WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
The three friends created ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes,’ a charitable capsule dedicating its full proceeds to anti-racism charities.
The charity collection includes shoes and accessories for both men and women. Idris and Sabrina Elba worked with the designer on the initiative. Images courtesy of Christian Louboutin.
SHOP LOUBOUTIN ‘WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES’ COLLECTION
Last May, the world was taken aback by the murder of George Floyd, that sparked global protests and myriads of anti-racism conversations.
One year later, the issue might no longer be viral but it’s as alive and urgent as ever. This was the message Christian Louboutin wanted to highlight when he joined forces with longtime friends Idris and Sabrina Elba to create the charitable shoe collection ‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes.’
The new range, which spans men’s and women’s shoes, will be dedicating its full proceeds to a range of grassroots anti-racism organizations that the trio holds close to their hearts.
“There have been so many outputs to the cause that felt performative, that’s why it was so incredible to see how Christian was doing it, dedicating every dollar to the cause. It’s so unique, it’s baffling,” said Sabrina.
The trio has been using their platforms to highlight the issue of racism in their own ways: Louboutin was among the first designers in the luxury realm to extend his ‘nude’ collection to include very skin tone, while last year the Elbas hosted an Instagram Live discussion with one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, Opal Tometi which touched thousands of listeners, Louboutin included.
With racism still plaguing the world, the trio decided to join forces and use Louboutin’s craft of shoemaking to make their contribution.
“There are protests right now, over the death of another unarmed young Black man. The conversation cannot end here, there’s so much work that needs to be done,” added Sabrina.
Hence the decision to create this collection, with empathy as its core theme, and keep spreading the message.
There are meaningful touches across every pair of shoes: Classic Louboutin stilettos like the ‘Hottie Walkie,’ PVC heeled sandals and dandy-esque loafers have been embroidered with the words ‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’ in the brand’s signature red shade.
Classic Louboutin styles have been reworked for the charity collection. Images courtesy of Christian Louboutin.
“It’s not necessarily about walking a mile in our shoes, but about thinking of your neighbour or the person next to you who might not enjoy the same equality over such meaningless things,” added Sabrina.
There’s also a striking, optimistic floral print splattered all over stilettos and sneakers and referencing the South African Bird of Paradise flower, renamed ‘Mandela’s Gold’ in 1996 after Nelson Mandela.
“I don’t want to be remembered as a designer necessarily, there are other things that are important. I’d rather be remembered as as a nice guy who actually tried to help people when he could, the way he could,” said Louboutin.
The capsule is available to shop at the brand’s website, its London flagshion on Mount Street and at Selfridges. A chapter two is also in the works.
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