News of the new project was shared by the designer himself at his Jo Malone x Paul Andrew dinner in New York on Wednesday.
“The decision to collaborate came about quite organically actually,” the designer told Footwear News. “Ansel gave my introduction speech at the  Footwear News Achievement Awards where I was honored as Designer of the Year and from that evening on we kept in touch, bouncing ideas off one and other. Ansel is a sneaker connoisseur and a true artist, so partnering with him on this has really been a dream.”
During Andrew’s men’s fall 2017 collection presentation in January, he shared his thoughts on the outlook for the men’s category.
“Sneakers are clearly a driving force in the men’s market at the moment,” Andrew explained. “I do feel that there will be a return to more of a more formal silhouette, so I really want to establish myself in that market.”
Andrew and Elgort’s synchronicity was on show at the Footwear News Achievement Awards last year, where Elgort presented Andrew with the Designer of the Year award.
“Paul wanted me to tell everyone here that everyone gets a free pair of Paul Andrew shoes,” Elgort joked.
Andrew is nominated for Accessories Designer of the Year at the 2017 CFDA Awards, held June 5, along with Coach, Irene Neuwirth, Mansur Gavriel and The Row.