Thanks to Mathias Patillon, Louis Vuitton‘s Head of Design Men’s Footwear, we have a first look at Virgil Abloh’s debut sneaker design for the luxury house. First teased earlier this month in sketches, Patillon posted a tantalizingly obscure photo to Instagram showing the sneakers from beneath the sole. On that sole is grey, white and red paneling, with all-caps “VUITTON” branding in black. The upper is mostly obscured, but a closer look reveals a gold signature silver, black, and white panels and dark laces. A silver strap, emblazoned with tiny white text, tightens the high-top silhouette’s shaft, which sports an upwards-angled “408.” The model is definitely reminiscent of retro basketball kicks.
Stay tuned for the silhouette to premiere at Abloh’s debut Louis Vuitton presentation tomorrow during Paris Fashion Week.
Most recently, we went backstage at Abloh’s Spring/Summer 2019 Off-White™ presentation.