Although clad in a futuristic profile, these sneakers stay consistent with the Balenciaga style of still being a wearable piece. The minimal design remains to stand out because of the use of premium materials. The crinkled lambskin upper not only provides texture but is also strategic in a way to disguise the signs for continuous and long-term wear.

Because of its high-top silhouette, it is best to pair these with cropped pants to showcase the shoe fully. Unlike other models of luxury sneakers, these come in plenty of colorways, from neutral, to bright, to a gradient.

Notable Features

Although most sneakers, both high-end and mass-produced, have something to boast, it takes only a few to master the mix of design and excellent craftsmanship. The Balenciaga Arena High exhibits the perfect blend of very opposing qualities of rugged and luxurious. Its identifiable silhouette matched with wrinkled but opulent lambskin upper sitting atop a durable outsole and sealed with impeccable stitching makes these sneakers a head-turner. Every component makes the shoe distinguishable. Thus, there is no need to stamp these with loud branding.

Balenciaga Arena High History

For another respectable designer like Christian Dior to call one the "master of all," it only goes to show that Cristobal Balenciaga set the standards high. Born in 1895 in the Basque Country, Northern Spain, Balenciaga, early on, became highly influenced by fashion, being a son of a seamstress. At the young age of 22, he established his first Haute atelier, catering to influential people including the Spanish royal family and aristocracy.

The designer opened the House of Balenciaga in 1937 bagging more than 20 years of experience as a couturier. Balenciaga stood out from other designers and created an instant impact on both the press and his clients for being extremely knowledgeable in his craft, from the design process to finishing a garment.

Although starting with simplistic designs and bold hues, the designer eventually discovered his style and became well-known for Avante-Garde pieces that are translated to street style. One of his recent creations is the Balenciaga Arena, a much simplistic and minimal-designed sneaker compared to the more attention-grabbing Triple S.

Additional Info

  • The matte outsole features a wavy pattern to provide traction.
  • The metal tab with guillochet seen at the front of the shoe complements the metal lacing system and adds flair to its overall design.
  • A long list of celebrities was seen sporting the Balenciaga Adidas High. Some of them include Kanye West, Usher, Tristan Thompson, and Rihanna.

Facts / Specs

Style: Minimalist
Top: High
Inspired from: Hiking
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA
Season: Spring, Fall
Features: Designer

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.