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


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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Vans Japan x N.Hoolywood – Slip-On (8.12.17)

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Info via Hypebeast:

“Japanese label N.HOOLYWOOD teams up once more with American imprint Vans, this time putting a spin on the classic Checkerboard print Slip-On sneaker. Coming in two colorways of “White/Black” and “Gray/Black,” the simple silhouette features a premium leather upper with a printed checkerboard print. The tongue section can be turned down, revealing suede and canvas textiles, to mimic a penny loafer saddle strap for a somewhat more formal look. Other details include Vans “Off the Wall” branding at the sole unit heel bumper, special edition leather and canvas insoles, as well as tonal stitching throughout.”

The N.HOOLYWOOD x Vans Slip-On sneakers will be available at select retailers on August 12.

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Vans Japan x Deluxe – Authentic (4.29.17)

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Here’s another Vans shoe releasing for the Japan market, this time with luxury brand Deluxe.  They chose to use the Era (CO.JP as we like to call this particular shape), featuring a slightly rounder toe, lower foxing height, and an overall shape that seems to be used quite a bit in Japan.  Yes, for all you new Vans fans, there are different types of Vans in Japan, and no, they’re not fake.  Deluxe went with a traditional canvas mock-up, in two classic colorways, while featuring a few checkerboard hits throughout the shoe, mainly on the tongue, heel strip, and the footbed heel pad.  A little bit of checkerboard goes a long way, and too much can sometimes be obnoxious.  The foxing scene sees a classic Vans director logo, slightly modified for Deluxe.  The final feature is the gel-clear waffle soles, featuring the same custom director logo.  These will be available from Deluxe on April 29th, for ¥9,000 JPY.

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Vans Japan x Sasquatchfabrix x Beams – Old Skool (5.3.17)

Vans Japan and Beams have teamed up with Sasquatchfabrix, to bring to you this nice and simple Old Skool.  Featuring the classic suede/canvas combo that us traditionalists love, the shoe’s main color choice is white, but with a slightly contrasting natural white suede.  Red accents can be found on the foxing stripe, and tongue label.  The unique feature on this shoe, which we’ve recently learned about, is the elastic woven straps above the tongue.  We haven’t seen this before!  Not much more to say about these, but FYI they’re a Japan exclusive.

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


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



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)

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.”

Vans Japan x Billy’s Tokyo – Classic Slip-On Half Moon


Billy’s has been an advocate for the half moon style, with the Era that dropped a few months back, and this time they’re back with a Classic Slip-On version.  Available in Tan, Black, or Red, with white vulcanized soles.  The vintage look seems to be a big hit not in just Japan, but all over the world, so perhaps Vans should make a few of these for the rest of us!  You can catch these online now for ¥9,720 JPY (approximately $86 USD) per pair while supplies last.

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Vans Japan x Sophnet – Camo Sk8-Hi (Coming Soon!)


Vans Japan has once again teamed up with Sophnet. on another Sk8-Hi with a medial side zipper.  This time, they went with a black and camo pattern for the side panels.  Not much more to describe about the pair, but this time there is a few pieces of apparel to go along with the release.  Check them out after the jump!  Available soon from  Sophnet and Billy’s Tokyo.

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Vans Japan x Mooneyes – “Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show” Sk8-Hi & Slip-On (2016)


The 2016 Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show is just around the corner, and Vans has teamed up with Mooneyes to create two motorsports inspired shoes, by way of a Sk8-Hi and a Slip-On.  Both feature familiar branding logos throughout the shoe, but each are entirely unique of one another.  The Slip-On comes in a gray canvas mockup, with a black printed canvas ad on the toe, with a very cool brushed metallic silver heel panel, complete with labels, derived from Mooneyes gas tanks which they are most widely known for.  The Sk8-Hi is done up in a yellow suede vamp, with a canvas side panel printed with the Mooneyes logo in a yellow to red gradient.  The custom details don’t stop there, as the ollie pads, and heel panel also feature custom embroidery and the top eyelets are plugged with a metal stud.  Both pairs finish off nicely with custom printed footbeds.  These will be available in highly limited quantities at this year’s YHRC Show on Dec. 4th, 2016.  If you’ll be in Japan during this time, you may want to stop by and check this show out, as it’s become one of the premier motorcycle shows in the world.  More info can be found here.


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