Vans Partners with Chef Paul Kahan to Release Limited Footwear Capsule and Raise Awareness for Chicago Charity, Pilot Light


Vans continues to foster the creative culture of the food industry by partnering with celebrated Chef Paul Kahan, and One Off Hospitality Group to showcase a footwear capsule, in conjunction with four of their Chicago restaurants: Publican Quality Meats, avec, Blackbird and Dove’s Luncheonette. A special event to highlight Kahan’s culinary creativity is set for April 1 at House of Vans Chicago and will raise money toward Pilot Light, a non-profit organization of which Kahan is a founding member.

Kahan’s accolades are many and Vans is proud to partner with the chef on a four-piece capsule that includes premium versions of Vans’ Classic silhouettes. The Old Skool, Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On highlight colorways that are drawn directly from each restaurant’s aesthetic. A grey Old Skool speaks to the effortless Mediterranean style avec employs, while the Sk8-Hi highlights the diner setting of Dove’s Luncheonette, blending a retro and modern design to compliment the restaurant. The Classic Slip-On takes on design features from Publican Quality Meats and Blackbird with subtle pops of color that coordinate with their iconic logos. Each style features a contoured drop-in Vans UltraCush™ footbed for all-day maximum comfort, Vansguard™ canvas uppers to repel water, as well as dirt and slip-resistant, vulcanized lugged outsoles.

“I’ve worn Vans my whole life, and feel that skaters, cooks and musicians share a lot of culture and creativity. I’m excited to be part of that,” Kahan said. Despite accolades and adoration, Kahan’s biggest accomplishment remains his work as a mentor for young chefs. He works to foster empowerment, providing the resources necessary to grow, both as a chef and person.

To highlight the importance of food education, House of Vans Chicago will host an event, complete with a raffle, to raise awareness toward Pilot Light. Pilot Light, a nonprofit organization that helps children make healthier choices by connecting the lessons they learn in their classrooms to the foods they eat on their lunch trays, at home and in their communities, directly works with local Chicago schools and provides an interactive way for children to learn about the importance of nutrition. The funds from the raffle will be used to support Pilot Light programming at local school, Mitchell Elementary, from now throughout 2018. In addition, House of Vans Chicago will host a performance by post-punk band, Preoccupations, which is open to public with RSVP at

“Vans’ ethos is driven by creative expression and our brand has been lucky enough to partner with a wide range of creative individuals that bring the ‘Off The Wall’ meaning to life,” said Doug Palladini, Vans Global Brand President. “Chefs like Paul exemplify creativity and Vans is honored to support his work in educating our youth that creative avenues exist through all professions.”

Chef Paul Kahan is passionately seasonal, unconventionally creative and dedicated to the inspiration of classical cuisine. Kahan has received international acclaim for Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Nico Osteria, Dove’s Luncheonette, Publican Quality Bread, Publican Tavern O’Hare and most recently, Publican Anker. Kahan has earned the praise of many who claim him to be one of America’s most influential working chefs.

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Vault by Vans x Schoeller – Authentic ’66 Lite LX & Mid Skool Lite LX (3.25.17)


This spring, Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, partners with Schoeller, the leader in innovative and high-tech performance textiles, to create a seven-piece footwear collection featuring Schoeller’s highly functional fabrications on Vans’ classic silhouettes.

The Swiss textile company is committed to developing materials that utilize the latest ecologically-based techniques, blended with fresh design. Schoeller’s elastic wind and water repellent soft shell fabric utilizes distinct bonded layers that ensure maximum functionality and all-day comfort.

For the collection, Vault by Vans x Schoeller utilizes fabrications equipped for wet elements across Vans’ classic silhouettes including the Mid Skool Lite LX and the Authentic ’66 Lite LX in shades blue, green, pink and off white. Vans incorporates its Classic Lites construction that features UltraCush™ Lite technology and an ActionFit™ last shape to re-engineer the iconic footwear styles with increased comfort, improved fit and an overall weight reduction. Emblematic of Vans legacy while signifying its progressive design ethos, the Authentic Lite and Mid Skool Lite are modified versions of their original vulcanized forms, presenting a diverse assortment of lightweight and comfort-driven Vans Classics.

