Vans Vault – OG Sk8-Hi, Old Skool, and Era LX (Available Now @hotrodla) #HRLA

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Boy, all of the new round of Vaults this season are amazing, especially with the OG series.  They continue to come up with unique vintage-esque colorways that just seem to work really fucking well.  We already love our OG Vaults, mainly because of the vintage shape, heavyweight canvas/suede combos, and leather linings, oh and I can’t forget the awesomely affordable prices, but it’s the colors that really make them such a hit.  You have to have a few pairs in your footwear rotation at all times.  For the current offerings, Vault did the OG Old Skool up in an Olive or Bronze colorway, while the OG Era was done up in a Lead colorway which we first got a glimpse of with the Prison Issue awhile back, and the Sk8-Hi now sees the same color mock-up as well as a Raven colorway which is the favorite amongst most, with it’s dark charcoal (almost black) color.  Following in the theme of all the prior OG releases from earlier in the year, each pair sports a classic royal blue foxing stripe.  Classic indeed.  Classy fasho.  Thanks to Hot Rod, we get a first look and chance to buy these, but your local Vault dealers will be dropping these soon if not already.

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Vans Vault – Sk8-Hi Reissue Lite LX & Old Skool Lite LX (Available Now @properlbc)

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Proper gives us one of the first looks at the latest Vans Vault Lite collection.  The popularity of the Lite models has really started to take off, especially since it looks like the manufacturing processes of the soles have improved.  We’re starting to see less angles and creases in the one-piece UltraCush foxing, making them look even closer to our beloved classics, but the comfort is still top-notch compared to any other Vans out there.  This season, Vault went with a premium tonal nubuck for the entire uppers, available in some stunning colorways such as Dark Steel, Blue, Brown, Black, and Navy, but these aren’t your typical basic colors by any means.  The pics Proper took will give you a much better perspective.  As with most of these Vault Lites, the prices are a little bit higher than what we’re used to, but considering that the soles last longer, and are much easier to clean (baby wipes does the trick, no lie!), you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth.

Now available from Proper, and will be hitting your local Vault dealer soon!

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Vans x Madrid – 50th Anniversary Sk8-Hi Pro ’87 aka “Madrid Reissue Pro” (8.20.16 via @silostore) #silostore

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Although we’ve seen various shops release these already, there was a hard release that was supposed to be set in place for this weekend, August 20th, and the homies at Silo are one of a select few Pro accounts that will be releasing the Vans x Madrid “Fly Paper” Sk8-Hi Pro ’87.  This model is more of a Native American design, but with a crescent moon toe cap, thus the unique name “Madrid Reissue Pro”.  Since it’s late 80’s debut, this model has only retro’d once, and that was under the Vault line, and was nearly identical to this one, except that this one features the Pro benefits like the Duracap, and UltraCushHD footbeds.  The CMYK Madrid embroidered labels are present on the side panel and tongue, as well as the “Fly Paper” printed canvas on the side panels.  Check out the project briefing over on Silo’s webstore, where the link to the shoes will be live on Saturday.  Don’t sleep on these dope Vans!

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C2H4 x Pros by CH – “Re-Blue Project” Old Skool & Slip-On (Available Now! @c2h4_la) #c2h4

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Words via Hypebeast:
“C2H4 Los Angeles introduces the “Re-Blue Project,” a DIY-take on two classic Vans silhouettes. Taking on the classic Old Skool and the Authentic, C2H4 has meticulously deconstructed each shoe, applied hand-painted features, and revamped the shoes with details such as tonal leather laces, stripped eyelets, and a denim pattern overlay. Each shoe is unique in its own way and the limited capsule collection is available now, with the Old Skool retailing for $315 USD and the Slip-On for $280 USD.”

