'Always with us V' – Lewis Hamilton remembers Louis Vuitton designer and close pal Virgil Abloh with trainer tribute | The Sun

LEWIS HAMILTON has revealed another touching tribute to the late Louis Vuitton designer and close pal Virgil Abloh courtesy of his new trainers.

The seven-time Formula One world champion, 36, took to social media last November following the death of the 41-year-old.

Now he has decided to honour his memory more by showing off his new designer sneakers which have the word “Virgil” on the side along with a copyright logo and “2020” inscribed.

Along with the snap of his sneaks on his Instagram story, he also captioned it with: “Always with us V.”

Hamilton – who has confirmed he WILL be in Canada this weekend grabbing his back in agony after taking the chequered flag P4 in Sunday's Azerbaijan GP – shared a picture of the pair posing together, the two embracing and a short video hugging at an event after his passing.

In a heartfelt message, the British racing driver wrote to his 25.4million Instagram followers: "I’ve spent the last day trying to think of what to say, but words fail me as I try to accept the reality of Virgil’s passing.


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"Yesterday’s news left me in shock. Virgil and I were just texting a couple weeks ago about working together, collaborating and dreaming. One minute you’re here and the next you’re gone.

"Virgil showed us that dreams, no matter how big they are, can always be turned into reality. He was a visionary, somebody that forever pushed boundaries and never let anything or anyone hold him back.

"He was always the kindest in the room and in his short time, was a true game-changer and inspired so many of us to see fashion in a different light.

"An icon and legend that will forever live on — we will never forget what he did for Black culture.

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"I am so entirely grateful to him for always including me, seeing me and supporting me.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his loving wife Shannon and his two children Lowe and Grey. There’s nothing more precious than time."

Abloh founded fashion brand Off-White in 2012, collaborated closely with Kanye West and was also the artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection from 2018 until his death.

With Hamilton also passionate about fashion, the pair struck up a friendship.

In addition to being a fashion designer, Abloh was also an entrepreneur and DJ.

He earned a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to get a Master's Degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

But American Abloh had secretly been suffering with a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma, prior to his passing.

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