The Vault by Vans x Schoeller collection retails from $80 to $105 USD and launches globally on March 25, 2017 at select Vault accounts. Learn more about this special project at

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First Look: Vans + Urban Outfitters Campaign Featuring Sasha Lane



Introducing the Vans + Urban Outfitters capsule collection, a limited edition offering of women’s apparel, footwear, and accessories designed to celebrate authenticity, self-expression, and the strength found in creating your own unique style. The exclusive campaign features breakout star Sasha Lane, photographed in London by RJ Shaughnessy.

The 23-piece assortment includes Vans footwear accompanied by an assortment of Vans tees, sweatshirts, coaches jackets, bike shorts, overalls, jumpsuits, and checked thermals, plus backpacks, fanny packs, bucket hats, and baseball hats. Pieces from the Vans + Urban Outfitters collection feature the iconic Vans checkerboard pattern and the “Off The Wall” logos. Prices range from $28 – $98 US Dollars.

Vans and Urban Outfitters found the perfect ambassador in Sasha Lane. The outspoken “American Honey” actress has broken down barriers and defied expectations as a breakthrough female actress, from her career path to her style to her radical individualism. “There’s something really strong in putting your own style together. It’s who you are and that’s individual and unique,” said Lane when interviewed on set earlier this month. “I try to go about everything in a very genuine and raw way and I think people are really digging that and gravitating towards that and finding some type of empowerment and that’s really neat and is what makes a lot of it worth it.”

The Vans + Urban Outfitters capsule collection is available now in select Urban Outfitters stores globally and on

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Vans Vault x OTH – “Deli Edition” Mid Skool ’77 LX (UTP Review!)



It’s been a little while since we’ve seen a collab from Canada’s OFFTHEHOOK in Montreal, Quebec, but their latest offering has got them positioned right back at the front of the pack.  At first, we have to admit we weren’t too sure of what to expect from a shoe who’s inspiration came from a deli sandwich, but it’s all about the execution and final product, right?  OTH has a very high batting average when it comes to their Vault collabs, and this Mid Skool ’77 LX is another home run hit.  Who doesn’t love a burgundy premium leather shoe?  Well, add to that, a distresses leather that slightly resembles the smoked beef of said deli sandwich, and some contrasting yellow laces representing the mustard, and now you have a design that is instantly recognizable.  The extra “relish” mint green waxed laces, and “mayo” off white waxed laces that come in sauce cups are another nice touch, and I laced up one shoe in the white lace, so you could see what that looks like.  I prefer the yellow, otherwise the shoe would look similar to something that you may see in a standard Vault line, or DX line.  That same yellow color is spread across the bottom waffle soles as well.  Footbeds feature a pickle, which is fun, and the lining is a light brown premium leather as well.  The promotion on this release is super well thought out, and for the release party, each pair was delivered in a brown paper bag, each shoe being wrapped in red/white checkered paper, and a custom Vans order receipt was stapled to the bag, complete with some juice stains!  I received my pair in the same style, and I love it.  Thanks for going above and beyond and letting me experience that, from across North America!  We also received a special pair of 40s & Shorties pickle socks, which was another awesome touch!  I want to congratulate OTH on another great release, especially Graeme who contacted me a little while ago to let me know that something was releasing soon, that he personally had a hand in designing, before he left OTH.  Great job man!  I hope my review helps you decide if you need to cop these, because they’re surely worth it.  Thanks again to OTH for the early hook-up, and may these sell out just as fast as your other releases!

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Vans Anaheim Factory Edition Series


Vans pays tribute to over 50 years of “Off The Wall” design history by releasing the Anaheim Factory pack, a collection of Classic silhouettes that draws inspiration from the original footwear produced in Anaheim, Calif. When Vans opened for business in 1966, a 400 sq. ft. retail store was connected to the front of the production factory, which sold a handful of simple canvas footwear. Today, Vans calls upon those early styling cues to release a modern update to Vans Icons as a part of the ongoing Classics “Not Just One Thing” campaign.