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Vans Vault x Wtaps – “Original Classics” Collection (8.20.16)

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Vans and WTAPS mark a new milestone in their storied partnership to unveil a premium 10-piece footwear and apparel collection, deeply rooted in a philosophy derived from the finest Japanese craftsmanship.  As Vans celebrates its 50th anniversary and WTAPS approaches their 20th year, both brands honor their history by introducing an Anaconda-inspired embossed leather pack in three new colorways, alongside a collection of Vault by Vans Original Classics highlighting the coveted Bones motif.  Arguably the most sought-after design emblem in the history of Vans x WTAPS projects, the white stitched Bones motif resurfaces on black and olive executions of the OG Sk8-Hi LX, OG Chukka Boot LX and OG Authentic LX. Each style is unified by the coveted Bones pattern stitched across the quarter panels, complete with a solid toecap design.  A unique piece to round out the fall collection reveals a premium military-inspired jacket, sporting the all-over Bones motif and a final, expressive touch that reads “Vans #1 Waffle Lovers Club” stitched on the back.  Launched in 1996, WTAPS director Tetsu Nishiyama, or “TET”, has built a brand that defines modern design in a league of its own. No stranger to Vans, WTAPS celebrate more than a decade of limited edition collaborations with the brand under the Vans Syndicate and Vault by Vans labels.

The Vault by Vans x WTAPS collection retails from $65 to $360 and launches in Japan on August 20, 2016. The Anaconda styles will be available globally on August 27, 2016 and the Bones styles on September 10, 2016. The jacket will be available in limited quantities in select retailers globally alongside the Bones footwear capsule.

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Vans x Pass~Port – Old Skool Pro (Available @silostore on 8.13.16)

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It appears that Vans and Pass~Port have been working on a little collaboration that has been kept tightly under wraps, which is just awesome.  Too many times, we get early leaks on product, and that just takes away the fun sometimes.  This one came out of left field for sure, and the end result is just amazing.  For those of you unfamiliar with Pass~Port, they’re a brand from down under, and their style represents their travels, their friends, and their local Australian/New Zealand heritage.  If you look at their apparel, you’ll notice a lot of browns, oranges, and off-whites in the mix, giving an earthy vibe if you will.  For their inaugural collab, they chose to construct an Old Skool Pro in two colorways, brown, and white.  Each one consists of a mixture of hairy suede, and washed canvas, featuring an embroidered slogan on each heel that reads “International + Solidarity”.  Pass~Port branding can also be found on the tongue, as well as the UltraCush HD footbeds.  Both shoes feature brown leather linings, which are a nod to their brown top and bottom veneers that are featured on all Pass~Port decks.  I’m really digging the simple style of these, and the materials they chose will surely make for a comfortable Old Skool.  Flexibility & breathability are key.  Great job Pass~Port, and even GREATER job at keeping these under wraps for so long.  Surprises are always fun!

(I’ve added my own personal review pics of the brown pair, as well as Silo’s much more professional pics for a dual perspective on these, so enjoy!)

Silo has links up already for these, and will be releasing this upcoming Saturday the 13th.

pics and info via Silo

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Vans – Varsity Pack Sk8-Hi Reissue & Era 59 (Fall 2016)

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Words via Vans:

“Vans continues the expansion of its fall Classics season, drawing influence from traditional athletic styling to present a collection of varsity-inspired footwear for men. The six-piece collection takes design cues from vintage letterman jackets to incorporate a mix of leather and wool materials dressed in a warm color scheme atop the Sk8-Hi Reissue and Era 59.

 With vintage sportswear a style favorite of the season, Vans deconstructs the varsity jacket to introduce gray, charcoal and navy iterations of the Era 59 and Vans’ original high-top, the Sk8-Hi Reissue. Wool uppers are accented by tonal metal eyelets and white laces, while pops of color are highlighted on the Sidestripe of the SK8-Hi Reissue and tongue and heel counter of the Era 59.

 The Vans Classics Varsity Pack for men is available this fall from $60 – $70 USD at Vans retail locations and online at vans.com.

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Vans x Pop-In@Nordstrom – Exclusive Collection (Now Available!)

