Perhaps best known for his croissant-donut hybrid, the Cronut, Dominique Ansel knows his way around a croissant. The iconic pastry chef is taking that expertise to a new level with croissant-themed footwear.
Ansel has teamed up with sneaker brand Koio for the Koio x Dominique Ansel Avalanche sneaker. This limited-edition pair of the Koio Avalanche is inspired by the core ingredients in a classic French croissant: flour, sugar, eggs, and butter.
The shoe features a blend of eggshell vitello calf leather, flour white suede, and butter patent leather. There is also crystallized “sugar” detailing on the toe and heel. Laces come in a butter yellow color and are adorned with a tiny rose-gold croissant.
As an added bonus, each pair of sneakers comes with an exclusive Dominique Ansel Pancake Mix.
“I wear sneakers every day, and wearing comfortable shoes is essential when I’m spending most of the day on my feet in the kitchen or traveling to my locations around the world,” says Ansel, who continues to run his bakeries in New York, Tokyo, London, and Los Angeles. “I really wanted the design of this sneaker to not just speak to my style and need for comfort but also to tell the story of my craft, mirroring the colors and textures of the four ingredients that are essential in every pastry creation.”
The Koio x Dominique Ansel Avalanche sneaker retails for $348 and is available on Koio’s website and at its New York store.
“Equal parts inventor, artist, and pastry chef, Dominique is the ultimate example of a creative mind that dares to push the boundaries of the conventional and consistently wows the world with his pastry creations,” says Johannes Quodt, co-founder of Koio.