Every design element within the Anaheim Factory pack could be dated back to the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Style numbers are used to signify the original design mold of three footwear models – the Authentic 44, Old Skool 36 and Sk8-Hi 38. Each style utilizes a marshmallow sidewall with a higher profile and is treated with a slight sheen that was present after going through Vans’ early vulcanization process. The entire offering features a heavy 10-oz. canvas and the Sidestripe models showcase a suede toe cap, heel counter and eyestay. All colorways including the racing red, mineral green and light grey could have been found when you visited the original Anaheim Factory store. Vans has equipped each silhouette with a premium UltraCush footliner so you can enjoy a modernized take on one of Vans Classic Icon silhouettes.

The Anaheim Factory pack ranges from $75- $85 USD and is available to shop globally in Vans retail stores and online at now.

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solscience® x Under The Palms presents: “Tropicali” ANTIDŌT™ Footwear Freshener (Available Now!)


We’ve been working in the lab with solscience for awhile now, on a custom ANTIDOT Footwear Freshener fragrance created just for us, and we’re proud to release to you all, Tropicali.  The idea was simply to develop a fragrance that represents the California lifestyle that we know and love. Think fun in the sun, weekend barbecues, cruising in your ride, and hanging with friends.  Straight West Coastin’ with the Southern California vibes!  We think you’ll be amazed at how good the fragrance smells, and you might just end up using it in your car, your room, work place, bathroom lol, etc.  Hey, it’s up to you.  Give this product a try, and let us know what you think.  We’ve already got a lot of great feedback from it, and people are really impressed at how good the fragrance is.  These guys really are chemists!  To go along with the custom labeled ANTIDOT x Under The Palms bottle, we’ve included a custom sticker as well, sporting our collaborative logo, and to launch the product, I got together with my original DJ brothers Rewind and Roial 1, who I started out spinning with back in high school a long long time ago, and we made a West Coast mixtape full of them classic bangers, as well as a few new ones, that you can stream over on my mixcloud account.  Listen for the custom “solscience, ANTIDOT, Under The Palms” drops throughout the mix.  There’s also an article that solscience wrote up about me, if you care for that sorta’ thing.  I talk about how and why I got into sneakers.  When and why I shifted to Vans.  Other ramblings and opinions that you may care or not care to know.  You know, the usual.  You can check that out from the links below as well.  Support us, and my friends Kent and Daichi, as we introduce you to something new that you never knew you needed until now!






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Vans Vault x OTH – Deli Edition Mid Skool ’77 LX (3.18.17)

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Words via OTH:

“Off The Hook and Vans are proud to announce the upcoming release of the DELI
EDITION MID SKOOL ‘77 LX . Not only is this shoe inspired by a truly iconic aspect of Montreal, it speaks to
the multicultural and diverse nature of the city that we call home.

Smoked Meat in Montreal

When tourists come to Montreal they’ll seek out a Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich, and with good reason. The
Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich was brought to North America by the Jewish immigrant community in the
early 1900s. It soon spread out from Montreal and made its way south of the border, gaining notoriety along the
way, but has remained emblematic of the city’s cuisine and diverse makeup. The fact that the iconic dish has
become intertwined with Montreal’s identity, after being brought here by immigrants, speaks to the city’s
multiculturalism and its history as a place where immigrants from around the world have come to settle.

The Deli Edition

The Vault by Vans x OTH Deli Edition Mid Skool ‘77 LX was dreamt up as an homage to the Montreal smoked
meat sandwich (which we’re going to go ahead and call the best sandwich of all time). The shoe features a lightly
distressed, rich burgundy leather upper; a premium leather heel counter and toe box in a lighter shade of
burgundy; and, of course, the classic Mid Skool ‘77 back window that showcases Vans branding. The distressed
leather, and different shades of burgundy, harken back to the heart of a smoked meat sandwich – and the classic
“lean, medium, or medium fat” conundrum – with a rye bread-inspired brown leather jazz stripe and gum tab at
the back of the outsole delicately holding everything together.

