Vans x Metallica – Sk8-Hi Reissue, Slip-On, and Apparel (2.16.18) #Metallica #VansxMetallica

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Words via Vans:

“Vans, the leading youth culture brand and icon of creative expression, joins forces with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and multiple-Grammy® Award winning band Metallica, to release an exclusive collection of footwear, apparel and accessories. The latest installment from the long-time Vans x Metallica partnership marks the third collaboration between the storied brand and band.

The Vans x Metallica collection highlights the newly designed Metallica logo for a heavy metal rendition of Vans classic silhouettes. Dressed in full grain leather upper and tonal deco-stitched Sidestripe, the Sk8-Hi Reissue showcases an etched Metallica logo on the sidewall with a wrapped version on the quarter panels. The Classic Slip-On features an all-over logo print across the vamp and is finished with the same engraved Metallica logo on the sidewalls. A short sleeve t-shirt and trucker hat round out the offering using a Vans x Metallica logo lock-up.

Metallica’s most recent album, Hardwired…To Self Destruct, was released on November 18, 2016 on Metallica’s own Blackened Recordings record label and debuted at No. 1 around the world, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in its first week and garnering the band Grammy® nominations for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album.

The Vans x Metallica collection will be available to shop in Vans retail stores and online at Vans.com and through the bands official website, Metallica.com beginning February 16th. For more information, please visit vans.com/news.  Click on either pic to purchase from the Vans site when they go live on FRIDAY.

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Kadirwarriors – “CW-IV” aka Part IV: The Checker Warriors (Vans Customs)

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It’s been a long time since I’ve featured any custom works on here, especially of the Vans Customs program types, but when our friends, the Kadirwarriors from Singapore reached out to me, to feature a design that they came up with as a collective, then I thought I’d show a little love for them, for being such Vans fanatics, in a country that is relatively new to Vans on a more widespread scale. Even if the rare and limited Vans are mostly being imported via eBay auctions and Facebook group transactions, it’s this same passion that resonates to the masses, who might just want to step outside of their normal everyday style, and buy that first pair of Slip-Ons, Authentics, Old Skools, or Sk8-Hi’s. Any sub-culture needs it’s advocates, and these guys are a perfect example of that. Thank you all for supporting Vans like we do, and living their culture, creating your own path, while holding down Singapore for all of us Vans enthusiasts, proving Vans is truly a world-wide brand.

Here’s a brief message from Faisal (@cacal) of Singapore’s most notorious group of Vans collectors, all whom are first cousins or brothers, the Kadirwarriors.

“We present to you, the Kadirwarriors x Vans Part IV, the ‘Checker Warriors’ or shorten for ‘CW-IV’. Silos of choice, were two of our favorite models: The style 44 & 98, also known as the Slip-on and Authentic. With the Vans Customs program, our entire Kadirwarriors came up with a design that we unanimously agreed upon, which we want to share with you here.

The ‘CW-IV’ defines the Kadirwarriors and our love of Vintage Japanese Americana style, especially the vintage Vans look, with the iconic checkered foxing. We chose the checkerboard motif as it commemorates every single one of us to why we are here in the first place. The olive (Army Green) theme was added as it has been instilled in most of us, having that military vibe in our style. The ‘Warriors’ repeat pattern on the Authentic was selected to commemorate one of our favorite classic designs, the FuckingAwesome x Vans. I remember we were all looking forward to the Authentic releasing. Fun fact: Under The Palms made a repost of all the official 3 colors released worn by us in the @underthepalms IG account. We were all so stoked!

We personalized both models with embroidery stencil of our initials ‘KWAR’ on the left shoe, and the shoe name ‘CW-IV’ on the right, respectively. We finished the Slip-On with our trademark skull hand-sign logo on the panel. You wouldn’t want to know how many emails we had to send to Vans to get the logo approved for us to put on this pair. Vans has very strict protocol on pictures you want to submit. Lucky it went through, (perhaps with some referrals from some US Vans employees we befriended through IG).

