Vans x Supreme – Sk8-Mid Pro “Velvet Leopard” (Spring/Summer 2017)

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Words via Supreme:

“Supreme will be releasing a new version of the Vans® Sk8-Mid Pro. The shoe features a premium suede and velvet leopard upper with embroidered logo on heel, leather lining and vulcanized outsole. Made exclusively for Supreme, the Sk8-Mid Pro will be offered in four colorways.”

Available in-store NY, LA, London, Paris and online March 2nd.

Available in Japan March 4th.

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Vault x Union – OG Old Skool LX (3.18.17)

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Words via Union:

“Union Los Angeles is proud to announce the launch date for our first collaboration with our Cali neighbors, Vans.
On March 18th, we will release three colors of the Union x Vans ‘Old Skool’ collaboration; A Dusty Pink, A Muted Gold and an Off White.
The shoe’s design is simple, but the devil is in the details.  For the main body of the shoe we used a “lux” twill weave matched with a smooth, buttery suede and the Vans “stripe” is made of a smooth “lux” pebble grain leather.  Each shoe is tonal, head to toe with the exception of the inner shoe, we used a natural veg-tan leather on. As for the sole unit, we popped with a marine blue boat-shoe sole, just for shits and giggles.

We will be launching some accompanying apparel with the capsule so stay tuned for more images and further editorials leading up to the release.”

Judging by the pics, these look to be a Vault OG release.  The footbed says ORIGINALS on it.  Not sure how or why Union would fail to mention it.  I guess these are just another pair of Vans “lows” huh?  One other feature that even Union failed to mention, which stands out the most to me, is the two oversized “donut” lace eyelets.  Something you don’t see every day.

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Vans Japan x BEAMS – Reverse Checker Slip-On (April 2017)

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Words via Hypebeast:

“Vans and Japanese retailer BEAMS recently unveiled its latest collaborative project which sees the classic checkerboard slip-on get flipped inside out. Although the overall silhouette of the shoe remains unchanged, virtually every element of the shoe’s construction is flipped. The checkboard pattern found on the shoe’s canvas upper is hidden on the inside, the back red heel branding is flipped and the outsole is reversed so that the indents usually found on the gum outsole are raised. Retailing at ¥8,500 JPY (approximately $75 USD), the Vans x BEAMS reverse checkerboard slip-on will be available through a lottery at BEAMS Harajuku location April 1.”

This is a pretty cool and original idea, and I’m really liking it.  Hopefully we don’t see too many others trying to copy this, but if they do, we know that Vans Japan thought of it first!

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Vans, the Icon of Creative Expression, Highlights the Diverse Meaning of “Off The Wall”

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Words via Vans:

“Vans, the original action sports and one of the largest youth culture brands in the world, today announced the release of its global campaign, This Is Off The Wall.  Following up on Vans’ 50th anniversary series, which welcomed newcomers to the brand’s rich heritage and thanked decades of loyalists, the 2017 campaign focuses on creative expression, the core of Vans’ “Off The Wall” culture.

To demonstrate the breadth of activities and pursuits that define “Off The Wall,” Vans has developed a digital campaign utilizing a range of film techniques, from slow motion to time-lapse, focusing on the creative endeavors in action sports, art, music and street culture that Vans champions. Vans showcases the essence of “Off The Wall” through a diverse set of ambassadors within a hero montage and a series of shorter spots.

“The meaning of ‘Off The Wall’ is the very ethos of Vans, the very identity of our brand – its everything we stand for,” said Doug Palladini, Vans Global Brand President. “We’re pleased to tell this inspiring and sincere, five-decade-long story through our family of ambassadors who have been brought together by their diverse passions for creativity.”

This Is Off The Wall taps into Vans professional athletes, artists, musicians and style purveyors who have long and personal histories with the brand. Their stories are each unique and told through a variety of tones, but ultimately shine a light on the passions that Vans has always supported. The visual nature and emotions that are evoked in each story are easily translatable around the world, showing that creative exprAession is inclusive and without borders. 

 Fara Howard, Vans’ VP of Global Marketing, shares, “It’s hard to assign one definition to ‘Off The Wall’, so we wanted to deliver a campaign that truly shows how our mantra takes shape through various forms of creativity. Whether that’s through music, surfing, skateboarding or customizing a pair of shoes, all the stories told will communicate the distinct way in which Vans looks at the world.”

“Off The Wall” was a term coined when skateboarders in the mid ‘70s were landing new tricks in empty pools by literally skating off the wall. At that time, skateboarders were outcasts of society who expressed themselves through the style of their sport. These individuals were not only the pioneers of skateboarding, but also lived and breathed creativity through art, music, fashion and local culture. For more than 50 years, “Off The Wall” has been synonymous with that original spirit of rebellion and creative expression. 

Visit www.vans.com/#offthewall to watch the This Is Off The Wall series and visit www.houseofvans.com to see how “Off The Wall” will come to life throughout the year.

Vans Pro x Sketchy Tank – Sk8-Hi Pro, Style 112 Pro, and Slip-On Pro (Available Now!)

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We’ve seen a few teaser photos of the Vans Pro x Sketchy Tank collab, but we now get to see the entire collection as it is all available on Zumiez as we speak.  Stores also received a small allocation, but if you don’t want to risk it, then just purchase them online.  The pack consists of a Sk8-Hi Pro in all canvas with Sketchy Tank accents on the jazz stripe, heel panel, and graphic on the waffle sole, a Style 112 Pro in all black with a small logo on the heel mustache, and a Slip-On Pro in all white, featuring tattoo-style artwork on the entire  canvas upper.  There are also a few apparel pieces to add to this rad collection.  Go and cop now, or regret it later!

