Vans Japan x BEAMS – Reverse Checker Slip-On (April 2017)

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Words via Hypebeast:

“Vans and Japanese retailer BEAMS recently unveiled its latest collaborative project which sees the classic checkerboard slip-on get flipped inside out. Although the overall silhouette of the shoe remains unchanged, virtually every element of the shoe’s construction is flipped. The checkboard pattern found on the shoe’s canvas upper is hidden on the inside, the back red heel branding is flipped and the outsole is reversed so that the indents usually found on the gum outsole are raised. Retailing at ¥8,500 JPY (approximately $75 USD), the Vans x BEAMS reverse checkerboard slip-on will be available through a lottery at BEAMS Harajuku location April 1.”

This is a pretty cool and original idea, and I’m really liking it.  Hopefully we don’t see too many others trying to copy this, but if they do, we know that Vans Japan thought of it first!

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Vans Pro x Sketchy Tank – Sk8-Hi Pro, Style 112 Pro, and Slip-On Pro (Available Now!)

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We’ve seen a few teaser photos of the Vans Pro x Sketchy Tank collab, but we now get to see the entire collection as it is all available on Zumiez as we speak.  Stores also received a small allocation, but if you don’t want to risk it, then just purchase them online.  The pack consists of a Sk8-Hi Pro in all canvas with Sketchy Tank accents on the jazz stripe, heel panel, and graphic on the waffle sole, a Style 112 Pro in all black with a small logo on the heel mustache, and a Slip-On Pro in all white, featuring tattoo-style artwork on the entire  canvas upper.  There are also a few apparel pieces to add to this rad collection.  Go and cop now, or regret it later!

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Vault x Our Legacy – Collection (2.25.17)

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Vault by Vans teams up with Our Legacy out of Sweden, to bring this overwhelmingly robust collection, full of very high quality pieces.  If you’re like me, and have never heard of Our Legacy, then Vans has been kind enough to interview co-owner Jockum Hallin about his brand and his style influence.  After reading the short article, I really respect his approach to what he produces.  With a focus on fabric, color choices, and dyeing techniques, and not over designing things, they’re able to let the fabrics and silhouettes do the talking.  That’s exactly what you are getting with this pack.  Vans approached them to do a small project, but they came back with a much larger idea, and after a little bit of compromise, they ended up with a mere 10 shoes, a bunch of tees, a hoodie, and a coaches jacket.  Needless to say, this is a big one.

Our Legacy holds themselves to a high standard, and it shows in the attention to details of this collection.  They chose their favorite models, the Authentic Pro LX, Old Skool Pro 92 LX, Half Cab Pro 92 LX, and a Sk8-Mid Pro 91 LX.  It’s worth noting that we haven’t seen a Pro LX model yet, so this is a cool first.  Each pair consists of a high quality army nylon, hairy suede, or a mixture of both.  The Half Cab appears to be the band leader with it’s bright orange hairy suede, but the low-key winner is the Sk8-Mid with it’s single-stitch collar, for that true vintage vibe.  That’s the one.

To really understand this pack, you just have to read the Vans interview, but enjoy the pics after the jump!

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Vans Vault x Opening Ceremony – Passion Pack (Feb. 2017)

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Opening Ceremony has just came out with their latest round of tonal Vans Vault leather shoes, which are sort of becoming their staple.  This time around we get two OG Sk8-Hi LX’s, three OG Old Skool LX’s, and a new OG Style 23 LX aka Prison Issue.  We see some new colorways for this pack, all bright and vivid colors, like Jester Red, Sulphur, Orchid Bouquet, and White.  One color throughout.  From the laces, to the waffle sole.  That might be for you, or it might not, but one thing’s for sure, these do look beautiful!  Cop a pair now from Opening Ceremony’s webstore, ranging in price from $110-$120.

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Vans x Offspring – Old Skool 36 Reissue “Pony Hair” (UTP Review) @OffspringShoes

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It’s been too long since I’ve done a review on any sneakers, but this will be the first one for 2017, which also just happens to be Under The Palms’ 10th Anniversary year, so how bout that?

