Almost any sneaker with a modicum of hype has a fake version these days. Counterfeiters are sure to cook up a bootleg if there’s profit to be made, often prior to the real thing’s release. The fugazi Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1s were made before the real shoe was even made.
@pgknows, a reseller and Air Force 1 specialist, shared a picture of the replicas today, warning buyers that fake pairs are already on the market. There are a number of discrepancies with current fakes, including incorrectly positioned panels of Louis Vuitton’s Monogram pattern.
This is an authentic Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1. Sotheby’s image
Although a low asking price should be enough to raise suspicions (the lowest price the shoes sold for at auction was $75,600 for a size 6.5), some buyers may be tempted by what is far and away the biggest sneaker of the year.
Since authentic Louis Vuitton x Air Force 1s haven’t been produced yet, this scenario is unique. During Sotheby’s auction of the shoes, only one pair was made for display, but 200 pairs will be made and shipped to winning bidders within the first half of the year.
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Only Sotheby’s offered this colorway of the Louis Vuitton x Air Force 1, which combines Damier and Monogram prints. A total of $25.3 million was raised at the auction, with all proceeds going to the late designer Virgil Abloh’s “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund.
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As well as the Sotheby’s-exclusive colorway, Abloh’s Louis Vuitton x Air Force 1 collection includes eight friends-and-family exclusive colorways. In a forthcoming Louis Vuitton exhibition, 47 Abloh-designed colorways are confirmed to be featured. The retail price of those pairs is “in line” with the starting bids for the Sotheby’s auctions ($2,000).