100% of the proceeds from Walk a Mile in My Shoes will go toward five different non-profit organizations.

By Samantha Sutton
Jun 16, 2021 @ 2:19 pm
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Portrait of Christian Louboutin, Idris and Sabrina Elba
Credit: Misan Harriman

Celebrity fashion collaborations are really nothing new. But a celebrity fashion collaboration that comes with a powerful message and donates 100% of proceeds to charity? Well, that's certainly something special and newsworthy.

That's the actual story behind Idris and Sabrina Elba's new Christian Louboutin collection, Walk a Mile in My Shoes. According to a press release from the brand, after seeing the couple engage in important online conversations last year, speaking out about privilege, systematic injustice, and racism, the designer himself - a friend of the Elbas - reached out to them. Together, they came up with an idea for the collection as a way to raise awareness about these issues and "champion organizations who are already creating an unbelievable difference to those within their communities."

Walk a mile in my shoes
Credit: Julien Vallon
Walk a mile in my shoes
Credit: Julien Vallon

Aside from all proceeds benefitting five different grassroots organizations across three continents - Immediate Theater, Be Rose International Foundation, Purposeful, Somali Hope Foundation, and Gathering for Justice - which work on various causes from access to the arts to ending child incarceration, the designs come with meaning. For starters, the name "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" is inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and, according to the iconic shoe brand, is "a call to action" asking people to support "the victims of police brutality and racial injustice in the United States, small farmers and their children in Somalia, disconnected underserved youth in England, and orphaned children and young girls in Sierra Leone."

The collection, which comes in two chapters, also features designs that include the plant Strelitzia reginae, aka "Mandela's Gold," which symbolizes empathy, hope, and freedom.

Walk a mile in my shoes
Credit: Julien Vallon
Walk a mile in my shoes
Credit: Julien Vallon

The full Christian x Elba Walk a Mile in My Shoes collection is available to shop now on christianlouboutin.com, where customers can choose from sneakers, heels, bags, and more. While prices range from the high hundreds to the low thousands, these pieces are more than just beautiful investment pieces - they're helping to make the world a better place with each purchase.

Walk a mile in my shoes
Credit: Julien Vallon
Walk a mile in my shoes
Credit: Julien Vallon