Louis Vuitton has entered a new phase in their sustainable footwear offering with their latest offering, the succinctly dubbed LV Trainer which has been made from over 90 per cent recycled and bio-sourced materials.
A combination of LV’s signature blend of urban and athletic aesthetic, this new shoe continues a conversation that began back in 2021 with the hit Charlie sneaker, back then a groundbreaking piece of design that was also made from recycled and bio-sourced materials.
Designed at Louis Vuitton’s shoe workshop, Fiesso d’Artico just outside of Venice, Italy, the LV Trainer sets a new benchmark for ethical design processes and circular creativity. Inspecting the shoe from a granular level, every detail or component of the shoe has been designed using sustainable elements without compromising on either comfort or performance.
For example, the sole has been made from 94 per cent recycled polyurethane that has all the bounce, cushion and foot support of your favourite basketball shoe courtesy of recycled cotton inner pads and an insole made out of fully recycled polyurethane. The laces are made from used plastic, the eyelets are 91 per cent regenerated polyurethane.
Created by Virgil Abloh, the new LV Trainer is yet another legacy left behind the maison’s late Men’s Artistic Director who was during his lifetime a pioneer for sustainable design, for both Louis Vuitton and his own brand Off-White. While at Louis Vuitton, Abloh was instrumental in driving the maison towards an even more comprehensive sustainability code, a drive that crystallised in the brand’s first ever vegan sneaker (the Charlie) and the creation of the Vuitton Sustainable Development Logo, a motif that appears in graphic hues across the LV Trainer.
The LV Trainer will be available in three colourways – white, with the green logo variant available in the first drop hitting stores in August and then red and black versions that will arrive in September.