Vans x Alexander Lee Chang – Boa Skool (Japan exclusive!)


Vans Japan has teamed up with Alexander LeeChang, to create this interesting “Boa Skool”, which is a Classic Old Skool featuring a Boa lace system, normally found on snowboard boots.  The shoes will come in a classic navy colorway, with some slightly modified details like the ollie pads.  They’re available now on Shelter, exclusive to Japan!

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Vans x Madness – Sk8-Hi & Sk8-Mid (2.11.17)


Words via Hypebeast:

“Vans recently teamed up with Hong Kong-based streetwear label MADNESS for a footwear collection of two iconic models: the Sk8-Hi and the Sk8-Mid. The line combines MADNESS founder Shawn Yue’s fine sense of style with the Vans Classics’ styling ease, urban versatility and encouragement of creative self-expression. Both the Sk8-Hi and the Sk8-Mid feature gray and blue full-suede uppers, creating an understated two-tone effect in two colorways: a monochromatic light gray upper with a white midsole, and a black and Prussian blue upper with a black midsole. Other subtle details include the quotation “all work and no play makes you mad” printed on the midsoles, a line from the tattoo on Shawn’s hand inspired by the movie The Shining‘s famous verse “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” The proportion and detailing of the tongue gusset are specifically tailored to Shawn’s styling, which allows you to wear the pair with or without laces, whereas the Sk8-Hi features an additional zipper in the rear for easy access. The Vans x MADNESS collection will pre-launch at the MADNESS Beijing Shop and online store on February 11. A wider release will take place at select Vans stores in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Japan and Taiwan on February 18.”


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Erwin’s Current Vans Room


Erwin is the originator of the Vans sneaker room.  When he first joined our forum and shared photos of what he had safely locked inside of his house, we were stunned.  It’s something that takes a long time to build, and many more have replicated what he has done, and in their own tasteful way, but I just had to pay homage to our friend.  Erwin has been thinning the herd, selling off some less favored pairs, but he plans to keep most of the gems.  As you can tell, he has a thing for the Sk8-Hi.  When we were all buying Chukkas and Half Cabs, Erwin was picking up all of the rarest and coolest Sk8-Hi’s.  What blows my mind is that he managed to do this all while residing in the Netherlands.  That’s some serious dedication!  Thanks for being a part of our core community, and helping educate the new Vans collectors.  Salute!

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Vans Syndicate x FLY Streetwear – Authentic Pro “S” & Slip-On Pro “S” (Shanghai Exclusive)



Vans Syndicate is proud to announce the release of the first collaboration with Shanghai’s original skate and streetwear brand – FLY STREETWEAR.  The Vans Syndicate x Fly Streetwear collaboration is inspired by an original street culture in China – cricket fighting, an activity with history that traces back to the Song Dynasty.  The pack encapsulates the spirit of this original street culture from a modern perspective.  Available 11/15/14 exclusively from Fly Streetwear in Shanghai.  Call up your Asia connects for this one!



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Vans – “Year Of The Horse” Sk8-Hi Reissue (2014)


Words via Highsnobiety:

“Vans will be releasing a four-piece capsule collection for the coming Chinese New Year composed of the original Sk8-Hi silhouette with iconic Sidestripe branding. The “Year of the Horse” pack is offered in red, blue and pink colorways, as well as a limited black edition. Further details include faux horse hair, leather heel counter and horseshoe print on the waffle sole. The Vans Sk8-Hi Reissue 2014 “Year of the Horse” pack will be releasing in China on December 20, with the limited black version hitting select accounts on January 1, 2014.”

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Vans Hobo Daze x Vagabond Skateboards – “Safe Camp” Era Pro & Old Skool Pro (China exclusive!)


Disclaimer:  This info is late, but worth sharing.  The shoes released back in September!

This is pretty awesome.  Vans Asia has teamed up with Chinese skateboard company Vagabond, to promote the emerging skate culture in China.  Vans is pretty good at seeking out brands that share their same values, and want to see the skate culture grow even stronger in this part of the world where there are still a lot of people that are just finding out about skateboarding.  The two brands collaborated on two Pro models, the Era Pro and the Old Skool Pro.  That alone right there, says they can hang with us, here at OTWS!  Both shoes feature a mixture of dark tan and black colors, mirroring each other’s colors in a “night and day” contrast.  Take a look at the two decks for the obvious sun and moon logos!  The Era is primarily tan, with a black mid panel, while the Old Skool is primarily black, with tan accents on the jazz stripe and lining.  Both Pro models, featuring all the bells and whistles a Pro model comes with!  Follow Vagabond’s website, to stay up to date with what’s going on in skateboarding on the other side of the world!

info via Vagabond

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Vans x Kiroic – Authentic (Spring/Summer 2013)


Words via Highsnobiety:

“Shanghai’s KIROIC got together with Vans for a collection of Spring/Summer 2013 footwear consisting of classic Authentic sneakers outfitted with a range of premium materials. The mostly upper leather contrasts beautifully with a colorful embroidered toe  and sits atop a black sole.”

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Vans – Old Skool “Year of the Snake” (Spring 2013)


Check out these Supreme-esque Old Skools right here.  Vans is joining in on the Year of the Snake theme, by introducing these 7 shoes, each featuring tonal snakeskin print on the tongue, jazz stripe, as well as the heel panel.  The colors they went with were bold, and will surely get you that attention that you most definitely crave.  Thirsty people these days!  These will be offered up in a Purple, Yellow, Navy, Red, Green, Orange, and my favorite of the pack, Turquoise colorway.  Word is, these will be first released in China, and then later on in Europe.  No word on a US release.

info via Highsnobiety

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Vans – Half Cab “Leopard” (Asia Exclusive!)

UPDATE: These have been confirmed to be an Asia exclusive, so good luck getting these!

Check out these awesome leopard print Half Cabs, set to release in Asia pretty soon.  Constructed primarily in black suede, and sitting on a black sole,featuring a wool leopard print accent material.  Expect these to fly off the shelves!  Highsnobiety first reported that these were part of the 20th Anniversary collection, but it was misinformation.

Available now at ABC-Mart

Vans x HKIT – Half Cab Pro “The Last Dragon” (Hong Kong exclusive)

Hong Kong skate shop HKIT, has teamed up with Vans to create this rad black and red Half Cab.  Given the name “The Last Dragon”, these have a few contrast panels on the shoe that consist of embossed dragon scales, that obviously tie into that theme.  The black nubuck suede is subtle, but couldn’t have been paired up better for this shoe.  The red accents seen in the lining, round waxed laces, and on the mid lace eyelet are the perfect finishing touch on these.

following words via Hypebeast:

“Kristy Chiu, Vans Hong Kong Marketing Manager said “With our strong skateboarding heritage, Vans is excited and honored to collaborate with such an influential and reputable skateshop as HKIT. Together our goal is to support the local skate community in Hong Kong and encourage individual creativity and self expression.” The Half Cab Pro will be available exclusively at the HKIT Skateshop for $790 HKD (approximately $101 USD).”

info via Hypebeast

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