Balmain is a fashion house that was founded by Pierre Balmain. He was considered the King of Fashion in Paris. Pierre Balmain represented a certain idea of elegance and a clientele of queens, princesses and starlets, but as a label it was also very firmly established in the everyday world. He died in 1982 and has been succeeded by notable names such as Erik Mortensen, Oscar de La Renta, and currently by Oliver Rousteing. Balmain is know for setting extremely high stands of couture. This perfect Braided Leather Sandal pair exemplifies the detail, craftsmanship, and intricacy of Balmain pieces (I told you I was getting back into braids!).