A Day At The New Vans Corporate Headquarters (8.30.17)


I know it’s been a few weeks since we were invited to tour the Vans Corporate Headquarters, but life has really been in the way and I haven’t been able to really sit down and write.  I mainly wanted to share with you, some random photos that I was able to take while touring this amazing new facility.  Situated right off the 405 freeway in Costa Mesa, just West of Harbor Blvd., perfectly visible from the freeway, stands this gigantic checkerboard wrapped building, with an even more giant Vans logo on each side of the building.  It’s even more magnificent from the inside courtyard, where you’ve all seen that big red staircase that connects all 3 floors together.


I started out my day meeting up with the Strictly Waffles fam Eddie and Joey in the parking lot.  We arrived inside to all of our Vans PR friends, and a few familiar faces I’ve met at past events.  We were provided with some breakfast items and Stumptown Coffee which is the coffee of choice throughout the main cafe, and the coffee kitchens situated on each floor.  I was all about that nitro cold brew that was on tap, served up by their very own barista Brandon.  This was too awesome.


The day of course started with a nice introduction from Steve Van Doren, and his sister Cheryl, talking about what was important when asking employees about what they wanted the new building to have, as well as making sure it was a place that made you love being at work.  There are private think spaces throughout the entire building, an outdoor courtyard complete with a bell that can be rung and heard throughout the entire place, when you make a significant achievement, and there’s even a game room loaded with air hockey, foosball, and shuffleboards to blow off a little steam on.  Vans memorabilia is on display almost everywhere you look.  Band collab shoes, custom Fender guitars, and even the Vans Born Free 9 motorcycle that was built by Thompson Cycles. Read More

SBTG x Kadir Warriors – “Acid Frenzy” Pack (Available for Pre-Order) @mr_sabotage #sbtg #kadirwarriors


SBTG and the Kadir Warriors are back again with a 3rd collab, this time called Acid Frenzy.  The shoes feature custom artwork by the SBTG team, and are a result of many years of friendship between the Kadir Warriors and Mark Ong.  The Kadir Warriors have such a strong family bond, which should be an inspiration to the world, as said by SBTG, himself.  If you’re interested in any of these pairs, you can place a pre-order from SBTG for $450 + shipping.  Links will be available on their site very soon.  Until then, check out the pics after the jump!

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SBTG x Kadir Warrios – Collection 3 (Coming Soon!)

Singapore’s finest, SBTG has teamed up with his local friends, the Kadir Warriors for a third collaboration, once again using Vans as the base for the entire collection.  They chose 2 models, the Slip-On and the Authentic, which are the Kadir Warrior’s favorite model to wear.  For this round they decided to emphasise on the hand sign that they always show in their IG photos which happens to symbolize the W for Warriors, and at the same time, a number 3 sign.  Through conversations they had together they decided to work on a black / teal / pink colorway with white bones. The panels are cloaked in a 1 tone Tiger stripe pattern and embellished with their Kwar motifs all over.  They decided to open up this release to the public for pre-order, so if you are a fan of the Kadir Warriors and Mark Ong aka SBTG’s fine work, then stay tuned to their site for more info!
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The Shoe Surgeon – Beige Suede Sk8-Hi Crepe Sole (ComplexCon Exclusive)


The leader amongst sneaker decon artists, The Shoe Surgeon, has come up with these dope crepe-soled Sk8-Hi’s reconstructed entirely from scratch, using beige suede.  This isn’t the type of customization you’re used to seeing, and the time and effort put into each pair of these is unrivaled.  Limited to a run of 25 pairs, each one will be sold exclusively at SneakerCon this upcoming weekend, here in Los Angeles.  Congrats to The Shoe Surgeon, on another dope Vans creation.

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SBTG for House of Vans SG – “Big Pants, Small Wheels” Sk8-Hi Custom


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.

Pics via Strictly Waffles

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Vans Customs – Now Including Pro and Lite Models!

Vans,a Division of VF Outdoor, Inc.(click on pic to create your own!)

Customizing shoes has been part of Vans’ DNA since their very first day of business.  If Vans didn’t have a color or pattern that you liked, you were able to bring in your own favorite fabric, for a one-off custom shoe that was tailor made just for you.  Those 50th Anniversary “Duke Kahanamoku” Authentics with the floral print?  Yeah, the original pairs were made for the Duke, from one of his shirts!

So with that brief back story, we’re excited to share that Vans has revamped their Customs program with a bunch of new patterns and colors, but most importantly they’ve added the Pro and Lite models to the line-up.  This is a game changer for those of us (and you) who know a little bit more than the average Vans fan.  Whether you want a pair that features a more durable upper and improved sockliner, or the most comfortable pair of Vans’ classics, there is something for everyone.

The Vans Customs site has been rebuilt from the ground up, and now features an intuitive 3D shoe builder, which has a faster response to rendering your shoe than the past website, and the colors are pretty close to what the actual pair will come out like.  The only thing that may need to be updated, is the labeling of the colors and patterns, just so we don’t let our eyes fool us, and in case we see a familiar color that we already know what it looks like in real life.

You can build your own pair of Vans using the new site right now, and have them shipped in about 2 weeks.  That’s incredible!  You can support Under The Palms by building and ordering your pair by clicking through our links above, and on the banners at the top of the page so we can continue to do what we love!  Thanks guys!

