Vans x Patta – Old Skool “Mean Eyed Cat pt.2” (5.27.17)

Following up on the 2015 Japan-exclusive Patta x Beams x Vans Old Skool “Mean Eyed Cat”, Patta has once again teamed up with Vans for another collaboration project, this time with a wider release.

While the original “Mean Eyed Cat” came in an all black colourway, the 2017 edition will be available in two versions: true white and black coffee. Both colours combine premium suede and canvas materials on the shoes’ uppers, leather signature “jazz” striping, and feature the “Mean Eyed Cat” text on the midsole and Patta Script Logo printed across the side panels. Every pair is finished off with Team Patta laces.


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Vans Skate x Defcon – Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro (5.27.17) #defcon



While DEFCON origins remain classified, the projects stamped with their namesake speak volumes. Vans reunites with the stealth collective this spring to resurrect the Vans Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro, engineered with three new Multicam® patterns, Arid™, Tropic™, and Black™, specifically designed to reduce the visual and near-Infrared signature of a person in three distinct environments. As an ode to past projects, the Vans DEFCON Multicam® capsule comes full circle, completing the footwear outfit with new apparel fabrics originally developed for the US Army and tactical law enforcement.
DEFCON has evolved into a multifaceted study group responsible for the marketing and development of some of the leading brands in the tactical and streetwear worlds. Through both natural curiosity and fascination turned obsession, DEFCON has perfected their craft in media modifications, establishing their repute as a standalone brand.

The Vans Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro by DEFCON features:

Premium Waterproof and Flame Retardant Wolverine Pig Suede®
Water-Resistant treatment on uppers
Multicam® Nylon textiles
Dri-Lex™ moisture management linings throughout
Gusseted tongue
Military detailing from DEFCON identity to BDU specs
Vans Ultracush HD footbeds w/ custom artwork
Hesh Goat embossed heel stamp
Durable reverse lug outsole and knurled texture foxing tape

The Vans by DEFCON limited-edition footwear and apparel capsule is available worldwide on May 27 at select Vans Pro Skate dealers.


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Goodhood: A History Of Vans Interview With Henry Davies of @pillowheat #theothersideofthepillow

Goodhood recently caught up with Vans’ #1 vintage Made In USA collector/archivist, and a friend we know well, Henry, of The Other Side of the Pillow.  If you want to step up your vintage Vans game, we suggest you take a lesson or two from @pillowheat, because we do, and we’re always learning something new, and uncovering new vintage Vans all the time.  We don’t want to step on the interview, so we’ll just let you read it over on Goodhood’s site!

Vans Vault x Taka Hayashi – TH Sk8 Skool LX (LBIFBACK Video Review!) #LBIFBACK

Our homie Daniel @akamedaniel aka LBIFBACK has a new video review out, on the new Vans Vault x Taka Hayashi Sk8 Skool LX in BLue Graphite.  This is a new silhouette from Taka, and it’s super dope.  Check out the video and subscribe to LBIFBACK on Youtube.

Vans Vault – UltraRange LX (Official Vans Info)


Here’s some official info from Vans regarding the UltraRange LX:

“Debuting this spring, Vans celebrates the spirit of adventure with the introduction of the UltraRange, a versatile footwear innovation designed to traverse with you, wherever your wildest pursuits may lead. With a modern shape and new co-molded midsole construction, Vans’ UltraRange is engineered with fundamental design tenets that emphasize advanced comfort, lightweight traction, and superior mobility, empowering your journey from the ground up.

 Releasing worldwide May 20 through the exclusive Vault by Vans label, the limited-edition UltraRange UC LX model employs Vans’ next generation of footwear technology in a slim-profile, low top design, blending premium leathers and ballistic nylon textiles for enhanced durability. Offered in three classic monochromatic hues, the UltraRange debut is amplified by a unique partnership with select Vault by Vans retailers, engaging their vision to create striking visual campaigns inspired by themes of adventure, exploration, and discovery. Across varying creative pursuits ranging from a behind the scenes look into the making of a Bodega store editorial, a nostalgic portrait of a painting with Blends, or a rare sunny afternoon roving London with UK musician Leks Rivers and Foot Patrol, each partner conveys an insightful portrayal of the UltraRange in its natural exploratory element. To see more, visit”

 UltraRange UC LX 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.

Seamless LuxLiner™ internal sock-fit construction for responsive shape.

Vans’ reverse waffle lug offering superior grip.

 With forthcoming releases to be announced throughout the year, the Vans UltraRange campaign 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.

 Vault by Vans UltraRange Campaign Partners

 BODEGA (Boston)




OFF THE HOOK (Montreal)


UP THERE STORE (Australia)


The Vault by Vans UltraRange UC LX is available Saturday, May 20 at select Vans retailers worldwide. Visit to learn more and to find additional retailers near you.

