There are times you want shoes that you don’t have to worry about – sneakers you can take to the park, or throw on when you head out to run errands on the weekend. Whether they’re cheap, durable, or some pleasing combination thereof. Sometimes though, you just want to step out feeling like you’re headed to a red carpet, VIP experience. For those times, there’s the aptly named Frontrow sneaker from Louis Vuitton.
The silhouette isn’t the most exciting or original makeup we’ve seen recently. It draws cues largely from the Adidas Stan Smith – nothing out of the ordinary, brands have been chasing the success of the classic for decades – as well as bringing in some uniquely Louis Vuitton elements like the thick, full grain leather padded heel tab, detailed branding, and ruthenium platinum hardware.
One of the best parts of the Frontrow sneakers is you know that there’s no corner cutting anywhere in the shoe. Calfskin lining is incredibly supple, and easily one of the most comfortable lining materials around. The footbed has been upgraded to a shape-memory insock that means you can rock them barefoot or with socks, but either way they’ll be more supportive and keep you on your feet longer.
The white pair also features a calf leather upper, with a crocodile textured pattern to help break up the silhouette. The red pair has a lightweight woven textile upper, similar to what we’ve seen recently with Nike’s Flyknit or Adidas’ Primeknit fabric. It’s a welcome change from the leather that’s become the staple on high-end sneakers.
The price tag on the Louis Vuitton Frontrow sneakers isn’t for the faint of heart. The red woven pair will cost you a healthy $685, while the leather pair runs $715. Keep in mind that these are high quality, handmade sneakers from one of the world’s most premier fashion brands, so if you think you’re ready to make the leap, you can pick up your pair on the Louis Vuitton store page.