Prepare your web browsers and clear your schedule of all plans this evening because a limited number of the Louis Vuitton Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh will be up for grabs for a lucky number of folks from 6pm AEST.
We say lucky because, rather than your usual online battleground for limited edition sneakers that causes websites to crash and consumers to smash their keyboards in an adrenalin rush, the Louis Vuitton team have devised a lottery-like system to ensure a fair and smoother sales process.
Following the official link here, you’ll be placed inside a waiting room (along with every other keen bean after a pair) where every minute, a person will be picked randomly to buy one of the nine variations of Louis Vuitton Nike “Air Force 1” on offer. The sneakers available will be both mid-top and low-top editions in various colourways. A fair and efficient method, if we do say so ourselves.
Fans of sneakers would already know the history and success of the Nike “Air Force 1”. The humble, simple silhouetted sneaker is is one of the most iconic and successful styles of shoe to be created. It’s timeless design and easy comfort was why the late Virgil Abloh chose it for his 2022 Spring Summer menswear show. Collaborating with Nike, Abloh reimagined 47 pairs of the Air Force 1 using materials from the same collection, which were all hand made in Fiesso d’Artica, Italy, the official shoe manufacture for Louis Vuitton.
Earlier this year, Louis Vuitton also partnered with Sotheby’s to auction off a special edition range of the “Air Force 1” made entirely from precious calf skin leather and finished with Monogram and Damier patterns plus natural cowhide piping. To finish, they were packaged within a Louis Vuitton pilot bag and had a starting bid of US$2000. Money raised during this auction was donated to The Virgil Abloh™ “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund, according to his wishes prior to passing.
The nine styles that are up for grabs this evening will also be made at Louis Vuitton’s Fiesso d’Artica workrooms by LV artisans, and will be packaged in a specially-designed box that commemorates the collaboration.
The Louis Vuitton Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh will go live at 6pm AEST tonight. Good luck!