- Words Brittany Newman
Louis Vuitton’s SS21 Upcycling collection transforms the initial LV trainer with an ultra-modern look.
Spring-Summer 2019 saw the release of the very first Louis Vuitton trainer during Virgil Abloh’s debut as Men’s Artistic Director. Two years on and he has rewarded us for SS21 with disassembled and transformed brand new versions of the silhouette, leaving no two pairs the same, nor with extreme visual differences.
The upcycled trainers will be found in supple calfskin and suede, with eye-catching tie-dye laces matching the padded collars of the shoe. Five new low-top colourways will be available, each found with “LV Upcycling” edging on the heel, the late Louis Vuitton’s signature on the side, and classic monogram flowers located on the sole. Finished off with an Abloh trademark fluorescent tag on the right foot – how very Off-White of him.
The striking sneaker’s careful craftsmanship can be seen in all its glory, while also giving the buyer a chance to be their own craftsman. Assembly instructions for centering or cutting and excess stitching threads have been provided, allowing future owners to add their own final touch. Truly a one-of-a-kind trainer.
The shoes will be made available as part of “Louis Vuitton: Walk in the Park,” a series of physical and virtual experiences meant to celebrate Abloh’s work for the brand in the lead up to the debut of his spring/summer 2021 collection.