Vault by Vans has gotten together with NEIGHBORHOOD on this amazing BMX-inspired collaboration. Featuring one of Vans’ iconic logos, the “Thumbs Up”, this pack pays homage to Vans’ heritage in the action sport of BMX. The pack comes in two colorways, red and black, straying from NBHD’s usual black and white theme, with the intention of making this project all about Vans, and not them. They wanted to evoke a nostalgic feeling in the design, so they went with an aesthetic from the formative years at Vans, complete with checkerboards on the vulcanized scene or “side-wall”, as well as on the toe of two of the Authentics. NBHD didn’t stop there. There is a complete apparel line that is releasing alongside the shoes, including some long-sleeve tees, button-ups, shorts, and a bucket hat. This whole pack is dope, and unfortunately it’s going to be an Asia-exclusive.
Hypebeast sat down with NEIGHBORHOOD’s Creative Director Shinsuke Takizawa, to learn more about the design elements that went into the collab, and uncover the origin of the BMX inspiration. Read the article HERE.
Vans and REMIX Taipei have come together to release this collection of four shoes, dubbed the “Against The World” pack. All 4 pairs are constructed using a mixture of suede and canvas, in two tonal colorways, black or white. Each pair features subtle custom details, like 3M laces, neon orange or yellow footbeds, woven tongue labels, and printed words “Against The World” on the vulcanized side walls, but the most notable feature are the medial side ankle zippers on the Sk8-Hi, similarly found on the Sophnet. Sk8-Hi’s. Pretty dope. Pretty dope. These are now available from REMIX in Taipei, so if you’re looking for a pair, then get with that Asia proxy ASAP!
“Kuala Lumpur’s SHOWROOM has joined forces with Vans for what’s being billed as a “first-of-its-kind” collaborative endeavor. Dubbed “21:30,” the two-piece collection takes on Pro editions of both the Sk8-Hi and Old Skool, transforming them with the nighttime skater in mind by adding the likes of reflective 3M material and Velcro sidestripes that allow the wearer to switch between stark white and Vans’ famed checkerboard motif for added versatility. And since the kicks come in Pro form, each retro silhouette sports modern upgrades like DURACAP technology and ULTRACUSH cushioning. Capped off with some subtle co-branding and icy outsoles, the “21:30″ release is set to hit the Malaysian skate spot come December 9.”
06 80 6th Floor, Berjaya Times Square
1, Jalan Imbi
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“ACU has long been one of Shanghai’s go-to sneaker spots, so when it came time for the boutique to collaborate with Vans on a pair of limited-edition footwear, it naturally looked no further than its own stomping grounds for inspiration. A nod to Shanghai’s street culture, ACU’s take on the Classic Slip-On incorporates a number of different design cues as an homage to the the hairy crab — a winter delicacy in the Chinese city. For starters, the striped string that typically wraps the crab hits the shoe in the form of the design’s piping and outsole while a fuzzy hair-like textile wraps around the collar of the shoe. The highlight, though, is the shoe’s double layer of color — a dark green exterior (raw crab) hides a bright orange (cooked crab) layer underneath that becomes exposed with wear and tear over time for a truly one-of-a-kind look.”
ACU’s Vans are set to drop this Saturday, October 22 at retailers like KAFFIEND, Juice, UNDEFEATED and Bodega.
Vans, and China’s first skateshop FLY, have come together again on a new collaboration, this time a Sk8-Hi done up in a popular dessert theme. The ruby cake is where FLY pulled inspiration from on this particular release. If you look at the shoe’s foxing, you’ll notice it’s a cream color, resembling the vanilla cake, while the toe bumper, and uppers mimic the white frosting. The red tongue label is the obvious cherry on top, but the customization doesn’t stop there. If you take a look at the back heel panel, you’ll notice a large debossed FLY logo, reminding you whose shoe this is. Make no mistake about it, FLY has had some bangers in the past, and these are right up there with the best of them. For the in-shop release, they even went as far as to create custom plastic bakery containers for each shoe. How dope is that? Congrats to Jeff Han, and the FLY crew for this dope Vans Sk8-Hi!
Check out this video clip by Masses, featuring an interview by Under The Palms Malaysia’s Izam Shariman, and a few nice shots of the sneaker display that surely helped spread the word about the Vans sneaker collecting culture there in Malaysia. I can’t translate the interview for you, but you can at least check out the cool visuals. I can’t thank you enough Izam, for representing UTP across the Pacific!
Join Under The Palms Malaysia this weekend, at Kuala Lumpur’s premier sneaker convention SneakerLAH. This is the first time that they’ve requested a Vans display, which is proof that the Vans culture is alive and thriving in the Southeast Pacific. Our bro Izam runs our @underthepalmsmy page, and helps spread the Vans gospel all over Malaysia, so it was no surprise that he was approached to be a part of this event, and showcase some of his rare Vans. He’s an artistic person, so he has a great sense of style and design, as you can tell by the photo of his space above. He’ll be updating the IG account with pics from the event all weekend, so check it out from time to time. Props my brotha!
I’ve since updated this post, to include a bunch of pics that were taken of the event and exhibit. Check them out after the jump!
Vans Singapore has teamed up with sneaker artist and customizer SBTG for an event they’re holding on Sep. 24th at the House of Vans Singapore. Dubbed “Big Pants, Small Wheels”, SBTG has chopped down the Sk8-Hi into a mid, and added some intricate finishing details to the exposed cut ankle collar. There’s still some signature paint designs on the shoe, but the added thread and bead work are a nice addition to his newest Vans rendition. He also opted to add some words to the mid-soles, something we haven’t seen before. These are looking great as usual, and I don’t know how he was able to add more detail and have a price point that is lower than his past Vans shoes, but he did it! Each pair is only going for $333, which can be pre-ordered now on his site.
“Following 2015′s “Year of the Sheep” Collection and its monochrome color palette, Vans is back to unveil 2016′s vibrant Chinese New Year three-pack. For the forthcoming Year of the Monkey, the sneakers have been designed along the theme of ‘Monkey Rules’ and draw inspiration from China’s commemorative stamps of 1980, 1992 and 2004. The result is a Sk8-Hi Reissue with a tonal red suede upper, black liner and white sole, a pink Sk8-Hi slim with yellow accents, and a multicolored suede Half-Cab, all with premium materials. The “Year of the Monkey” Collection will be available at select Vans retailers around the globe starting December 28. Meanwhile, follow the Vans China crew on a skate ride in the new #MONKEYRULES gear in this photo series.”
“Hong Kong retailer EXI.T links with Vans to give the Sk8-Hi sneaker a luxurious makeover. Lifting Rick Owens’ signature black-and-cream colorway and applying it to Vans’ iconic skate mid-top, the sneaker sports a premium leather and suede upper, and is finished with a zipper upon the heel counter. Given the popularity of the Dark Lord’s oversized leather high-tops, we imagine EXI.T’s tongue-in-cheek nod to Rick Owens will go down a storm amongst Hong Kong sneakerheads and fashionistas alike.”