As some of you guys may know, Vans.com doesn’t ship to Asia, but after 3 weeks, the shoes finally arrived, safely in Singapore. Just for fun, we have decided to assist with another 20 pairs, so if any friends want to be a part of the family and have a pair, please do contact us on our official IG @kadirwarriors or email us at kwar.official@gmail.com.

Thank you.”

Faisal (@cacal)

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Vans China x SANKUANZ – Year of the Dog Pack (Jan. 2018)

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Vans China has teamed up with SANKUANZ, to create the annual Vans Chinese zodiac calendar tribute shoe, this year being the year of the dog.  They chose to go with the Style 36, Era, and Slip-On, in Red, Black, and White, in a mixture of suede, tumbled leather, and canvas, depending on the model.  Each pair features a “DO NOT PET ME I AM AGGRESSIVE” message running the entire foxing stripe around the shoe, except the black pair, which gives these a nice custom touch.  Each pair is finished off nicely with a REBEL TEETH  logo on the heel of the footbed.

Pairs will be available starting January 12th.

info via Hypebeast

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Vault by Vans x Blends – Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip LX Pony Hair Bones (1.6.18) @blendsus #blendsvans


Blends, teams up with Vans Vault once again to release a special “Pony hair” rendition of the original “Bone Jazz-Stripe” Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip LX. The duo maintain the color palette of the very first Vans Vault x Blends project which features supple premium Black cowhide leather uppers accented with natural-colored Pony Hair details on the tongue lining and the Bone Jazz Stripe that sits atop a solid All-White sole unit with a Black Waffle outsole. The shoes will be available Saturday, January 6th, exclusively through Blends’ six store locations as well as their webstore www.blendsus.com.

Pricing hasn’t been set just yet, but past Sk8-Hi Bones releases have been in the $160 range, but not like it matters, cause #blendsvans!  If this is to be the last Bones Vans to come out of Blends (as rumors have floated around), then why not go out with an ode to a super dope and original idea, paying homage to what we call the “OG Blends” with the black leather and white bones jazz stripe.  These will surely be hyped, limited, and gone instantly.  Good luck!

Photography: Jayson Palacio | @jaysonxpalacio
Videography: Lucas Chemotti | @lucaschemotti
 
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Vault by Vans x Taka Hayashi – Horween Sk8-Mid LX & Old Skool LX (Holiday 2017)

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Taka Hayashi’s next collection from Vault by Vans is due out anytime now, and a few shops have already started receiving pairs.  This time around, Taka took on the Old Skool LX and Sk8-Mid LX, doing them up in Horween pebbled leather.  I want to say these are buffalo leathers, since the look and texture of them is similar to the Proper collab.  The Old Skool comes in a simple black colorway with light tan jazz stripes, and the Sk8-Mid comes in a two-tone brown and black, and is constructed in the vintage Made In USA silhouette that the Our Legacys also chose.  Both pairs feature a new “rising sun” Taka Hayashi  tongue label, and the Taka license plate heel tabs that we’re used to.  The pack is really nice, and is available now or very soon at your local Vault dealer.

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Vans x X-Girl x MadeMe – Wally (12.15.17)

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Vans has come together with womenswear labels MadeMe and X-Girl. Working together on a limited-edition collection of footwear and apparel, the capsule pays homage to Vans’ storied skateboarding heritage and an inspiration that the trio all share. Amongst the selection, which also features a long-sleeve T-shirt with statement dual branding, the notable appearance of the Vans ‘Wally’ silhouette marks the shoe’s first re-issue since its mid-90s release. The collaborative capsule emphasizes the three brands’ female-first ethos, explained succinctly here by MadeMe designer Erin Magee, “I hope to see more women’s ‘street’ brands owned by women be a presence and respected in the scene.”

The exclusive MadeMe x X-Girl x Vans collection drops December 15, available at Opening Ceremony in the U.S., X-Girl and XLARGE stores in Japan, Worksout in Korea, as well as Yoho and Vans.com.cn in China.