For our first review, we’re going over this fine looking Old Skool 36 Reissue you see right here, a collaborative project with the UK’s Offspring, celebrating their 20th anniversary.  Fresh off the heels of their Clothsurgeon collab, they are back at it with a “Pony Hair” pack which also consisted of a tan colored Slip-On.  The shoe is constructed primarily in black short-grain suede, with pony hair material for the side panels.  What makes these interesting, and something I failed to notice on the original pics, is that the pony hair is checkerboard on the medial side of the shoe, while the lateral side is all black.  Perfect if you want to keep things low-key simple, yet still be about that Vans life.  You know what I’m talking about!  The waffle soles are clear, with artwork that we’ve seen in previous posts of their storefront on Neal St., and there is simple Offspring branding printed on the footbed.  These Old Skools are finished off nicely with tonal marshmallow white vulcanized soles, for a mature and semi-formal look.  All in all, I really am digging these.  I’m a sucker for tonal colored shoes where multiple contrasting materials are used, especially when they’re of higher quality, and that’s exactly what we have here.  Great job Offspring, and thanks to Aman for the assist!

These are still available in a few sizes from Offspring’s webstore.

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

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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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Vans x Offspring – Pony Hair Pack (2.3.17)

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Words via Offspring:
“Vans has teamed up with UK’s Offspring, to release an exclusive pack of new iterations of the iconic Old Skool & Slip On silhouettes, featuring checkerboard pony hair material.

Rounding off twelve months of celebrations, the vans collaboration pays homage to Offspring’s two decades in business. Inspired by the retailer’s first store, both shoes feature a waffle ice sole that peek through to an illustration of Neal Street, the location of Offspring’s first store.

With heat embossed checkerboard pony hair uppers and premium leather detailing, the shoes are a reflection of the long standing history Vans & Offspring have of bringing special projects to life.”

These are set to release this Friday, Feb. 3rd, exclusively at Offspring.

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Vault x Undercover – OG Old Skool LX & OG Era LX (2.4.17)

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Words via Hypebeast:

“It’s been several months since there were any updates regarding UNDERCOVER‘s collaboration with Vault by Vans. Fortunately for Jun Takahashi fans the full offering of footwear has finally been unveiled. For Spring 2017 the Japanese label has reworked both the OG Era LX and the OG Old Skool LX silhouettes, the latter of which is arguably the stand out silhouette. Arriving in two colorways of grey and bordeaux, the classic low-top boasts tonal color treatments and an all-over floral pattern, an ever-present theme in Takahashi’s past collections. The Era on the other hand features a relatively simple text-focused design along the toe box reading “Take me in time, time to the music, Take me away to the twilight zone,” which refers to the English rock band Temple’s 2014 single “Shelter Song.” This model is available in colorways of white (not pictured above), black and red. Retailing between $130 USD and $150 USD, you can purchase the UNDERCOVER x Vault by Vans collection at select accounts starting February 4”.

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Vans Japan x FDMTL – Sk8-Hi & Slip-On (Japan Exclusive!)

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Words via Strictly Waffles:

“Japanese denim supplier FDMTL is well known for making arguably the best denim in the world. Their denim has draped Vans silos before in indigo, but for their latest collaboration, FDMTL has chosen a much darker option.  Both the Slip On JP and Sk8 Hi JP will both feature very deep navy premium denim uppers with contrasting bright white stitching. Each have a patchwork style motif that covers the vamp of the Slip On and quarters of the Sk8 Hi. The Sk8 Hi’s vamp and heel counter are both done up in premium navy suede. Both will come complete with FDMTL branded insoles and arrive packaged in custom, dual branded boxes.”
The Vans Japan x FDMTL Slip On JP and Sk8 Hi JP will be available this Saturday, January 28th from FDMTL and California Dept. in Japan. Retail is ¥15,000 and ¥16,000 respectively.

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Vans Japan x Universal Products – Authentic “Pony Hair” (Japan Exclusive)

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Words via Hypebeast:

“Japanese outfit UNIVERSAL PRODUCTS is the latest to team up with Vans on a pair of collaborative footwear, joining the California-based icon for a special rendition of the tried-and-true Authentic. Built on the premise of “extraordinary in everyday,” the co-branded design takes the humble silhouette and dresses it in white, allowing the materials to do the talking by combining a premium harako leather base with faux pony hair throughout.

Accompanied by a tote and custom packaging, the UNIVERSAL PRODUCTS x Vans Authentic is available online now for ¥20,000 JPY (approximately $177 USD) while supplies last.”