Vault by Vans x ALYX (aye-leeks) – Footwear Collection (7.29.17)

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This summer, Vault by Vans collaborates with premium fashion label, ALYX, to create a harmonious blend of high and low style with an 11-piece footwear collection. Designed by ALYX creative director Matthew Williams, the Vault by Vans x ALYX collection features deluxe versions of iconic Vans silhouettes that haven’t been released in over two decades. William’s inspiring California roots connect the ALYX brand with Vans’ skate heritage, taking his youth culture inspired designs and adding elements of luxury for this special collaboration.

“For this Vans release, we really focused on the history of Vans and referenced past silhouettes that have since been retired. It was an incredible experience to go through the past archives and reintroduce these styles with our own ALYX details,” Williams said.

ALYX is Williams’ first solo project after exploring a multitude of creative pursuits, including art direction, clothing design, video direction and photography. Although Williams takes pride in helping craft visual identities within the fashion and entertainment industries, ALYX is a passion project that serves as an extension of his own personal interests and influences. Williams lives in New York City but has deep history in Venice Beach and has since embraced strong ties to skate culture and the Southern California lifestyle.

This July, the Vault by Vans x ALYX collection highlights a distinct color palette that reflects Vans’ design heritage matched to the ALYX palette. The assortment introduces the OG Style 138 LX in black, white and red iterations, the Authentic (Convertible) 43 LX with a unique lacing system and collapsible heel, and the OG Style 29 LX featuring black, white and pink versions, all boasting a luxe metal detailing.

The Vault by Vans x ALYX collection retails from $120 to $195 USD and launches globally on July 29, 2017 at select Vault accounts. Learn more about this special project at Vans.com/vault.

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Vans Skate x Thrasher – Collection (7.29.17)

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Words via Hypebeast:

“After images leaked earlier this year, official confirmation of Vans‘s collaboration with the iconic skateboarding bible Thrasher Magazine has now arrived. The capsule collection includes both apparel and footwear, with Thrasher’s iconic flames logo featuring prominently, as well as a reference to Vans’s legendary skater John Cardiel and his 1992 “Skater of the Year” award.

The collection sees some of Vans’s most recognizable silhouettes given a rework, including the Sk8-Hi Pros and Slip-On Pros as well as the all-new UltraRange Pro that made its debut recently. For the apparel offering, the two skating giants have teamed up on everything from staples such as T-shirts and hoodies, to wide-leg chinos and even a M65 military jacket.

Take a look at the collection above, as it will be available from the Vans webstore on July 29 with prices ranging from $39 USD to $99 USD for apparel, and $99 USD to $169 USD for footwear.”

Check out the apparel pics over on Hypebeast.

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Vans Anaheim Factory – Checkerboard Pack (Available Now!)

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Words via Vans:

“Vans looks to its past to bring forth two Checkerboard patterns from the Vans archives as an update to the Anaheim Factory Pack. First introduced last season, the Anaheim Factory Pack takes elements from the original make and model of Vans Classic Icons and reinvents them with the Vans’ innovative UltraCushÔ foam technology for premium comfort.

The Authentic 44 DX and Style 36 DX were developed to match the original construction of the Classics that were produced in the first Vans factory in Anaheim, California. Cotton laces, heavy 10 oz. canvas, style numbers, original drill lining found on the heel of each shoe and a higher glossed foxing tape that captures the sheen that came from the original vulcanization process, are all design elements that were seen over 51 years ago.  As a nod to the retro styling, Vans designers dressed the Authentic 44 DX and Style 36 DX with Checkerboard in OG black and mauve colorways. Along with the timeless design, each model has been upgraded with an UltraCushÔ sockliner delivering modernized comfort.”

The Anaheim Factory Pack pays homage to Vans’ humble beginnings that led to five decades of pinnacle design. To catch the limited run of Classics, visit Vans stores and vans.com/classics OR click on the pic above to purchase now!

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Vans – UltraRange (Now Available!)

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Via Vans:

Vans embarks on a journey to adventure with the worldwide release of the UltraRange campaign on Saturday, July 15. Marking a major milestone in Vans’ footwear design history, the UltraRange leads the path forward for innovation, emphasizing the brand’s expanded vision to create a versatile footwear model that provides advanced comfort, lightweight traction, and superior mobility combined with Vans’ timeless style.

