Following the Sotheby’s auction for the “Monogram” edition of the Virgil Abloh-designed Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1, that fetched prices upwards of $100,000 and benefitted the Post-Modern Scholarship Fund, LV threw together a little exhibition in New York City with 47 iterations of the iconic sneaker in various colors and prints. Now, Louis Vuitton has uploaded 9 colorways on their website.
What we know so far
If you remember anything about the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collaboration, it’s that not just anyone can purchase it. The exclusivity of owning a piece from any limited collaboration, including this collection, is what generates the sky-high aftermarket pricing.
So unless you have VIP status and a sales associate on speed dial, your chances are extremely slim, even if you have the money to spare.
The AF1 Low will retail for $2,750 USD while the AF1 Mid will command $3,450 USD.
All the pairs are made by Louis Vuitton in its shoe manufacture in Fiesso d’Artico in Italy.
The metallic gold canvas is embossed with Monogram print like many of the other pairs, some of which feature both leather and calf-leather. The standout piece is the graffiti AF1 Mid which sports the iconic LV Damier pattern and has asymmetric graffiti done by artist Ghusto Leone.
Like previously mentioned, there are 9 colorways listed on Louis Vuitton’s website. You can 3D tour each one there as well.
- Met Gold/Met Gold/Baroque Brown/Black
- Sail/Multicolor (This is the graffiti pair)
- Met Silver/Black/Dark Purple Dusk/Topaz/Gold
- White/Team Royal
- White/Comet Red
- White/Gym Green
- White/White/White (Mid)
- White/White/White (Low)
Although it says online exclusive, if you don’t have a connect, make one fast. Right now, each pair ranges from size 3.5-18. The website says both “Online Exclusive Coming Soon” and “Contact Concierge Service,” which seems like a glitch.
How to cop
For those who are serious about purchasing, they’ve provided an email, [email protected]. I have tried using this service in the past and in my experience, it won’t get you anywhere — they will be swamped with too many emails.
I recommend going to a store in-person and speaking with someone to see if they can help. They might tell you to spend a certain amount to gain access or tell you straight up that they can’t help, worth a shot.
I will also say that at the time of writing, LV’s website cannot handle the traffic because there is already a 30 second “Challenge Validation” in place if you have multiple windows open. The message reads: “Processing your request. If this page doesn’t refresh automatically, resubmit your request.”
The Air Force 1 couldn’t have blessed with a better collaborator for its 40th anniversary, and Virgil’s legacy will always be that he made the dreams of so many kids come to life with this collaboration and each and every other one he did.
Head over to louisvuitton.com to check out the products and ready yourself for some frustration.
Also check out “Figures of Speech” at the Brooklyn Museum if you’re in NYC.
Photos via Louis Vuitton