The Balenciaga Ceinture boots are most definitely a piece in my shoe wardrobe; with more character than a pair of flats can ever possess and more comfort than can be had with heels, these make an outfit. With the onslaught of fall (not here yet!) online I’ve been hankering to wear these out and about. I’ve owned these a-m-a-z-i-n-g boots for a year and half now, and thought to share my thoughts on these as there just isn’t that much information about these.
I took a size 37, I’m usually a 36-36.5 in Balenciaga flats (and Prada/MiuMiu). In heels I take a 37 or UK 4, especially with ASOS or high street shoes. These run pretty true to size, but if you mean to wear them with thick socks size up half a size. If you’ve wide feet these may not work, I’d say they run normal to slightly narrow like most european shoes. Don’t wear them in the snow or heavy rain – you’ll get wet in the cut out, and probably the inside of the shoes will get wet as well.
These are made from thick, brushed leather with a glossy finish that fades over time a little. The insides are lined in neoprene, with a leather insole that embossed with the Balenciaga logo and a suede heel on the inside. The sole os wood, with a leather covering and on the heel there’s rubber; the size and “made in” as well as the logo are placed on the sole near the heel.
It took me about 2 months to break these in completely, and now that I’ve stored them away for a bit I may have to re-train them a little. To break them in, wear them with super thick socks around the house then when they’ve loosened a bit do the same with normal socks. I also recommend wearing them around the house without socks, with bare feet that have had some foot cream applied. Keep some Compeed blister stickers around just in case these do the foot-eating thing.
I love wearing these with jeans, a t-shirt and a light jacket. They take a casual outfit and give it that extra edge, that something that’s missing.
In the box you get, the boots (clearly!) wrapped in plastic bags and stuffed with tissue to maintain shape. You also get one big, white Balenciaga dustbag for them, and that’s about it. I like to polish mine every couple of weeks when they’re on my “wearing-rotation” with a clear shoe shine. Since these are super duper expensive, and hard to get, I’ve tracked down to boot options that to me vibe in the same way as the Bals. You’ve the combat boot option from See by Chloe and the more sophisticated version with a pointed toe from ASOS.
If there’s any question that I haven’t answered that you’ve got about these boots – feel free to leave it in the comments below or contact me via social media. I hope this has helped you, or inspired you in terms of fashion for this upcoming fall season.