Check Out Louis Vuitton's New LVSK8 and High 8 Sneakers
News on this release was first published on January 26, 2022.
Update May 25, 2022: As we approach the debut of Louis Vuitton's LVSK8, @theimedsoussi has taken to socials to share new imagery and colourways! Peep them below.
Louis Vuitton's tear-jerking yet triumphant 'Louis Dreamhouse' FW22 show – the final LV collection designed by the late, great Virgil Abloh – had many a noteworthy moment from striking garments to celebrity guests and a Tyler, the Creator soundtrack, but one of the most notable occurrences for sneaker lovers was the reveal of several new silhouettes. Now, we've got a closer look at the 2000s skate shoe-inspired LVSK8 and the 1980s basketball-esque High 8 via images from @elliotcox.
The LVSK8 continues Abloh's run of skate-inspired silhouettes kicked off by 2020's A View, which was designed for pro skater Lucien Clarke. The LVSK8's puffy, padded tongue and heavily-layered mesh/leather upper have drawn lazy comparisons to the Osiris D3 (which you'd think is the only throwback skate shoe anyone references these days with how much it's brought up) but it's closer in build to the signature shoes Circa produced for Chad Muska and Jamie Thomas in the 2000s. It also features a luxurious patterned material on the mudguard plus special LV branded hits on the quarter, tongue and throat plus an LV Trainer-style midsole.
On the other end of the spectrum, the High 8 offers a basketball-style look that's somewhere in between the high-top Louis Vuitton 408 and the recently-revealed LV Trainer 2. It's made of high-end leather, and its signature detail is served up by a plastic 'wing' that's anchored on the heel and wraps up to the eyestays. Other details of note are supplied by the poofy tongues, quarter and forefoot LV branding and, similar to the LVSK8, a LV Trainer-style midsole.,
Release information for both of these styles has yet to be revealed, but they're likely to debut later this year alongside the 'Louis Dreamhouse' collection.