So "Pantashoes" Are Now a Thing

Hannah Almassi

Have you ever wished so hard for something to come true that it happened? Well, if you've ever considered what your life would be like every winter wearing over-the-knee boots that don't scrunch down and give you modern-day Nora Batty wrinkles, then—hallelujah—your prayers have been answered. Although, you may not be ready for the solution…

In steps "pantashoes." Created by Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga, this body-conscious, spandex boot-legging hybrid will set you back around £2100 and is inspired by fetish wear, but don't let those little facts stop you from imagining them everywhere (including your wardrobe) this autumn. Because that's what's going to happen, you know.


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It doesn't take much for a Gvsalia trend to catch on—all fashion fans need is a whiff of a trend scent, and they're off (think of Vetements' IKEA logos, the lighter boots and so on and so forth). But Demna isn't letting this one go by unnoticed by the masses: Almost every single one of his '80s-tinged looks for Balenciaga's A/W 17 runway featured a pair of these pull-on spiked stilettos, which also go by the name of "bants" (boot-pants).

And with the success of the previous season's extreme over-the-knee boots, is it any wonder the boundary-pushing designer has taken the idea one huge stride further? While you can date this idea back to the 1960s (something called the Pan-T-Boot was invented in the States as a kind of hosiery-boot panacea to the aforementioned slipping down problem), the pointed finish and lurid colours of Balenciaga's new iterations are anything but retro. Meanwhile, look at them in black, and you'll see that they are sculpting, super-flattering and already favoured by Kim Kardashian West.

Available for preorder and notching up plenty of fashion editorials in the most influential style mags, we predict the "pantashoe" could even stretch down onto the high street soon. Mango has produced rather striking thigh-high and ankle versions in purple that have already sold out, and we all know Zara doesn't like to miss a talking point…

Keep reading to preorder Balenciaga's "pantashoes."


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