Kanye West's Louis Vuitton Sneakers Make Their Runway Debut in Paris

01/23/2009 at 01:00 PM ET

Courtesy Louis Vuitton

Kanye West has officially turned sneaker designer. The hip-hop star and self-proclaimed Louis Vuitton Don turned his love of sneakers — he has over 400 pairs! — into a high-end collaboration with Louis Vuitton. Out of the five styles he’s created for the iconic brand, a style with a quilted back debuted during the line’s fall menswear presentation in Paris yesterday. After the show, WWD caught up with the new footwear designer to hear more. “I was inspired by the movie Dune. The collection had all these jackets that were very padded. They looked like maybe they had hockey pads in the jacket, and there was one where the collar came up really high. I took that element, and I put that on the back of the shoe. It’s like the opposite of the tongue. Usually you have the tongue at the front. [This is] like a tongue at the back,” explained Kanye. Working with Marc Jacobs, Kanye’s favorite designer whom he dubs the Jay-Z of the fashion world, was a blessing. “To me, Louis Vuitton is the most important brand in fashion. I am proud to have collaborated with LV on these shoes and even more proud of the finished product,” the artist says in a statement. On the flip side, Marc Jacobs tells WWD that he was impressed by Kanye’s dedication to his work, saying “I think Kanye goes to the office more than I do. He’s really, really into sneakers.” The complete Kanye West collection will be available at Louis Vuitton stores in June 2009. Tell us: What do you think of Kanye’s design?

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Domio a la Mode on

I’ve seen better, but I am not knocking his hustle!

Amanda on

Kanye is amazing! He can do no wrong, EVER! Love anything he does. He is no SQUID BRAINS! He is still the GREATEST!

H on

These are the most ugly sneakers I have seen and I LOVE the color red.

K on

What’s so special? It’s just red.

just cuz on

Um, yeah – they’re red sneakers. Are we supposed to be impressed? Kanye is so hugely overrated, but then so is LV.

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Sara on

Black people have tacky style

Dan on

Kayne does not like white or hispanic people. He is a racist.

chapter12 on

If he is doing porn this is his business, people need to stop worrying what other people are doing and worry about thier own life,which 9 times out of ten are in disoray…as far as the sneakers go i think they are hot!!!! would love to see them in other colors the people hating most likely can’t afford to stay up on fashion!!!sorry for ya…and as far sarah who left a comment that black people have tacky style..lady please get yourself together i bet you look a mess,what if I said all white women shed, have flat behinds,and are simple and need to be smack,oh yea,and are only good for a bj,..opinions are like buttholes everybody has one!!but lets keep them to are self

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