Fashion Flashback: Louis Vuitton x Kanye West

by on December 14, 2012

Kanye’s contributions to the fashion and music world are too numerous to count, but his sneaker collection with Louis Vuitton back in 2009 was arguably one of his best gifts to the human race.

The collaborative collection between LV & Mr. West solidified Kanye’s presence in the fashion world, but was really only the beginning of the rapper’s professional ventures in fashion. Since then, we’ve seen his own Kanye West Collection show at numerous Fashion Week’s, and now a women’s shoe line with his good friend Giuseppe Zanotti. But as far as his LV collaboration is concerned, it was a momentous time in fashion history, as few artists – let alone rappers – saw such success and acceptance from a major fashion house.

I still remember the day I held a pair of the Don’s in my hands for the first time – standing in the middle of my local Louis Vuitton, I was paralyzed in the moment. Since its launch in July 2009, I’ve never stopped loving the LV x Kanye sneaker line – and still get butterflies anytime I see someone wearing a pair from the collection on the streets. Let’s revisit the entire line below.

The Don’s: Originally retailing from $870 (solid colors) – $960 (multi-colored brown tones), the Don’s were available in five color ways – white, grey, red, black, and the gorgeous earth-tone-accented-with-pink pair. Definitely a wearable, effortlessly stylish and luxurious shoe. Undoubtedly the namesake for Kanye’s “Louis Vuitton Don” nickname.

The Louis Vuitton x Kanye West ‘Don’s’

The Jasper’s: Originally retailing for $990 (solids) and $1,140 (pink bottom), the Jasper’s were hands-down my favorite shoe from the collection – specifically the grey-multi, pink bottomed pair, which still make my heart skip a beat when I see them. Like the Don’s and the rest of the LV x Kanye collection, the construction and design is impeccable, and the attention to detail is what really makes this shoe one of a kind.

The Louis Vuitton x Kanye West ‘Jasper’s’

The Mr. Hudson’s: Named after Kanye’s close friend and fellow GOOD Music artist, the Mr. Hudson’s are probably the coolest boat shoes you could own. Available in all-white ($840) and again, a grey-multi with pink sole.

The Louis Vuitton x Kanye West ‘Mr. Hudson’s’

It’s safe to say that a petition needs to be created for Kanye to make a second sneaker collection with Louis Vuitton – am I right or am I right?!

Some pairs from the collection are available at Kixclusive, or you could always try your hand/take the risk of eBay.

What was your favorite shoe in the Louis Vuitton x Kanye West sneaker collaboration? Let me know in the comments section.

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