Took an L on Louis Vuitton’s Recession-Proof Nike Air Force 1s? Us Too

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Happy Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 day! The hotly anticipated sneaker collab just released to the public, and if you managed to get your hands it, congratulations on both being rich and making it onto Louis Vuitton’s website, which is currently down due to a high volume of traffic.

The drop culminates Louis Vuitton’s months-long celebration of the shoe, designed by the late Virgil Abloh. In May, the French maison opened an expansive exhibition spotlighting Abloh’s 47 takes on the perpetually stylish Nike model, outfitted in LV’s Damier print and monogram.

Following the exhibit, the collab launched for pre-order to select Louis Vuitton clients, some of whom began re-selling the collectible kicks for six figures — sky-high prices in line with Sotheby’s charitable LV x Nike AF1 auction, which raised $25.3 million for Abloh’s Fashion Scholarship Fund for Black students.

Now, nine of Abloh’s 47 Air Force 1 colorways — the all-white Low, all-black Low, green/white Low, silver/black/blue Low, blue/white Low, red/white Low, gold Low, all-white Mid, and graffiti Damier Mid — are available online (or will be, whenever LV’s website begins working again).

The shoes are supposedly available at Louis Vuitton stores as well, though the label hasn’t specified at which retail locations.

If you’re resigned to the fact that copping the shoes from LV is probably a losing battle, StockX is currently host to several listings for the sneakers in both low-top and mid form.

That said, you’ll have to pay a significant mark-up. The graffiti Damier Mid (MSRP $3,450) is listed for $22,000, while the all-white Low is asking $7,500 (a solid $5,000 above retail).

While there’s something sorta gauche about buying one of Abloh’s last projects with the sole intention of flipping it for profit, you have to admit — they’re a recession-proof investment.

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