We’d have been remiss to offer up a Deli Edition without mustard, so each shoe comes outfitted with Vans’ iconic
waffle sole in a deep mustard yellow. Each pair comes with three sets of laces: a mustard yellow, a mayonnaise
white, and a coleslaw green. Finally, the shoes feature limited edition pickle footbeds with Vans OTH branding.

The Vault by Vans x OTH Deli Edition Mid Skool ‘77 LX will be available on Saturday, March 18th at the Vans
OTH store at 11AM, and online as of 12PM.

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Vans Showcases Breadth of Classics Collection and Honors its Five Footwear Icons (Style Guide)


With more than 50 years of “Off The Wall” design heritage, Vans honors the legacy of its five Classic icons – Authentic, Era, Old Skool, Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On – showing the original action sports brand is Not Just One Thing. This latest campaign and video highlights Vans’ Icons through a compilation of images bringing to life the creative spirit that has connected Vans with artists, athletes, musicians and designers for decades.

When Vans opened for business in 1966, Paul Van Doren’s promise was to provide affordable, quality footwear for all. The original footwear model, the Authentic, was quickly enhanced to meet the demands of skateboarding as skaters of the Dogtown era adopted Vans’ sticky waffle sole to carve and surf the pavement. That organic partnership with those early innovators brought forth the introduction of the Era, Old Skool, Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On. These five silhouettes remain in the line today and are the DNA to the thousands of styles that have been designed and released since 1966.

The Authentic, Era, Old Skool, Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On serve as a blank canvas that transform within an individual’s creative self-expression. Whether its skateboarding, exploring, sketching or just showing off your personal style, Vans Classic Icons live through all forms of creativity. Those who live and wear Vans Classics are Not Just One Thing.

To see the latest offering of Vans’ Icons visit the Vans Classics Style Guide and shop the diverse range of colors, prints and style iterations at

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Vault by Vans x Blends – OG Style 36 LX “Bones” (3.11.17) @blends_official #blendsvans

We have been receiving teasers for a few weeks, but official info has just released from Blends, regarding their next Vault by Vans collab, once again bringing us their iconic “Bones” jazz stripe, this time on an OG Style 36 LX.  A few sneaker blogs who don’t really know their Vans have been calling these Old Skools, but we forgive them, for they do not know!  The Style 36 is essentially the father of the Old Skool, before it underwent a change to the toe cap, lace eye row gap, and tongue length.  Those are the noticeable features, at least.  These are constructed in premium cowhide.  Black for the uppers, and white on the jazz stripe.  The shoe harkens back to their first and second designs, and we’re definitely not mad at that.  These will be releasing this Saturday at all Blends locations, as well as their online store.  Be quick, as these sell out almost instantly.  Here’s what Blends has to say about these:

“Southern California based boutique Blends partners up with Vans’ premium label Vault by Vans for the seventh installment of the Blends x Vans Vault Bone Jazz-Stripe series. This time Blends takes to the Style 36 silhouette, the original Old Skool design. The model comes dressed in premium cowhide uppers accented by a White Bone Jazz-Stripe which sits atop the original Old Skool “Style 36” midsole mold. As before, collaborative branding can be found placed on the shoe’s footbed cushioning. To off-set the close similarity to their second collaboration with Vault, the Old Skool Zip, Blends opts for tonal foxing and White text on the shoe’s heel tab device as well as the “no zip” design. The Blends x Vans Vault OG Style 36 LX will be available this Saturday, March 11th, via at 11AM PST and all Blends locations.”


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MassesMY Reviews the Vault x Our Legacy Old Skool Pro ’92 LX (Video) @massesmy #massesmy

Just wanted to share this video of Bryan Chin from Masses Malaysia, of the Vault x Our Legacy Old Skool Pro ’92 LX.  He first shared this video on the Strictly Waffles FB group, but it’s really good, entertaining, funny, and he calls the Vans models by their actual names!  Take notes all you young cats doing sneaker vids online.  Our Vans community will put you on blast for stuff like that!  Great video Bryan!