C2H4 x Pros by CH – “Re-Blue Project” Old Skool & Slip-On (Available Now! @c2h4_la) #c2h4


Words via Hypebeast:
“C2H4 Los Angeles introduces the “Re-Blue Project,” a DIY-take on two classic Vans silhouettes. Taking on the classic Old Skool and the Authentic, C2H4 has meticulously deconstructed each shoe, applied hand-painted features, and revamped the shoes with details such as tonal leather laces, stripped eyelets, and a denim pattern overlay. Each shoe is unique in its own way and the limited capsule collection is available now, with the Old Skool retailing for $315 USD and the Slip-On for $280 USD.”

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Vans Crowns John P. Stevens High School Winner of the 2016 Vans Custom Culture Design Competition #VansCustomCulture

John P. Stevens High School_Edison NJ_Winners

Words via Vans:

“Vans, the original action sports and youth culture brand, is proud to welcome John P. Stevens High School from Edison, N.J. to the ranks of winners of the Vans Custom Culture design competition. As the grand-prize winner, John P. Stevens High School has been awarded a donation of $50,000 for the school’s arts education programs to help foster the students’ #RightToArt and support the next generation of creative individuals.

In partnership with Americans for the Arts, Journeys, truth®, Laguna College of Art and Design and Blick Art Materials, Vans hosted the top five high school finalists at a final event held on June 8 at MAMA Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. Vans reached out to creative minds across action sports, art, music and street culture to form a panel of judges that exemplify what it means to invest in the creativity of their respective talents. This year, YouTube personality Maddi Bragg, Vans professional surfer Dylan Graves and top chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo behind Los Angeles restaurants Animal, Jon & Vinny’s and Son of a Gun, as well as special musical guest Echosmith, selected the winning custom Vans shoe designs among a talented group of young artists representing the top five high ­­schools. The remaining finalists – Eastern High School (Louisville, Ky.), Moanalua High School (Honolulu, Hawaii), Orange High School (Orange, Calif.) and Sandy High School (Sandy, Ore.) were each awarded $4,000 on behalf of Vans toward their arts programs.

“Art has always been an essential ingredient of the Vans DNA. Whether it was through creating custom footwear for the skateboarders of the Dogtown era or young kids doodling checkerboard across their sneakers, Vans have been a canvas of expression for 50 years,” said Kevin Bailey, VF and Vans Global Action Sports and Outdoor Brand President. “We created Vans Custom Culture to not only raise awareness of declining arts education budgets across the country, but because we also inherently believe that today’s youth deserve the Right to Art. As such, it is our duty to provide a platform that enables creative expression for generations to come.”

Now in its seventh year, the Vans Custom Culture competition continues to inspire and empower creativity among high school students across the country. Since the inaugural competition, more than 10 percent of high schools nationally have participated in Vans Custom Culture and more than $600,000 has been contributed to support arts programs. Nearly 3,000 high schools registered for this year’s competition, designing four pairs of blank Vans based on four themes: Action Sports, Art, Music and Local Flavor. One of the designs from the grand-prize winners, John P. Stevens High School, has the opportunity to be produced and sold in select Vans retail stores, as well as online at Vans.com.

In addition to the grand prize, Vans donated an additional $50,000 to non-profit partner, Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading organization for advancing the arts and art education. This year, Vans Custom Culture was recognized for its innovative charitable approach, taking home top honors in the education category for the 2016 Cause Marketing Halo Awards.

 Vans Custom Culture partners Journeys, truth® and Laguna College of Art and Design also provided participating schools the opportunity to raise additional funds for their art education programs. As a long time Vans partner, Journeys awarded a $15,000 ‘Local Attitude’ award to Moanalua High School for creating the most compelling ‘local flavor’ design.

truth®, one of the nation’s most successful and longest running youth smoking prevention campaign, challenged the students to customize a skate deck inspired by their reaction to a raw fact about tobacco. Station Camp High School in Gallatin, Tenn., took home the $10,000 truth® donation, for its winning design that shows what it looks like when smoking is finished for good.

Finally, Laguna College of Art and Design, a premier national art and design college and the first to offer a BFA degree in Action Sports design, partnered with Vans to provide the opportunity for every single student that participated in the 2016 competition the chance to apply for a $25,000 scholarship to be received upon admission. Almost 80 students will be eligible for the scholarship, which will enable them to continue their creative path and earn their BFA in Design + Digital Media.”

To view pictures from the final event please click here and for more information on Vans Custom Culture visit Vans.com/CustomCulture. Follow the movement on Instagram @vans.custom.culture and by using the hashtags #RightToArt and #VansCustomCulture.

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The Shoe Surgeon x ROKIT – The Making of the Old Skool Force 1 (Video)

Words via Highsnobiety:

“To call The Shoe Surgeon a sneaker customizer is putting it lightly. This guy is well known for completely transforming silhouettes. Here we get a look at the master at work, as he takes a pair of Vans Old Skools, rips off the sole, and then applies an Air Force 1 sole unit. Various other details have also been altered to come up with The Shoe Surgeon’s new collaboration with ROKIT.”

Vans Customs x Disney – Exclusive Prints Available Now Until Nov. 12th!

Vans,a Division of VF Outdoor, Inc.

Now through November 12th, design your custom-made Vans footwear, backpacks or hats with two exclusive Disney prints featuring Minnie and Mickey & Pluto! These two exclusive prints are only around for a limited time, so check them out today!

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