Object of Desire: A Step Ahead

Nicolas Ghesquière lends his design chops to Louis Vuitton.

Photograph by Toan Trinh

There was a time when a working woman would dare to pair her suit with sneakers only on her commute, never in her office. But in recent years, the humble sneaker has walked through the most elite front doors and even onto the runway. None is more coveted this season than Nicolas Ghesquière’s “Archlight” sneaker for Louis Vuitton. Spotted on celebrities, models, and fashion insiders, the space-age style features an oversize tongue, a two-inch rubber outsole for added height, and canvas monogrammed with the LV logo. The future is here, and it sure looks comfortable.

“Archlight” sneakers, $1,090, Louis Vuitton.