Posted Wednesday, Sep. 04, 2013
What do you get when you take an iconic tennis shoe from the 1970s, reinvent it at the House of Yves Saint Laurent, and then add wheels to the bottom? A four-wheel roller skate thats reminiscent of those scuffed rentals at the skating rink complete with a stopper on the front but with chic black-and-white leather color blocks that scream modern French design. While the skates are simply YSLs high-top tennies on wheels, they are rolling out in small numbers as part of the fashion houses 2013 Fall/Winter Collection, and are available only at YSLs American flagships in Beverly Hills and New York. Naturally, limited editions of a childhood obsession, at $1,150 a pair, are made for the most discriminating of skaters those who have long eschewed the late 1990s fad of rollerblading in lieu of a more sensible way to glide across the earth. Rumor has it that YSL creative director Hedi Slimane wears a pair around the Paris showroom, casually zipping from rack of slender-cut suits to tables of elegant silk ties. Which is all fine, but how well do these hokey-pokey?
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