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Vault x Our Legacy – Collection (2.25.17)

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Vault by Vans teams up with Our Legacy out of Sweden, to bring this overwhelmingly robust collection, full of very high quality pieces.  If you’re like me, and have never heard of Our Legacy, then Vans has been kind enough to interview co-owner Jockum Hallin about his brand and his style influence.  After reading the short article, I really respect his approach to what he produces.  With a focus on fabric, color choices, and dyeing techniques, and not over designing things, they’re able to let the fabrics and silhouettes do the talking.  That’s exactly what you are getting with this pack.  Vans approached them to do a small project, but they came back with a much larger idea, and after a little bit of compromise, they ended up with a mere 10 shoes, a bunch of tees, a hoodie, and a coaches jacket.  Needless to say, this is a big one.

Our Legacy holds themselves to a high standard, and it shows in the attention to details of this collection.  They chose their favorite models, the Authentic Pro LX, Old Skool Pro 92 LX, Half Cab Pro 92 LX, and a Sk8-Mid Pro 91 LX.  It’s worth noting that we haven’t seen a Pro LX model yet, so this is a cool first.  Each pair consists of a high quality army nylon, hairy suede, or a mixture of both.  The Half Cab appears to be the band leader with it’s bright orange hairy suede, but the low-key winner is the Sk8-Mid with it’s single-stitch collar, for that true vintage vibe.  That’s the one.

To really understand this pack, you just have to read the Vans interview, but enjoy the pics after the jump!

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Vans Vault x Opening Ceremony – Passion Pack (Feb. 2017)

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Opening Ceremony has just came out with their latest round of tonal Vans Vault leather shoes, which are sort of becoming their staple.  This time around we get two OG Sk8-Hi LX’s, three OG Old Skool LX’s, and a new OG Style 23 LX aka Prison Issue.  We see some new colorways for this pack, all bright and vivid colors, like Jester Red, Sulphur, Orchid Bouquet, and White.  One color throughout.  From the laces, to the waffle sole.  That might be for you, or it might not, but one thing’s for sure, these do look beautiful!  Cop a pair now from Opening Ceremony’s webstore, ranging in price from $110-$120.

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Vans x Offspring – Old Skool 36 Reissue “Pony Hair” (UTP Review) @OffspringShoes

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It’s been too long since I’ve done a review on any sneakers, but this will be the first one for 2017, which also just happens to be Under The Palms’ 10th Anniversary year, so how bout that?

For our first review, we’re going over this fine looking Old Skool 36 Reissue you see right here, a collaborative project with the UK’s Offspring, celebrating their 20th anniversary.  Fresh off the heels of their Clothsurgeon collab, they are back at it with a “Pony Hair” pack which also consisted of a tan colored Slip-On.  The shoe is constructed primarily in black short-grain suede, with pony hair material for the side panels.  What makes these interesting, and something I failed to notice on the original pics, is that the pony hair is checkerboard on the medial side of the shoe, while the lateral side is all black.  Perfect if you want to keep things low-key simple, yet still be about that Vans life.  You know what I’m talking about!  The waffle soles are clear, with artwork that we’ve seen in previous posts of their storefront on Neal St., and there is simple Offspring branding printed on the footbed.  These Old Skools are finished off nicely with tonal marshmallow white vulcanized soles, for a mature and semi-formal look.  All in all, I really am digging these.  I’m a sucker for tonal colored shoes where multiple contrasting materials are used, especially when they’re of higher quality, and that’s exactly what we have here.  Great job Offspring, and thanks to Aman for the assist!

These are still available in a few sizes from Offspring’s webstore.

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Vans x Madness – Sk8-Hi & Sk8-Mid (2.11.17)

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Words via Hypebeast:

“Vans recently teamed up with Hong Kong-based streetwear label MADNESS for a footwear collection of two iconic models: the Sk8-Hi and the Sk8-Mid. The line combines MADNESS founder Shawn Yue’s fine sense of style with the Vans Classics’ styling ease, urban versatility and encouragement of creative self-expression. Both the Sk8-Hi and the Sk8-Mid feature gray and blue full-suede uppers, creating an understated two-tone effect in two colorways: a monochromatic light gray upper with a white midsole, and a black and Prussian blue upper with a black midsole. Other subtle details include the quotation “all work and no play makes you mad” printed on the midsoles, a line from the tattoo on Shawn’s hand inspired by the movie The Shining‘s famous verse “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” The proportion and detailing of the tongue gusset are specifically tailored to Shawn’s styling, which allows you to wear the pair with or without laces, whereas the Sk8-Hi features an additional zipper in the rear for easy access. The Vans x MADNESS collection will pre-launch at the MADNESS Beijing Shop and online store on February 11. A wider release will take place at select Vans stores in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Japan and Taiwan on February 18.”

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Vans Vault – OG Authentic LX & OG Sk8-Hi LX (Spring 2017)

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We finally get a look at the next round of Vans Vault OG’s.  These are always a winner in our book.  Colors and shape are vintage-esque, and the price points are exactly where we like them.  For Spring ’17, we see the OG Authentic LX return in 3 colorways: Olive, Cumin, and Storm Blue, while the OG Sk8-Hi LX appears in: Ghost Grey, Antelope, and Blue Nights.  These are already starting to pop up at a few Vault dealers like Hot Rod, but should be everywhere Vaults are sold, soon.

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