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Words via Vans:

” Vans and Nordstrom partner for Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans, the latest in the retailer’s series of pop-up shops to feature exclusive footwear and apparel, launching in 8 Nordstrom stores and online beginning today, August 5. The collection features a selection of footwear, apparel and accessories designed exclusively by Nordstrom’s Vice President of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim for the Pop-In@Nordstrom shop. The Vans collection for Nordstrom includes a premium selection 4 footwear styles designed by Olivia including a selection of fuzzy, shearling adorned Chukka Boot in baby pink and blue as well as an Old Skool. Rounding out the Nordstrom exclusive footwear is a set of velvet Chukka Boots in port royale and emerald green.

“The central idea in the collection of Vans we designed was to bring in elevated materials like shearling and velvet to a classic shoe. We wanted to create something that feels special, unique, and exclusive to Nordstrom. Sneakers don’t have to be so casual anymore – it’s a fashion statement at this point. I think by using these elements that seem high-end, like shearling or velvet, we’re elevating the shoes even further.” – Olivia Kim, Vice President of Creative Projects at Nordstrom

A selection of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories will be available as well. The collection includes elements from Vans’ 50 year heritage including Vans’ iconic checkerboard motif and Hawaiian floral patterns that match back to the Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans assortment. Accessories include a moody, Hawaiian floral canvas backpack as well as 3 premium woven leather backpacks with tonal checkerboard detailing.”

The Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans collection launches eight Nordstrom locations nationwide and online at nordstrom.com/pop today.

Pop-In@Nordstrom Locations:

The Grove – Los Angeles, CA
Downtown Seattle – Seattle, WA
Bellevue Square – Bellevue, WA
San Francisco Center – San Francisco, CA
Michigan Avenue – Chicago, IL
North Park Center – Dallas, TX
Tysons Corner Center – McLean, VA
Pacific Center, Vancouver B.C.
Online @ www.nordstrom.com/pop

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Vans – 50th Anniversary “Van Doren Approved” Collection (August 2016)

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Words via Vans:

“In continuation of the brand’s 50th anniversary Vans capsule, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand launches the “Van Doren Approved” Collection, an assortment of footwear and apparel featuring heritage prints hand picked by Steve Van Doren, son of Vans founder Paul Van Doren. “I had the pleasure of creating this collection and recreating a vintage shot of me buried under the Van Doren Approved collection. Speaking to our heritage, this timeless image is inspired by a photo taken 20 years ago, which similarly brings back lots of great memories of the last 50 years of Vans. This collection honors some unique heritage prints, which date back to the ‘70s and ‘80s when this original photo was shot” recalls Van Doren. The Van Doren Approved assortment includes reissued styles with vintage graphics from the Vans archives.

 The collection channels the spirit of Vans’ DIY-beginnings with pattern-clashing and color-contrasting footwear including old school tones and unconventional swatch blocking. Legendary Vans prints such as the iconic checkerboard, the skull pirate and the aloha leaf can be found on silhouettes such as the Sk8-Hi 38 Reissue, Era 95 Reissue, Slip-On 98 Reissue and Chukka Boot 49A Reissue—in addition to an updated flying Vans logo tee, classic patch trucker hat and the Old Skool backpack.

 Originally known as The Van Doren Rubber Company, Vans opened up shop in Southern California on March 16, 1966. First Vans stores offered customers the opportunity to customize and order their shoes on-site. As a result, these vulcanized sneakers elevated creative expression to new levels, a characteristic that lives on in the brand’s DNA to this day.

 Shop the 50th Anniversary Edition Van Doren Approved Collection in-stores and online this August at Vans.com.

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Vans x Cult – Old Skool Pro (Available Now!)

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BMX brand Cult has teamed up with Vans for the 3rd time, to create this dope Old Skool Pro.  Inspired by the classic suede/canvas black & white Old Skool, Cult added a little bit of their style to these by adding an orange lining, Vans flag, Pro heel tab, and company logos on the tongue, heel, and footbed.  If you’re a fan of Cult, or just looking for a classic Vans shoe with a little bit of orange flair, then these might be the right pair for you.  You can’t go wrong for $54 either!  Available now via Dan’s Comp.

(pics via BMX Union)

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