Living out of a suitcase on multiple expeditions a year, Vans pro surfer Pat Gudauskas finds endless inspiration traveling around the world in search of the perfect surf. With his collaborative insight, Vans ventured to create a new silhouette that offered maximum versatility across diverse landscapes and lifestyles. “What if we created something that brings the look of Vans together with the functionality needed for different terrains—city streets, boardwalks, mountain paths,” Pat expressed. “…Bring the element of comfortable, hearty and functional all in one shoe—it would have comfort and utility, but look like Vans no matter where you are.”

“Design and functional product feedback from our athletes has been critical to the evolution of Vans product development ever since Tony Alva asked for a shoe with additional padding to help him progress his skateboarding technique,” said Dave Solomon, Vans VP of Global Product, Footwear. “As Vans continues to grow, it’s essential that we continue to engage with the people that live our brand ethos and extend our products through innovative technology while maintaining Vans’ classic design to enable their daily pursuits.”

With a modern shape and new co-molded midsole, the UltraRange unveils Vans’ next generation of footwear technology, while paying homage to its rich history with the iconic Vans Sidestripe. The slim-profile, low-top design blends premium materials, breathable textiles, and a responsive sock-fit construction, empowering your adventure from the ground up.

UltraRange Features

  • Vans’ first-ever co-molded midsole merging UltraCush™ Lite foam cushioning with rubber inspired by Vans’ original waffle outsole for elevated comfort and versatility
  • LuxLiner™ internal sock-fit construction for seamless comfort
  • Vans’ reverse waffle lug offering superior grip and traction
  • Breathable, lightweight mesh upper for increased airflow and enhanced flex
  • Rapidweld stitchless construction for increased flexibility in high-abrasion areas while reducing pressure points on the foot

The Vans UltraRange embraces a life of exploration, enabling creative pursuits from all corners of the globe to inspire you to get there—new cities, new spots, new unknowns. Visit Vans.com/Ultrarange to learn more.

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Vans Vault x Sole Classics – “Lucky 13” Mid Skool ’77 LX & Old Skool LX (7.15.17)

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Words via Nicekicks:

“In the spirit of champions, Sole Classics and Vans Vault team up to deliver a double collaborative effort that is a sure winner. This unique partnership sees both the Old Skool LX and Mid Skool LX transcend the realm of skating and enter the gridiron as Ohio is largely known for its championship caliber play at many levels of the game of Football.

On July 15th, 2017 the two will release an Old Skool LX and Mid Skool ’77 LX to recreate a footwear version of a Varsity Letterman jacket. Both shoes equipped with premium leathers, wool, satin, felt, chenille, and a set of pins, these shoes are sure to make you feel like it is Friday night, under the lights.”

The Sole Classics x Vans Vault “Lucky 13” pack will drop at only three locations as well as online at Sole Classics:

  •  Sole Classics Midwest Project Pop-up
    501 N Fairfax Ave.,  Los Angeles, CA
  • Sole Classics
    846 N High St. Columbus, OH
  • Sole Classics AGENDA Pop-up
    300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA

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Vans Vault x Undefeated – OG Sk8-Hi LX (7.8.17)

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It’s been a good 7 years since we’ve seen an UNDEFEATED Vans collaboration, but wait no more, as they’ve just announced their next project, due out this coming Saturday, July 8th.  This time around, they went with the OG Sk8-Hi LX, featuring their signature “UNDFTD” logo, oversized to cover up the entire side panels.  UNDEFEATED chose to go with 4 tonal colorways: Safety Orange, Desert Khaki, Dodger Blue, and Jet Black.  The waffle soles and heel tab are Safety Orange, and there’s custom 5-strike and Undefeated logos sewn on to the tongue label.  The pack finishes off nicely with custom military inspired olive green boxes.  The shoes will release this Sturday at a retail price of $80 each.

