Kanye West

Kanye West for Louis Vuitton Sneaker Collection


With this, one of his first forays into design, Kanye West has not only fulfilled a long-standing personal ambition, but has also brought his own considerable experience to the project. The result is a daring and innovative collection that fuses Kanye West’s edgy urban aesthetic with Louis Vuitton’s know-how and craftsmanship. The three styles − executed in suede, calfskin or a patchwork of leathers, and in mostly neutral colours − run the gamut from hi-top to low-top, and are all designed, in Kanye West’s words, to unite “form and function, and look good with a pair of jeans”. All share strong signature details, in particular a high padded heel flap into which the wearer can tuck the back of his jeans, inspired by a space-age jacket in the cult David Lynch movie Dune, and a Monogram flower-embossed outsole which, though sturdy, feels surprisingly light and flexible.

Louis Vuitton Don’s


Louis Vuitton Don’s Sneaker in Calf Leather. Named after Kanye West’s right-hand man, the Don’s is the rapper’s take on the classic lace-up sneaker. In addition to the padded heel flap, it features a tongue specifically constructed to stand straight up, creating a hip urban look. Its crafted from suede calf leather and features the Louis Vuitton rubber label on the tongue and the side, a padded anatomic insock, and rubber sole with Monogram flowers. Don’s Sneaker in Calf Leather comes in four colors: Red, Black, Grey, and White. They’re available at Louis Vuitton for approximately US$900.


Louis Vuitton Don’s Sneaker in Suede Calf Leather. This version of the Don’s is made from supple suede calf leather which revisits the classic lace-up style with bold signature details, including a padded heel flap, upright tongue and hand-stitched laces. These sneaks also features the Louis Vuitton rubber label on the tongue and the side, a padded anatomic insock, and rubber sole with Monogram flowers. It comes in Black and it’s available at Louis Vuitton stores for approximately US$860.


Louis Vuitton Don’s Sneaker in Mixed Patchwork. This flamboyant patchwork sneaker is crafted from different shades of calf leather and suede calf leather. Like its brothers, this version of the Don’s revisits the classic lace-up style with bold signature details, including a padded heel flap and tassel laces. It has the Louis Vuitton rubber label on the tongue and the side, a padded anatomic insock, and rubber sole with Monogram flowers. Patchwork Don’s comes in Old Rose, available at Louis Vuitton for approximately US$1050.

Louis Vuitton Jasper’s


Louis Vuitton Jasper’s Sneaker Boot in Calf Leather. Named after his barber, Jaspers is Kanye West’s signature hi-top sneaker, which comes with laces and padded Velcro straps. This edgy hi-top sneaker features strong signature details, including a padded heel flap, quilted velcro straps and Monogram flowers on the outsole. It comes in White and is available at Louis Vuitton for approximately US$1100.


Louis Vuitton Jasper’s Sneaker Boot in Suede Calf Leather. Made from supple suede, this verions of Jaspers also features strong signature details, including a padded heel flap, quilted velcro straps and Monogram flowers on the outsole. It comes in Black and is available at Louis Vuitton for approximately US$1050.


Louis Vuitton Jasper’s Sneaker Boot in Mixed Patchwork. This flamboyant leather patchwork version of the Jasper’s features sports suede tassels with gold-finish accessories and a fluorescent pink outsole inspired by Japanese pop art. Its available at Louis Vuitton for approximately US$1200.

Louis Vuitton Mr Hudson


Louis Vuitton Mr Hudson Sneaker in Calf Leather. Mr Hudson gives the iconic boat shoe an edgy street-style update. Named after an artist who features on Kanye West’s latest album, 808s & Heartbreak, Mr Hudson comes in White calf leather, available at Louis Vuitton for approximately US$900.


Louis Mr Hudson Sneaker in Suede Calf Leather. This version of Mr Hudson is made from a patchwork of brown and grey suede calf leather. It features the eccentric fluorescent pink outsole which truly makes a statement. Its available at Louis Vuitton for approximately US$1000.

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