Well it seems like Louis Vuitton has just about sealed the deal with millennials. Can’t say we’re surprised — it just named Off-White designer and instigator of hype Virgil Abloh its artistic director for menswear.
The house has dished out sneakers before but not with such tenacity — the hype was usually reserved for shocking collaborations with artists and brands. Now, hot on the heels of the highly-discussed Archlight is a second iteration of the VNR sneakers, and you’ll want to add it to your closet of “cool LV things”.
The new silhouette — abbreviated for Vuitton New Runner — fuses more athleticism with luxury, thanks to a year of research and a lot more tech. As its second fully-knitted footwear, the VNR sneaker transcends trends and goes into performance territory with its foot-hugging, sock-like elastic knit upper that weighs but a negligible 60 grams.
The single-piece knit construction fuses three types of yarn to not only give the shoe more visual depth, but expands the possibilities for colour combinations.
Available in space grey, denim blue and pure white, and bold black, the trainers also see their highly-resistant soles rendered in a hand-painted, oil slick-esque gradient for a futuristic twist. If you needed one pair that could take you from the gym (disclaimer: only light workouts please) to the streets, this would be it.
The Louis Vuitton VNR sneakers are available at all Singapore Louis Vuitton boutiques now.