Louis Vuitton x Kanye West Don

Rapper, fashion designer, and sneaker aficionado Kanye West released a line of shoes with the fashion house Louis Vuitton in 2009. As Kanye’s personal style blends haute couture and high-end sneakers, the collaboration legitimized for a popular audience the connection between high fashion and street style, between traditional signifiers and new models of masculine success. The resulting sneakers created by the self-styled “Louis Vuitton Don” are the epitome of luxury and feature premium materials including 24 carat gold rings embellishing the shoelaces. However, West decried the $900+ price tag that accompanied the ultra-high-end shoe and publicly announced that he would never again design for Louis Vuitton.