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​People Are Calling £425 Balenciaga Trainers ‘Overpriced’ Lonsdale Slip-Ons

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​People Are Calling £425 Balenciaga Trainers ‘Overpriced’ Lonsdale Slip-Ons

High fashion rarely comes cheap - in fact, usually you'd have to flog off several internal organs in order to actually afford something from a designer label.

But maybe you don't have to go for the real deal; maybe what you wanted was staring at you all along... in the aisles of Sports Direct.

Shoppers have noticed the unlikely yet uncanny resemblance between Balenciaga's new Zen trainers and a pair of Lonsdale shoes.

Credit: Balenciaga
Credit: Balenciaga
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Made from 100 percent polyurethane and made in China, the Balenciaga sneaks bear such features as a 'round toe' and 'black ground laces'.

These are yours for a cool £425 ($550), but some people reckon you can get the same effect with a pair of Lonsdales - which you can usually pick up for around £20.

Credit: Sports Direct
Credit: Sports Direct

These slip-on Lonsdale Benn Mens Trainers boasts a 'durable grip' and a 'padded ankle', with a leather upper sole (swanky!). More importantly, they only cost £24.99 ($32.63).

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Someone joked: "When you have to put in work at Power League at 3, tarmac some drive ways at 5, then hit a Shoreditch fashion show at."

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Another wrote: "I see Balenciaga are continuing with their strategy of 'taking weird & iconic British culture and selling it for hundreds of £'. We've had the clunky hi-tech trainers, the Ikea bag and now we've got the Sports Direct Lonsdale £6.99 classic."

Yup, it's not the first time the designer brand has done something like this: check out these red, square-toe leather mules that look bizarrely like the cartons McDonald's uses for its French fries.

Credit: Barneys
Credit: Barneys

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Screenshots of the shoes listed on the Barneys New York website, shared on social media, revealed they were selling for $545 (£417).

McDonald's Sweden then joined in with the joke for Stockholm Fashion Week, sharing a photo of its version of the shoes, with a caption that read: "Om vi får 103042 likes släpper vi dessa riktigt."

If Swedish isn't your strong point, that roughly translates as: "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real."

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The moral of the story? If you've got your eye on some designer clobber, you might as well check out your local McDonald's or Sports Direct first - you may just save yourself a few hundred quid.

Featured Image Credit: Balenciaga

Topics: World News, News, Fashion, Trainers

Jess Hardiman
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