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Retro Repeat: Levi’s for Feet Returns Nearly 50 Years Later

Levi’s has renewed that ’70s shoe.

The jeanswear giant has resurrected its Levi’s for Feet collection, a series of shoes and sneakers it launched in September 1975 with 12 original models.

Dropping in the U.S. on Oct. 27 after debuting in Europe earlier this month, the revamped unisex offer begins with two models from the archives, the RVN 75 and the RVN 75 Low. The other 10 archival models will be added in future seasons. The new styles retain the “young, rugged, casual look” that Levi’s first described them as having upon their introduction 47 years ago.

The RVN 75 (originally called the Raven) features a moc toe with a mid-ankle and a gum rubber sole. The RVN 75 Low (originally the Raven Low) is a low-top version of the former. Both come in men’s and women’s sizes and are available in three colors of suede—tan and chocolate for the RVN 75 and for the RVN Low 75, tan for men, off-white for women and chocolate for both. Tumbled or vegetable-tanned full-grain leather options are also available.

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The suede is sourced from the Steads tannery in Leeds, England, one of the oldest and most prestigious tanneries in the U.K. Both the tumbled and full-grain leather options come from the Horween tannery in Chicago. Founded in 1905, Horween is one of the oldest tanneries in the U.S. and is considered one of the world’s best producers of full-grain leather. All the Levi’s for Feet shoes are assembled in Portugal.

Each pair features a Levi’s orange tab on the outside of the right shoe that matches the tab on the right pocket of Levi’s Orange Tab jeans. Orange Tab was the company’s “fashion denim” that was popular with youth in the 1960s and ’70s and is now sold through its secondhand business, which it launched in 2020.

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The packaging for the revived footwear includes a shoe bag and an orange-top box, inside of which is tissue paper lining printed with all 12 models of the original 1970s Levi’s for Feet collection. Each pair will also come with a tag from either the Horween or the Steads tannery.

The collection will retail for $200-$225.