The ‘Speed’ and ‘X-Pander’ models continue the aesthetic evolution of the brand, which has reopened its store in Florence

[On the cover: Balenciaga Speed 3.0]

Revolution or evolution? The former had already started a few years ago, the latter is still in progress and the most recent step coincides with the ‘Speed 3.0’ model, launched at the end of February and the third generation of the ‘Speed Trainer’, characterised by aerodynamic design and lightness. The undisputed pluses of the shoe are its patented triple arch and form-fitting 3-D knit. A perfect example of the ‘sock sneaker’ and an expression of ‘Made in Italy’ mastery.

Another flagship model of the spring/summer 2021 collection is the ‘X-Pander’ with its futuristic sole with a spring in the heel. These shoes are the stars of the Florence store, which reopened in March in the new location in Via de’ Tornabuoni that combines elements of the existing building’s structure with cutting-edge architectural interventions.