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Vans Vault x Alyx – Collection 2 (7.22.17)

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It appears that Vans Vault and Alyx are teaming up with a second collection, right off of the heels of their first collection.  This time, they chose a few new models, including an OG Sk8-Hi LX with a half-moon toe aka the Style 138, similar to the Gosha Rubchinskiy version, which will be available in all white, or all black with a white contrasting jazz stripe.  There’s also another blast from the past, by way of an Authentic LX convertible, allowing you to fold down the heel and step into them.  There’s also a Style 29 with the classic lug sole (not sure if they’re calling these a Style 29 or not).  This pack will be releasing at Stylebop, and we’re unsure about a wider release, but if you keep your ears to the street, I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for.  Until then, enjoy some pics via Hypebae!

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Vans ArcAd – Style 113 Pro USA ArcAd (7.8.17) #ArcAd

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Vans Pro Skate commemorates its original American-made heritage with the Style 113 Pro USA ArcAd, the first Made in USA Vans performance skate shoe in over 20 years. Available to select Vans Pro Skate accounts worldwide and limited to 700 individually-numbered pairs (350 each color) on Saturday, July 8, the Style 113 Pro USA ArcAd is handcrafted using a combination of modern machinery and traditional craftwork to achieve a unique balance of heritage and evolution.

The Style 113 Pro USA ArcAd offers the quality and character that Vans’ handcrafted, USA-made shoes were known for with the following enhancements:

  • Vans Pro Skate UltraCush HD sockliners that include an anatomical heel cup and arch contour to provide the ultimate comfort and support.
  • Vans’ original Sidestripe stitched over an anatomically paneled, asymmetrical upper.
  • Designed with the highest quality suedes, leathers, and leather liners with construction specifically engineered to allow the shoe to stretch, form and flex, creating a more personalized fit with time and wear.
  • Utilizes a thicker, more durable sole with double-stitched heel and a molded “Off The Wall” heel scab.
  • A “Made in USA” woven label on the tongue, with Pro Skate ArcAd sequential numbering and a US manufactured stamp on the inside liner, completing each pair with its own individual mark.
  • Offered in white leather uppers with black outsoles or black leather with white outsoles. Both refined colorways are finished off with flat waxed canvas laces.

In honor of Vans’ original American-made footwear era beginning in 1966, Vans debuts the Style 113 Pro USA ArcAd on July 8 at select Vans Pro Skate accounts worldwide. To find out more information, visit Vans ArcAd.

My personal take:

The unofficially announced, rumored price is set at $270 a piece.  Very steep for a pair of Vans, but not the most expensive we’ve seen.  Yes, expensive for a shoe aimed at skaters, but then again skate is now high fashion!  Besides that, these are made in the USA.  Let me repeat…THESE VANS ARE MADE RIGHT HERE IN THE USA!!!  You asked for it, and now it’s here.  Our buddies over at Strictly Waffles said it best, when comparing them to any other shoe made here in the USA, which you’re easily looking at $200+ a pair, and $400+ for any good boot.  We sometimes spend more than that in a few weeks on multiple pairs.  Put your money where your mouth is, and support this awesome idea.  Hopefully we can see some classic silhouettes come out of this venture in the future.  This just opened up a bunch of new opportunities for Vans, and possibly to gain another edge on the competition.  Such an amazing time to be a part of the Vans community!!!

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How Vans Old Skools Are Made (Video)

I may have posted this a long time ago, but if you grew up watching Mr. Rogers and all those visits to factories, and then later on now in life with How It’s Made, then you’ll enjoy this video.  Thanks to Damon Stewart for posting this up in Strictly Waffles, lol.

Vans Vault x The General DQM – Old Skool Mesh LX (7.1.17)

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This summer, The General presents a brand new style, debuting a full nylon mesh upper for the classic Old Skool skate silhouette. Made exclusively for The General store in New York City, the new Mesh Old Skool LX is inspired by mid-century architectural forms and modern sports garment fabrications, traditional sports uniform palettes and mid-century graphics. The shoe has a modern, minimal feel in solid colors paired with true white outsoles. The pared back styling includes a flat, embroidered sidestripe, matching color sock liner and cotton webbing heel pull. The shoes come with a tracer cord lace, which combined with the nylon mesh material gives the shoes a light-weight and subtly technical feel reminiscent of classic summer sports.

The Mesh Old Skool LX is available in black, white, navy and burgundy in men’s and women’s sizes and will release this Saturday, 1st July exclusively at The General in New York.

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