The Burwood shoes from the Off-White for Church’s collaboration went on sale on March 24. Virgil Abloh defined the project as the “remastering of a classic”. The collection includes two pairs of shoes, both designed by Abloh in one of the last collaborations he personally oversaw. So far, only one pair of footwear has been revealed of which Abloh has changed the face.
Off-White for Church’s
The same model reinterpreted by Abloh for the British brand of the Prada group appeared in February on the feet of Pharrell Williams. On the occasion, moreover, of the Parisian presentation of Abloh’s latest collection for Off-White, as GQ recalls. The late creative director of menswear for Louis Vuitton took the elegant Burwood design (a shoe from 1953) and changed its face: the upper is no longer brown suede like the original, but brushed calfskin. He then affixed a leather version of his tag to the shoe and dressed it, instead of the classic leather laces, with cotton sneaker-style laces printed “Shoes Laces”. Finally, he screen-printed the text “Special Events” on the side of the shoe.
Virgil Was Here
According to Highsnobiety, “Special Events” doesn’t just mean that these are luxury shoes. The claim also plays on the fact that one would rarely wear a pair of fully brogued Oxfords. All that remains is to discover the second model in the collaboration.