Idris Elba Launches New Louboutin Shoe Collection Inspired by Martin Luther King

The ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ actor teams up with top designer Christian Louboutin to release a charitable shoe collection inspired by the iconic human rights activist.

AceShowbizIdris Elba and his wife Sabrina have teamed up with designer Christian Louboutin on a capsule shoe collection to benefit five charities chosen by the stars.

The Walk a Mile in My Shoes collection, which launches on Wednesday (16Jun21) was inspired by an Instagram Live conversation between Idris, Sabrina, and Black Lives Matters co-founder and activist Opal Tometi prompting the shoe designer to reach out to his celebrity friends.

“Idris was very clear about the importance of making a contribution, whether through a donation or work toward lasting, structural change,” Christian explains to The Hollywood Reporter. “Watching such dear friends’ commitment to something so important moved me a lot.”

“I agreed that of course we have to take action, but I wanted to offer more than a check; I wanted to provide practical solutions that ladder up to systemic change for communities.”

The 20-piece collection, which includes a red-trimmed black high-top sneaker dubbed the 1988 SL, co-designed by the actor and Louboutin, is crafted in black leather or other materials, with Walk a Mile in My Shoes emblazoned in red embroidery or strass crystals.

The name of the collection was influenced by a visit Idris made to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Los Angeles.

“The collection is meant in no way to suggest that anyone walk in our shoes specifically, but to look and be open and understanding to those around you who may not have the same privilege in life and are facing systematic injustices that we all need to rally against,” Idris adds.

All the proceeds from the initiative, available at select Christian Louboutin boutiques and the brand’s website, will go to five non-profit organisations chosen by the trio; London-based Immediate Theatre, Somali Hope Foundation, which offers free schooling for children in a rural town, Maryland-based Be Rose International Foundation, a humanitarian-relief group that assists women and children in vulnerable communities; Dallas-based Purposeful Philanthropy Foundation, which provides mentorship for girls; and The Gathering for Justice, the New York-based organisation co-founded by Harry Belafonte, which works for criminal-justice reform.

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