Balenciaga teases 'Steroid' boots could appear in Spring 23 collection

Rachael Grealish November 22, 2022
Balenciaga teases 'Steroid' boots could appear in Spring 23 collection
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Some items in Balenciaga’s Spring 2023 collection are available to pre-order already but one thing some fans want to see is the infamous “Steroid” boots popularized by Kanye West.

The Spring 2023 collection made its first appearance on the world stage in May at this year’s New York Fashion Week, when a brand collaboration with Adidas was also announced.

Ye’s commitment to “uber boots” was patently obvious during the event when he – among other models on the runway – stepped out in Balenciaga’s “Steroid” boots.

Balenciaga debuts Spring 2023 collection

It appears the label’s creative director, Demna Gvasalia, has pulled out all the stops with the Spring 2023 collection. On May 23, Balenciaga took to the runway of NY Fashion week to reveal a collection of “super-exaggerated proportions.”

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The whole collection was described by TZR as being about “the relentless, profit-driven churn of America, but also its citizens’ relaxed and casual attitude toward life as a whole.”

Balenciaga teases ‘Steroid’ boots could be in shops soon

Although a release date for the iconic boots has yet to be announced, it has been rumored on Twitter that they will be coming out “very soon.”

Gvasalia has dropped a hint the “Steroid” boots will be available to purchase when the rest of the collection drops next month. The creative director posted a picture on his Instagram of a model wearing the boots and stated the “collection is available for preorder now” and would be “available in stores in December.”

A number of items are already available to purchase from Balenciaga’s Spring 2023 collection online including a pleated dress for £4,450 ($5,290), an oversized jacket for £2,450, and an oversized trench coat for £3,150. There’s no sign of those oversized boots yet, however!

‘Steroid’ boots feature ‘super-exaggerated proportions’

Although the boots aren’t yet available to preorder – at least yet – there are a few details released from the show notes from their debut in May.

TZR reports: “Steroid boots and derbies are thick in volume but lightweight, made from a single mold using super-exaggerated proportions.”

From a sneak peek via High Snobriety, the boots appear to come in two colors, black and gray, and two styles. Ye and most models were spotted sporting mid-shin-length boots but the images below reveal a shoe with a similar outsized toe:

‘Uber-boots’ popularized by Kanye

It’s no secret Ye is a fan of big boots as he was spotted wearing a chunky pair of Red Wing boots this year while out and about with ex-girlfriend Julia Fox.

West was also spotted rocking Balenciaga’s “croc boots” last year.

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Rachael is the Senior Content Editor at Freshered. She is NCTJ qualified with an MA in journalism. Rachael has almost ten years experience as a journalist in regional, national and international press and is passionate about creating engaging content.