8 Fierce Heels That Look Like Balenciaga’s Popular Sock Boots — Starting at Just $37

Stretchy, second-skin boots have been making waves since they debuted on runways in 2017, with Balenciaga being one of the first designers to champion the style. Thanks to enduring athleisure trends, the French house’s Knife boots aren’t going anywhere — making fans of countless street-style stars and celebrities. Cardi B proclaimed, “I like those Balenciagas, the ones that look like socks,” in her hit single “I Like It.” And although she’s partnered with Steve Madden and Fashion Nova, she’s proved time and again she’s loyal to the brand. Even former first lady Michelle Obama has stepped out in the luxurious look, rocking a glittering version of the boots during her book tour last year.

Available in midcalf and knee-high silhouettes, the Knife boots feature a jersey knit upper, sharp pointed toe and towering 4.5-inch heel. Although they may seem somewhat intimidating to pull off, they’re actually pretty versatile — able to elevate casual jeans-and-tee combos, and complement more polished midi dresses.

The high-end boots will set you back nearly $1,000, but thankfully, they’ve spawned plenty of affordable iterations to help you copy the look without spending a designer fortune.

Here, we’ve done the shopping for you and rounded up a range of chic and wallet-friendly alternatives to the style you’ll be eager to add to your wardrobe. Shop all our must-have picks below from brands like Asos Design, Calvin Klein and more — starting at just $37.

Maclin J Ankle Boots

Retailing for just $41 on Amazon, this turquoise-colored option offers the sharp pointed toe and jersey upper of the Balenciaga style, plus a clear kitten heel.

Maclin J Ankle Boots
Maclin J ankle boots.
CREDIT: Amazon

Steve Madden Claire

Ribbed sock detailing at the ankle adds a soft touch to this edgy look.

Steve Madden Claire
Steve Madden Claire
CREDIT: Zappos

Donald J Pliner Gerrie

For a block-heel alternative, this option from Donald Pliner is a great pick. This one features a square toe, plus a padded insole for extra comfort.

Donald J Pliner Gerrie
Donald J Pliner Gerrie
CREDIT: Zappos


Asos Design Elope Pointed Sock Boots

If you love the look of the Knife boot in bright fuchsia, this pink style from Asos is just for you. It offers a snug textile upper as well as a triangular heel for an arty twist on the original.

Asos Design Elope Pointed Sock Boots
Asos Design Elope pointed sock boots.
CREDIT: Asos


Schutz Sciarpe Glitter Sock Booties

A sparkly take on the high-end pair, this boot from Schutz features a glitter stretch upper and wrapped stiletto heel.

Schutz Sciarpe Glitter Sock Booties
Schutz Sciarpe glitter sock booties.
CREDIT: Saks Fifth Avenue

Mia Gabriela

Similar to the Knife boots, this stunning option from Mia offers a noticeably tall shaft that hits midcalf — yet is set on a kitten heel.

Mia Gabriela
Mia Gabriela
CREDIT: Zappos

Calvin Klein Mada Stretch Bootie

The tallest option on our list, this pair features a lofty 4-inch heel accompanied by a sleek pointy toe.

Calvin Klein Mada Stretch Bootie
Calvin Klein Mada stretch bootie.
CREDIT: Nordstrom

Tony Bianco Davis

This Tony Bianco boot offers quintessentially sexy vibes with a stretch satin upper, center front seam and 3.75-inch heel height.

Tony Bianco Davis
Tony Bianco Davis
CREDIT: Zappos

All products featured have been independently selected and curated by our editorial team. If you buy something through the links included on our site, FN may earn a commission.

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