Marc Jacobs and the Louis Vuitton men’s studio director, Paul Helbers, have some design competition this season. Kanye West, who was sitting front row at the Vuitton show late last week, has designed a line of five LV sneakers. Only one design, the solid red, was featured in the show — a monochromatic midtop with no frills, save for a quilted flap in the back. “The inspiration came from a jacket with a huge collar in the movie ‘Dune,’ ” West told the New York Times. “Most sneakers focus on the tongue, so I wanted to do something different.” West knows what he’s talking about: he says he has no idea how many shoes he owns, but he does know that he routinely needs to send shipments off to storage. The LV-meets-Kanye kicks will be available at Louis Vuitton stores in June.
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