Livia Firth slams Balenciaga after it unveiled £1,290 pair of scuffed trainers

Livia Firth has slammed fashion house Balenciaga after it unveiled a £1,290 pair of trainers, which purposely come with holes, rips and scuff marks.

The ethical fashion campaigner, 52, who is the estranged wife of Colin Firth, said selling ‘destroyed’ shoes was ‘offensive’ to people who cannot afford to buy clothes.

The shoes, which are available to pre-order, are a limited edition version of the brand’s Paris high-top trainers, which usually cost £450. 

Outrage: Livia Firth (pictured in 2011) has slammed fashion house Balenciaga after it unveiled a £1,290 pair of trainers, which purposely come with holes, rips and scuff marks

‘To buy something so destroyed is beyond offensive towards people I’ve actually met who wore shoes like this because they couldn’t afford even basic meals,’ she said in a lengthy Instagram caption.

‘What is Balenciaga trying to say? Fashion is art, yes, and provocations have been many during its history. But what is the statement here?’

The fully destroyed shoes come in black, white or brown and are littered with holes across the cotton sides, top and back. 

The Balenciaga website reads: ‘A dedicated campaign shows the shoes extremely worn, marked up, and dirtied.

Criticism: The ethical fashion campaigner, 52, who is the estranged wife of Colin Firth, said selling 'destroyed' shoes was 'offensive' to people who cannot afford to buy clothes

Criticism: The ethical fashion campaigner, 52, who is the estranged wife of Colin Firth, said selling ‘destroyed’ shoes was ‘offensive’ to people who cannot afford to buy clothes 

‘These still life portraits, by photographer Leopold Duchemin, suggest that Paris Sneakers are meant to be worn for a lifetime.

‘A limited edition of 100 pairs of these extra destroyed sneakers will be available on balenciaga.com in either black or white while supplies last.’ 

And Livia was not the only one to comment on the trainers as shoppers were quick to mock the brand after the shoes went viral when they launched on Monday.

One said: ‘I was having a good day until I saw this. Shaking my head.’ 

Another quipped: ‘I was just about to throw out my 12-year-old Vans. But I guess they are high fashion.’ 

Distressed look: The shoes, which are available to pre-order, are a limited edition version of the brand's Paris high-top trainers, which usually cost £450

Distressed look: The shoes, which are available to pre-order, are a limited edition version of the brand’s Paris high-top trainers, which usually cost £450 

Another joked: ‘Need these for my collection. Or I just won’t pay rent and in a month or so my shoes should look the same.’

One mum said: ‘Are they having a laugh?’

Another said: ‘Pre-f****d up shoes, what a world.’

Livia is the estranged wife of Oscar winner Colin Firth and they ended their marriage in 2019 after 22 years together. They co-parent their sons Luca, 21, and Matteo, 18. 

In February, The Mail on Sunday revealed that Colin, 61, was dating Maggie Cohn after they fell for each other on the set of his latest drama, The Staircase. 

Opinions: Livia was not the only one to comment on the trainers as shoppers were quick to mock the brand after the shoes went viral when they launched on Monday

Opinions: Livia was not the only one to comment on the trainers as shoppers were quick to mock the brand after the shoes went viral when they launched on Monday 

Los Angeles-based Maggie, thought to be in her 40s, is a sought-after screenwriter who has won major awards for American Crime Story from the Writers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America.

She has also written episodes of the popular Netflix crime drama Narcos: Mexico.

The couple spent months working on The Staircase, a crime drama written by Maggie as a TV mini-series and based on the 2004 true crime docu-series of the same name.

Colin plays the lead role of Michael Peterson, a writer convicted of murdering his wife Kathleen Peterson, portrayed by Toni Collette, who was found dead at the bottom of the staircase in their home.

After splitting from ex-wife Livia Giuggioli in 2019, the MoS revealed that the Love Actually star had grown close to BBC newsreader Joanna Gosling after they were spotted on a stroll in a London park.

Announcing their split after 22 years of marriage, Colin and his estranged wife Livia insisted they would ‘remain united’ in their love for their sons.

The actor, who won an Oscar in 2011 for his performance in The King’s Speech, remained at the family’s £4million family home in Chiswick, West London, while Livia has spent much of the time since back in Italy.

Their separation came after Livia admitted an affair with a childhood friend. Colin also has a son with Meg Tilly, his co-star in the film Valmont.

Split: Livia is the estranged wife of Oscar winner Colin Firth (pictured in 2019) and they ended their marriage in 2019 after 22 years. They co-parent their sons Luca, 21, and Matteo, 18

Split: Livia is the estranged wife of Oscar winner Colin Firth (pictured in 2019) and they ended their marriage in 2019 after 22 years. They co-parent their sons Luca, 21, and Matteo, 18

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