Kanye West had a sneaker-endorsement deal with Nike, but now he's got a new line of sneaks for Louis Vuitton, selling for $900 US and up.
Louis Vuitton Don's, Don’s, named after Kanye West’s right-hand man, 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. Previewed in eye-popping red calfskin at Louis Vuitton’s Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 fashion show in January, it caused a sensation on the runway, and proved − as Kanye West intended − that it looked as good with formal wear as with dressed-down jeans
Louis Vuitton Jaspers. Jaspers is Kanye West’s signature hi-top sneaker, which comes with laces and padded Velcro straps in black suede or off-white calfskin with suede and patent leather trim. In addition, a flamboyant leather patchwork version sports suede tassels with gold-finish accessories and a fluorescent pink outsole inspired by Japanese pop art.
Louis Vuitton Mr Hudson, The same tassels and fluorescent outsole also feature on the leather patchwork version of the third style, Mr Hudson, which 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 is also available in bright white calfskin with patent trim.