Fashion & Style: For Spring / Summer 2010, Louis Vuitton has come out with the ultimate in luxurious lace-ups for men, the Manhattan Richelieu wingtip shoe finished in waxed alligator leather. Priced at $10,000 per pair and designed embody Louis Vuitton's tradition of luxury and craftsmanship with a bit of vintage flair, the handmade footwear features intricate stitching and a subtle pattern of perforations. They are crafted using Blake construction, a shoe-making technique designed to impart immediate suppleness and comfort.
Blake stitching crosses the entire structure of the shoe, finished in genuine Alligator skin, and is visible on the inside. The thread is embedded in the outsole, making it less vulnerable to wear and tear. Finally the stylish shoes have a glove-soft leather lining, a Ruthenium-finish LV cube embedded in the leather heel and a hand-painted leather sole. The wingtip takes its name from the toe cap shaped like the spread wings of a bird, pointed in the center and extending rearwards with perforated side seams.