The hype for the Louis Vuitton Nike “Air Force 1” collection is building. One year after it was first presented at Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2022 menswear show in June last year, the Virgil Abloh-designed sneakers will finally drop as online exclusives on July 19. A newsletter will be sent out on 18 July to those who have registered their interest as well as newsletter subscribers.
The sneaker outing will feature a select nine designs from the show spanning a range of cuts – from mid to low tops – and in a kaleidoscope of colourways. They will be priced from $3,900. In true Abloh fashion, each design will carry the late designer’s acclaimed quotation marks on the midsole and laces (peep the “Air” and “Lacet”).
The “Lacet” and “Air” quotes stamped on the laces and midsoles are a quintessential Virgil Abloh touch.
Fashion peacocks, meanwhile, can look forward to the all-gold version of the Air Force 1s which pays homage to Abloh’s inaugural Spring/Summer 2019 collection or the patchwork suede pair that’s topped with a snazzy silver upper that exemplifies his graphic language and use of colours.
This flossy gilded design is a nod to Abloh’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2019 which featured a standout metallic monagrammed duffle bag.
Each more standout than the next, the French Maison’s signature monogram is heavily prominent – aside from the Damier edition that is adorned with a “Louis Vuitton” graffiti motif by Milan-based tattoo artist Ghusto Leone. There are also more classic silhouettes in white leather and a luscious black suede iteration.
Ahead, a preview of the upcoming collection.