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.


info via Mooneyes JP

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Vans x 430 – Double Decade Old Skool & Apparel (9.23.16)


Words via Hypebeast:

“Japanese BMX outfit 430 is still going strong two decades after its debut, so, to celebrate the 20-year milestone, the collective has teamed up with Vans for its latest co-branded endeavor. Like previous joint projects between the two, the highlight here is a special edition of the Old Skool. Aptly dubbed the “DOUBLE DECADE,” the kicks come with an all-black look and eschew more prototypical branding cues in favor of custom hits to the rubber foxing and laces, not to mention Vans’ iconic checkerboard motif across the footbed and tongue. To sweeten the deal, 430 has dropped a coinciding capsule collection of Vans apparel that includes a coaches jacket, tee and cap — all of which don special “DOUBLE DECADE” insignia.

Expect the entire range to be available from DECADE beginning this Friday, September 23.”

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Vans Japan x Christie Shinn – Slip-On (Japan Only!)


Words via Highsnobiety:

“As a followup to their previous collaboration on the Slip-On, Vans and Hawaii-based artist Christie Shinn have once again worked on the laceless silhouette.

 The sneaker showcases Shinn’s colorful artwork, as inspired by the North Shore where she calls home. Even the insoles feature custom drawings from Christie, who makes use of vivid colors and clean lines on the collaborative pair. Finally, co-branding can also be seen on the insoles, in addition to “Aloha” tagging implemented on the heel.

You can look forward to Christie Shinn’s latest Vans Slip-On collaboration releasing on July 17 through select Vans Japan outlets.”

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Vans Japan x SCANDAL – Slip-On (Japan Exclusive!)


Words via Hypebeast:

“The Vans Slip-On has already been subject of various collaborations this year, most recently in a series of striking “Qi Pao” releases with Opening Ceremony. Now the iconic laceless sneaker is rendered in a striking graphic-heavy tribute to Japanese girl rock band “SCANDAL” in celebration of their 10th anniversary. The group first made waves in 2008 both at home and abroad after signing to indie label Kitty Records a mere two years after they were formed, before making their major debut on Epic Records with the single “Doll” that same year. This collaborative effort sees the band’s logo adorn the toe portion of the shoe, while a nod to the year 2006 and a bar code emblazon the design as well. Finished off with a two-tone vulcanized sole, you can purchase this limited edition release for ¥6,500 JPY (approximately $61 USD) starting August 6 at ABC MART locations in Shibuya, Nagoya and Osaka.”


Vans Japan x Mastermind – Sk8-Hi Zip, Era, & Slip-On (Summer 2016)


Mastermind Japan has finally released some official pics of their latest Vans collaboration, and it looks like the line-up will consist of a Sk8-Hi with a side zipper, an Era, and a Slip-On, all in the Co.JP construction.  Each pair features premium black leather, and a half black/half white vulcanized sole.  Mastermind’s “skull & crossbone” branding can be seen prominently throughout each shoe, so you can let others know you’re all about that Japanese high fashion.  There are also 3 t-shirts being offered up this time.  Mastermind always does a killer job with their designs, or maybe I’m just partial to black and white.  Anyways, there is a pre-order up right now for the entire collection over at California Dept., but it’s a Japan exclusive, so unless you’re in Japan, or are saavy with the proxy sites, forget about getting these!

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