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Louis Vuitton’s new footwear capsule is 100 percent waterproof 

Let’s face it: wet weather footwear isn’t always the most stylish. And it’s hardly worth the risk stepping out in the rain with a pair that actually is — but that’s exactly what Louis Vuitton wants you to do.

The French fashion house has unveiled “Rain”, a new shoe capsule collection comprising its beloved styles (such as the Archlight sneaker) made with 100 percent rubber, which means they’re completely waterproof.

The Louis Vuitton Rain collection - Rhapsody ankle boots
The Louis Vuitton Rhapsody ankle boots in black. (Photo credit: Louis Vuitton)

The collection updates three shoes in particular: the Silhouette ankle boot, which features a flower-shaped heel; the biker-inspired Rhapsody ankle boot; and, of course, the sporty Archlight sneakers. The first two come with a glossy finish, while the sneakers boast a classic matte veneer.

The rubber shoes will be available in neutral colours like black, white and khaki, but there’s also a pair of Silhouette boots in bubblegum pink if you want to show off.

The Louis Vuitton Rain collection - Silhouette ankle boots
The Louis Vuitton Silhouette ankle boots in pink. (Photo credit: Louis Vuitton)

Besides being completely waterproof, another highlight of the “Rain” collection is that it introduces yet another version of Louis Vuitton’s signature sneakers. Since debuting on the brand’s Spring/Summer 2018 runway, the futuristic sneakers designed by Nicolas Ghesquière have gone on to become a streetwear staple favoured by the likes of Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber and Mary-Kate Olsen.

It has also taken many forms: Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2019 collection saw the runners transformed into statement above-the-knee and ankle boots. The latter silhouette has clearly stuck, nodding to one of our 2020 sneaker trends.

The Louis Vuitton Rain collection - Archlight sneaker boots
The Louis Vuitton Archlight sneaker boots in khaki. (Photo credit: Louis Vuitton)

The Archlight sneaker’s waterproof update also means that you can pretty much wear them anywhere (we’re looking at the famously rainy Glastonbury music festival, especially) without worrying about ruining them. That’s a sneakerhead’s wet dream, if there ever was one.

The “Rain” collection drops on January 17 and will be available in Louis Vuitton stores and on its website. The whole range of shoes will also be available at the Marina Bay Sands Island Maison, with prices starting from $1,280.

In the words of Yaeji: make it rain, girl.

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Pameyla Cambe
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Pameyla Cambe is a fashion and jewellery writer who believes that style and substance shouldn't be mutually exclusive. She makes sense of the world through Gothic novels, horror films and music. Lots of music.