Cristobal Balenciaga was raised by his widowed mother and although he had no formal education in fashion, he gained a great deal of experience from his mother who was a seamstress. Balenciaga successfully launched his first boutique in 1917 and the brand quickly gained traction amongst Spanish royalty and aristocrats. Later, Cristobal went on to open stores in Madrid and Barcelona that were originally called "Aisa" which was his mother's maiden name. The fashion house was forced to relocate to Paris during the Spanish Civil War but a confident Cristobal reopened in Paris in 1937, and the Balenciaga brand was officially launched.
Since its inception, Balenciaga has been responsible for innovating fashion with new cuts and styles. His influence on fashion transcends different brands with many contemporary designers adopting styles created by the Balenciaga fashion house. Today Balenciaga delivers a wide range of clothing, accessories and casual shoes for men. From loafers to sneakers, Balenciaga's collection of men's casual shoes is extensive and diverse. The collection includes men's hiking shoes and sliders, as well as more innovative men's Balenciaga sneakers from this prestigious brand.