The fake Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1s are already here

There are fake versions of almost every sneaker these days with minimal hype. If there’s a profit to be made, counterfeiters are sure to cook up a counterfeit, often before the real thing comes out. Or, in the case of these fugazi Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1s, before the real shoe was even made.

Air Force 1 dealer and specialist @pgknows shared an image of the replicas today, warning buyers that fake pairs are already in circulation. Fortunately, it appears that current knockoffs aren’t very accurate and use misplaced panels of Louis Vuitton’s Monogram pattern, among other deviations.

An authentic Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1. Image via Sotheby’s

While a suspiciously low asking price should be enough to alert (the lowest price at which real shoes sold at auction was $75,600 for a size 6.5), the temptation to get what is by far the most big sneaker of the year could potentially cloud the judgment of some buyers.

As mentioned, what makes this scenario unique is the fact that the authentic Louis Vuitton x Air Force 1s have yet to be fully produced. Only one pair was made for display at the Sotheby’s shoe auction, with a total of 200 pairs expected to be made and shipped to winning bidders in the first half of the year, although the timing is likely to change. change.

This colorway of the Louis Vuitton x Air Force 1, which mixes the house’s Damier and Monogram prints, was only offered through Sotheby’s auction. Concluding in February, the auction raised a total of $25.3 million, with 100% of proceeds going to the late designer Virgil Abloh’s ‘post-modern’ scholarship fund for students in black mode.

In addition to the exclusive Sotheby’s colourway, Abloh’s extensive Louis Vuitton x Air Force 1 collection includes a range of eight exclusive colorways for friends and family as well as a selection of styles for retail. Information is sparse on the latter, but a total of 47 Abloh-designed colorways are confirmed to be featured in an upcoming Louis Vuitton show. The retail price for these pairs would be “in line” with Sotheby’s auction starting bids ($2,000).

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