6 Alternatives To Those Balenciaga Sneakers (The Ones That Look Like Socks)

Best Balenciaga Sock Sneakers Alternatives For
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* Balenciaga Speed Knits aren’t the only “ones that look like socks”
* Find affordable sock sneakers from brands like Adidas and Steve Madden
* Futuristic cool for men and women

Balenciaga’s Speed Knit sneaker has become a trend-setting bestseller, and not just because they look cool. Cardi B gave the kicks a shoutout in her song “I Like It” (“I like those Balenciagas, the ones that look like socks”), which made the already popular sneaker a modern classic. Needless to say, if you can afford the Speed Knits, we highly recommend picking up a pair.

White Sock Sneaker Balenciaga Image courtesy of Nordstrom

Although we would all love a pair of Balenciaga Speed Knits (Balenciaga anything for that matter), they’re definitely a pricey shoe that most of us can’t afford. But if they’re not in your budget, don’t abandon hope of nailing that futuristic sock sneaker look. We found a handful of alternatives to the Balenciaga Speed Knit that offer the same ultra-modern look for a fraction of the price. Check them out below.


1. BP. Trak Sock Sneaker

These BP. kicks offer a slightly different take on the sock sneaker with ribbed fabric and a grey color. They’re ideal for casual weekends, because they go with most outfits but make a low-key statement anywhere.

Grey Sock Sneaker Women's Image courtesy of Nordstrom


2. Steve Madden Flex Hi-Top Sneaker

Steve Madden somehow upped the minimalist look even more with these Flex sneakers, and we think they look great. Plus, they’re very reasonably priced under $100.

Black Sock Sneakers Steve Madden Image courtesy of 6pm


3. Jeffrey Campbell Sock Sneaker

Small details like a bisecting seam down the middle, a notch on the heel, and a high quality textile upper make these Jeffrey Campbell sock sneakers stand out. They’re made of a slightly more sturdy material, which is great for sporting in the colder months.

Black Sock Sneaker Women's Image courtesy of Nordstrom


4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Skyler Bootie

If you’re looking for a more dressed-up sock sneaker, go for these Michael Kors Skyler booties. They upgrade the sock sneaker with a wedge heel and a chrome accent that gives the shoe a sophisticated, modern look you don’t see very often.

Wedge Heel Sneaker Michael Kors Image courtesy of Zappos.com



5. ASOS Sock Sneakers

These sock sneakers from ASOS feature the same sock-like fit, chunky sole, and futuristic cool that make the Speed Knits a classic. The only difference? These cost $51.

Black Sock Sneakers Men's Image courtesy of ASOS


6. Adidas ADV 1 Sock Primeknit Sneaker

Adidas puts their own spin on the sock sneaker with these ADV 1s, and we’re big fans. Design notes including a ribbed Primeknit upper, a leather heel spoiler, and a unique sole that combine for a statement-making shoe that’s still highly wearable.

Grey Sock Sneakers Adidas Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters

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