The outfits, which include Louboutin’s red-soled shoes, will be worn by more than 100 Cuban athletes at the Olympics’ formal occasions, including the opening and closing ceremonies. Louboutin designed a special high-top sneaker and loafer style for the men, as well as a kitten heel sandal for the female athletes.
All of the athletes were involved in shaping and choosing the pieces in the collection. “It’s the elegance and fluidity of movement of someone who is so in control of their body that fascinates me,” said Henri Tai, founder of Sporty Henri.
“At the Olympics, it feels like these athletes put on performance gear and simultaneously turn into these superheroes that defy gravity. … We designed the celebratory outfit for the moment they turn back into humans.”
The collaboration was launched today at an event in Lisbon, hosted by actor and former Olympic athlete Pedro Lima. Other athletes in attendance included volleyball player Regla Torres, boxer Fèlix Savòn and fencer Ringo Quintera.
Last month, Louboutin debuted its spring ’17 men’s collection. It drew influences from the craft of bike repairing by incorporating heavy-metal studding and burnished leathers.