As revealed by LV creative director and fashion taste-maker Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton has designed and will soon be releasing the brand’s first-ever skate shoe. Appropriate for grinding, gliding, sliding, switching and thrashing—in style, ofc.
Teaming up with Lucien Clarke, a Jamaican-born, U.K.-based pro-skater, Abloh revealed the two worked together on the sneaker’s design.
“Just signed Jamaica’s own @lucienclarke to Louis Vuitton as the first skater deal of this type. gave him free reign [sic] to design his pro model. been filming clips for a year now. first official advert is in the @thrashermag that’s shipping in a second…” Abloh wrote on Instagram.
On Clarke’s post, where he also revealed the ad for the sneaker in Thrasher, he went with all caps naturally. “WHERE DO I START? I DESIGNED MY FIRST PRO SHOE FOR LOUIS VUITTON AND SHOT A SKATE ADVERT FOR THRASHER NBD. THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING…MAJOR SHOUT OUT TO VIRGIL FOR FLIPPING THE MF SWITCH!”
He also posted another carousel of images showing off the sneaker. (Also seen, some throwback gunmetal, alloy-esque sunnies that will live on in my psyche, rent-free, for the rest of the week.)
Shown in the shots, the sneaker appears to combine leather and high-shine mesh, leading down to a neon orange sole, with a matching orange LV emblazoned onto the tongue. Clarke’s name is scrawled down near the sole, next to LV’s iconic floral and monogram symbols stamped into the midsoles.
Appearing on Clarke’s IG, there also appears to be two other colourways: black/orange and green/orange.
As evidenced by videos of Clarke throwing a few tricks in a London skatepark wearing a pair of the white colourways, it’s clear this shoe is designed to withstand heavy-duty action, not to be kept packed in boxes.
Where can I buy the Louis Vuitton x Lucien Clarke shoes in Australia?
Right now, there’s no further info on the shoes. Details including prices, size range, drop locations and times are being kept close to the chest—an LV M.O.—but when we know, you’ll know.