Who should buy the Balenciaga Speed 2.0

Continuing the trend of redefining sneakers, the Speed 2.0 lifts itself up from the normalcy of footwear without neglecting the essentials. If you find this shoe enticing, you must be:

  • A huge Speed Trainer fan looking for a doozy upgrade.
  • Into high-top kicks that are out-of-this-world in both color and style.
  • Missing something truly light and airy.
  • Looking for sneakers with sock-like comfort.

Who should not buy it

If the Speed 2.0's over-1000-dollar minimum asking price is too towering for you, check out the Balenciaga Speed Graffiti, which is about $200 cheaper. Also, you're better off sporting the Nike Flight Bonafide if you have wide feet.

Fresh update

Pampering your feet while feeling high-fashion is what the Balenciaga Speed 2.0 is all about. Here are a few details this better version has to offer:

  • For extra support and flexibility, the Speed 2.0's sole unit has been split into five segments.
  • It has a pillow-like terry cloth lining that offers super-soft cushioning.
  • This kick is constructed with stretchable 3D knit upper material. This technology strategically hugs the foot and ankle in areas where support is needed the most. 
  • It has a cushy insole suited for all-day street strutting.

Comfy to the nines

Numerous reviewers describe the Balenciaga Speed 2.0 as exceptionally cozy on the feet.

The almost weightless Speed 2.0

Many wearers love the Speed 2.0's barely-there weight. Some of them even compare it to wearing a pair of slippers.

Mesmerizingly sticky

Underfoot adhesion on various surfaces is one of the Speed 2.0's many wooing characteristics.

Ridiculously expensive

As expected from a designer brand, the Balenciaga Speed 2.0 is sold at a ridiculously high asking price (roughly $850 a pop). Case in point: the average price for high-top running-inspired sneakers is $170.

Fresh feet guaranteed

Like other knit sneakers, the Balenciaga Speed 2.0 is quite ventilated, reviewers say.

Balenciaga Speed 2.0: A mix-and-match gem

With its minimalist design, this running-inspired kick is very fashionable, say many sneakerheads. They also say that many outfits are quite easy to pair with it.

A could-be-roomier toe box

Bulky-toed individuals might find its pointy toe box a bit narrow.

Balenciaga Speed 2.0: Enduring the pushback

Balenciaga released the Speed Trainer in 2016, the same year the Balenciaga Triple S was launched. Many scrutinized its one-off look and an asking price that cost an arm and a leg. Some described the Speed Trainer as a scuba shoe, while some thought it looked like an ordinary sock seated on top of a rubber sole.

However, those with a KEEN eye for fashion gave the Speed Trainer proper attention and praise. With the help of celebrities, the Speed Trainer catapulted to popularity by mere sightings of it on their social media accounts. Several celebrities like the Kardashians were seen wearing this sock-like kick, which set the Speed Trainer on fire. 

For the brand's Summer 2020 collection, Balenciaga launched the Speed Trainer's successor with a new-ish moniker—the Speed 2.0. Without changing the overall look, the brand updated the rubber sole for a better underfoot experience.

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Minimalist, Sock
Top: High
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Balenciaga Speed
Closure: Slip-on
Material: Knit, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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Sheena is a wordsmith turned sneaker addict. Her sneaker fixation intensified as her passion for writing grew. A hands-on mom of two sweet yet spunky kids (plus three dogs and two cats), she finds solitude in leafing through shoe catalogs to find the next "it" sneaker. Scrutinizing hugely popular and underrated kicks is her favorite pastime.