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Vans Vault – UltraRange UC LX (Blends’ Take On the “Get There” Campaign)


Vans Vault has always been the vehicle for introducing new models to the Vans lineup.  With their limited availability and strategically placed accounts, they can utilize their partners to test the waters before diving into the deep end with a new idea.  The UltraRange UC LX is the latest new idea to be introduced to us, and I’m still trying to figure this thing out.  It’s obviously a utilitarian design, with a bit of tech and comfort involved.  The shoe features a rubberized toe cap and heel panel, with a combination of ballistic nylon and suede nubuck for the uppers.  The lining consists of a cotton-knit material for insulation from minor elements, as well as a gusseted tongue.  The UltraRange features a new UltraCUSH LITE EVA molded outsole, with an embedded gum hiker waffle tread perfect for those with an active lifestyle.  Round hiker laces and a sewn in heel pull finish off the outdoorsy aesthetic.

I’m the first to admit that I’m a Vans purist.  I love my classic silhouettes more than any other style.  The vulcanized rubber sidewalls are just too dope and iconic, but I can get behind new ideas if they’re done in good taste and with the right purpose behind them.  I’m not quite sure who these will be geared towards, but I can see these being a great choice when you have a full day of walking or hiking ahead of you.  We’ll just have to wait and see how it goes.

Blends is one of only a handful of Vault dealers who will be offering this new model, and with that, they created this lookbook and video, featuring L.A. artist Aaron Jupin.  Here’s their concept:

“Artist Aaron Jupin walks us through his latest piece. A nostalgic painting in which he depicts a skewed perspective of his parents’ house through the imaginary lens of his fireplace. A humanly impossible perspective that Aaron states is often seen in film and animated motion pictures. Through this visual essay, in partnership with Vans Vault, we define the campaign mantra “Get There” as Aaron puts the finishing touches on his latest painting and reflects on his childhood and the stages of life that have lead him to his profession as an artist based in Los Angeles, CA.”


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Vans Vault x Alyx – Collection (May 2017)


Words via Officemagazine:

“Remember in middle school when you would draw all over your Vans?

In their new collaboration, the iconic skate shoe brand and ALYX creative director/designer Matthew Williams worked together to capture this youthful spirit and carefree energy, and to blend the ‘ready-to-wear’ fashion and accessories collection with breezy, California street culture. 

Featuring three classic styles—the OG Sk8-Hi, OG Authentic, and the OG Style 36, each in two colorways—the collection celebrates Vans’ legacy while updating it with several ALYX details including the signature ALYX lighter caps, lurex laces, and logos on the shoelace tips. 

The collection, retailing from $120-$195, is available now at Opening Ceremony and at other retailers and the week of May 22.”

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Vans Vault x Barneys – “Nubuck & Leather” Pack (Pre-Order Now!)


Vans Vault and Barneys New York have teamed up to create this smooth tonal pack of OG Old Skools and OG Sk8-Hi’s constructed with premium grained nubuck and leather.  Available in Light Grey, Dark Green, and Dark Brown.  Each pair sits on top of an all white vulcanized sole, and features minimal Barneys branding on the footbed.  Go for your grown man steeze and pick up a pair.  Available for pre-order now on Barney’s webstore.


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Vans Vault x Blends x Peanuts – Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip LX “Bones” (5.13.17) @blendsus #blendsvans


Blends just dropped this one on us out of nowhere.  Typically, we get fair warning when a new Bones shoe is dropping, but I imagine with the amount of hype this shoe is going to create, they wanted to sort of catch us off guard.  The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, seeing that the Uniqlo x Kaws x Peanuts campaign is still fresh in everybody’s heads, and with the upcoming general release Vans x Peanuts collection, this is a nice way to kick things off.  These will be releasing this Saturday, so pick our your favorite Uniqlo tee, grab your Joe Cool plushy, and a blanky, and go camp out at your favorite Blends location!

Words via Blends:

Southern California-based boutique Blends celebrates 67 years of Snoopy & The Gang with a special three-way collaboration in partnership with Vans Vault and PEANUTS by Charles Schulz. This very special Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip features a Black tumbled leather upper accented by a White tumbled leather “Bone Jazz-Stripe” with Schulz’s Iconic Snoopy character laying at the apex of the bone. Designed to emulate Schulz’ raw style the Jazz-Stripe is depicted as hand drawn with the help of jagged contrast stitching. A floating Woodstock seen on the opposite side of the shoe completes the PEANUTS motif.

The PEANUTS x Blends x Vans Vault Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip will be available this Saturday May 13th at as well as Blends’ Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, Downtown Los Angeles, Larchmont Village and San Diego locations.
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SBTG x Kadir Warrios – Collection 3 (Coming Soon!)

Singapore’s finest, SBTG has teamed up with his local friends, the Kadir Warriors for a third collaboration, once again using Vans as the base for the entire collection.  They chose 2 models, the Slip-On and the Authentic, which are the Kadir Warrior’s favorite model to wear.  For this round they decided to emphasise on the hand sign that they always show in their IG photos which happens to symbolize the W for Warriors, and at the same time, a number 3 sign.  Through conversations they had together they decided to work on a black / teal / pink colorway with white bones. The panels are cloaked in a 1 tone Tiger stripe pattern and embellished with their Kwar motifs all over.  They decided to open up this release to the public for pre-order, so if you are a fan of the Kadir Warriors and Mark Ong aka SBTG’s fine work, then stay tuned to their site for more info!
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