Vans x Opening Ceremony – “Plaid Pack” Lampin (Available Now!)

Opening Ceremony teams up with Vans for an exclusive, limited-edition series called the Plaid Pack. Reminiscent of punk and collegiate style, the collection features Vans’ Lampin, a retro ’90s skate style, printed from the canvas uppers to the rubber outsoles in the collaboration’s green and red plaid motif.

UTP Review: Vault by Vans x END Clothing – “Nordic Wool” OG Old Skool LX

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It’s been ages since I’ve been able to sit down and write up a personal review on a sneaker release, but you’ve caught me on a good week and I’m in the mood to do one, so here goes!

Today we are reviewing END Clothing’s first official Vault by Vans collab, as far as I know.  I’ve been sharing Vans collabs for many years and I don’t have anything documented, and THE Google doesn’t find anything either!  With that being said, we are seeing the results of a brand that knows things.  END has been a Vault dealer for a long time, and they have to have a pretty good finger on the pulse of what Vans enthusiasts want, as well as what their clientele want.  They’ve managed to create something that’s unique, timeless, and high fashion without adding any gimmicks or trends.  Unique, because of the material and patterns used.  Timeless, because of the simple black and marshmallow colorways chosen, and high fashion because of the premium soft supple leather that was chosen for each shoe.  Not to mention, the packaging.  Each raffle-drawn winner received their pair in a custom velveteen wrapped box, with the custom knitted V print and END Clothing logo front and center.  Another unique aspect of the release.  One of my favorite subtle features, is the white contrasting foxing stripe, set in between the marshmallow sidewall foxing.  There is also minimal END branding on the footbed, just to let you know whose collab this is.  Each pair comes with a set of wide flat nylon laces, as well as a set of nylon paracord laces.  Either one is fine with me.

I’d like to say that this release kind of just showed up out of nowhere.  No big hype behind it, but END released both pairs through their online raffle system, and they sold out!  Congratulations on that one!  These are one of those pairs that you don’t really give it a thought, until you either see some up close detailed shots of the material and true colors, or you see them on somebody’s feet.  Either way, you’ll have to wait to find your pair through the grubby little hands of a reseller now.  I’d like to thank Simon at END, and Nick at Vans UK for the always appreciated support!

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Vault by Vans x Wood Wood – OG Old Skool LX (11.30.17)

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In the final collaborative project as part of their 15 year celebration, Wood Wood has teamed up with Vans to create a twist on the classic Old Skool silhouette. The result is two pairs juxtaposing each other as whites, greys and black mix with the brown tones of natural gum forming two simple but striking colorways.  “A tribute to adolescent behaviour and attitude” says W.W. designer Brian SS Jensen, referencing the scribbles on the sidewalls of the sole units, which adds a bit of youthful verve to the shoes.

The shoes will be sold in limited quantities exclusively at W.W. stores and at woodwood.com from Thursday November 30.

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Vans Japan x Mooneyes – Half Cab & Slip-On (12.3.17 exclusively at The Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show)

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Vans Japan and Mooneyes team up once again, to release a really cool pack for this year’s 26th annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show.

The collaboration offers a vintage motorsports inspired mixture of sneakers, apparel and accessories. The most popular item will most likely be the Half Cab, which you may recall seeing our pic of the huge sz66 version that was sitting in SVD’s office when we took a visit to the new Vans HQ.  The colorway is similar to last year’s Sk8-Hi, with the same all-over graphic print.  There is also a Slip-On that features a large blank area on the toe, for you to customize with stickers that are also included with the shoe.  Pretty dope, right?!  There will also be a few apparel pieces at the show.  The Half Cab is priced at ¥10,000 JPY ($90 USD), while the Slip-Ons will retail for ¥8,000 JPY ($72 USD).

If you plan on making the trip to this year’s show, then stop by the Vans booth where icon Steve Van Doren and skating legend Steve Caballero will be present!

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