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Designer John Elliot Gives Lexus UX Rad-Looking White Tires

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2019 Lexus UX Sole of UX
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Maybe you’re among the masses who wonders from time to time why tires are only offered in black? Why can we not have tires in fresh colors like red or blue or some kind of shimmery mermaid/unicorn style? Designer John Elliot, who’s well known in the world of kicks thanks to his all-white John Elliot x Nike Air Force 1 shoes, teamed with Lexus to shows us just how fresh a vehicle can look riding on white tires with his Sole of the UX concept.

Sole of the UX debuted at Elliot’s New York Fashion Week afterparty earlier this month. These white-on-white tires borrow from the design of the John Elliot x AF1s with double-stitched leather and a stepped metal air valve made to resemble a shoelace tip. Appropriate to the white-on-white theme, the Sole of the UX tires adorn an all-white Lexus UX, making a vehicle intended for urban exploration look even more city-stylish.

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“The first-ever Lexus UX was engineered and designed for the city,” said Lisa Materazzo, Lexus vice president of marketing. “We wanted to push that concept even further by creating the ultimate homage to urban style: tires inspired by classic, street-style sneakers.”

2019 Lexus UX Sole of UX
Photo: Lexus

The Lexus UX with Sole of UX tires will make appearances around the country this year at as-yet-unnamed events, but that is likely the extent of the experiment’s reach. Though these white tires definitely look fresh to death, they likely won’t be making the leap to production. But we’ve been surprised before, and suddenly being told that you can get a Lexus UX with some dope-looking white tires would be the best kind of surprise.

“We were excited to merge the streetwear narrative and design cues of our Air Force 1 with a brand like Lexus. We’re thankful they’ve allowed us to use this moment to celebrate the arts and to bring extra energy to our take on a classic,” said Elliott. “It’s fun to partner with brands that typically live outside the fashion community because it allows us to evolve and continue to push our own boundaries.”

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