Vans Skate x Defcon – Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro (5.27.17) #defcon



While DEFCON origins remain classified, the projects stamped with their namesake speak volumes. Vans reunites with the stealth collective this spring to resurrect the Vans Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro, engineered with three new Multicam® patterns, Arid™, Tropic™, and Black™, specifically designed to reduce the visual and near-Infrared signature of a person in three distinct environments. As an ode to past projects, the Vans DEFCON Multicam® capsule comes full circle, completing the footwear outfit with new apparel fabrics originally developed for the US Army and tactical law enforcement.
DEFCON has evolved into a multifaceted study group responsible for the marketing and development of some of the leading brands in the tactical and streetwear worlds. Through both natural curiosity and fascination turned obsession, DEFCON has perfected their craft in media modifications, establishing their repute as a standalone brand.

The Vans Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro by DEFCON features:

Premium Waterproof and Flame Retardant Wolverine Pig Suede®
Water-Resistant treatment on uppers
Multicam® Nylon textiles
Dri-Lex™ moisture management linings throughout
Gusseted tongue
Military detailing from DEFCON identity to BDU specs
Vans Ultracush HD footbeds w/ custom artwork
Hesh Goat embossed heel stamp
Durable reverse lug outsole and knurled texture foxing tape

The Vans by DEFCON limited-edition footwear and apparel capsule is available worldwide on May 27 at select Vans Pro Skate dealers.


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Vans x Concepts – “Jamaica” Old Skool Pro (4.20.17)


Info via Concepts:

“Concepts joins Vans for an exclusive trio of collaborative Old Skool colorways. Concepts’ take on the classic skate shoe is inspired by a Vintage Jamaican print, featured prominently in the canvas paneling. The pack, which consists of a Green, Off-White, and a special friends and family Orange offering, each have premium suede and a padded tongue, along with the signature Vans waffle outsole. Retail $85, the Concepts x Vans “Jamaica” will be sold in-store Thursday, 4.20.17, followed by an online release at 12pm eastern on Friday, 4.21.17 on

A limited number of the friends and family Orange Suede Old Skool will be sold at Concepts NYC and Cambridge on 4.20.17 first come first serve.”

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


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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Vans Pro x Fucking Awesome – Epoch ’94 Pro (1.21.17) Available @silostore!


Vans and Fucking Awesome come together to release their latest collection, the Epoch ’94 Pro.  We’ve been anticipating these to drop for a little while now, and things have been kept under wraps ’til about last week.  Well, the flood gates are now open, and we’re getting a few good photos of the pack now.  There will be 3 colorways available at a very few select Vans Pro accounts, supposedly those who carry the Fucking Awesome line which seems fitting.  We haven’t seen the Epoch silhouette in awhile.  The Ray Barbee collab comes to mind!  The 3 colorways chosen for this release are black, white, and bright blue and feature debossed “Fucking Awesome” logos all over the shoe’s upper.  The first two colors sit on top of a white vulcanized sole, and the white pair has a navy foxing stripe, both featuring gum waffle soles, while the bright blue pair sits on a dark purple vulcanized sole, with clear waffle grip bottoms.  There’s also a custom box created for this release, which is always nice.  These will drop this Saturday, the 21st at Silo, and on their webstore, as well as at a few Vans Pro “Syndicate allocated” accounts, as stated before.

pics and info via Silo

(edit:  We’ve added the pics that Fucking Awesome put up on their webstore, including their shop exclusive all-black pair that we didn’t mention previously)

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Vans Pro x SHOWROOM – Old Skool Pro & Sk8-Hi Pro (12.9.16)


Words via Hypebeast:

“Kuala Lumpur’s SHOWROOM has joined forces with Vans for what’s being billed as a “first-of-its-kind” collaborative endeavor. Dubbed “21:30,” the two-piece collection takes on Pro editions of both the Sk8-Hi and Old Skool, transforming them with the nighttime skater in mind by adding the likes of reflective 3M material and Velcro sidestripes that allow the wearer to switch between stark white and Vans’ famed checkerboard motif for added versatility. And since the kicks come in Pro form, each retro silhouette sports modern upgrades like DURACAP technology and ULTRACUSH cushioning.  Capped off with some subtle co-branding and icy outsoles, the “21:30″ release is set to hit the Malaysian skate spot come December 9.”

06 80 6th Floor, Berjaya Times Square
1, Jalan Imbi
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Vans x Slam City – Native Pro & Lampin Pro (10.22.16) (Video)

Vans has teamed up with world-famous Slam City Skates to celebrate their 30th anniversary, and for this special occasion they worked on a Native Pro and Lampin Pro, both in tonal colorways.  The Native takes it’s inspiration from the Madrid Fly Paper model, featuring the same tonal black uppers, vulcanized soles, crescent moon toe bumpers, and ollie pad.  The Native came out in 1988, which was the same year that Slam City opened their first doors at their Covent Garden location.  For their second shoe, the Lampin Pro which debuted in 1993, they just wanted to pay homage to the early 90’s skate scene, which was considered the golden age of skateboarding.  They went with an entirely marshmallow colorway, with accentuating white laces.  Both feature Savage Pencil’s Flamehead logo, for that custom touch.  Both pairs will be releasing online, tomorrow morning at 9AM UTC on Slam City Skate’s webshop.

Read more about the release over on Slam City’s website

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Vans x Slam City Skates – Lampin Pro & Native Pro (10.20.16)

Check out this short video of Slam City Skate’s upcoming collab with Vans, working together on a Lampin Pro and Native Pro.  Both pairs are looking really nice, with the Lampin coming in an all-white colorway, while the Native gets an all-black edition.  Both will be releasing this Thursday, on the 20th at The House of Vans London.  We think there’ll be pairs for in-store as well as online like with their past collabs.  If you’re near the shop stop by and check these out!


Vans 50th Anniversary – Full Cab Pro ’89 (Available Now! @silostore) #silostore


Words via Silo:

“Already a legend, Steve Caballero brought a higher level of functionality to the design of the first signature skateboarding shoe in 1989. The new revolution of street skaters adopted the Caballero, customizing it into what became the most iconic skate shoe of the ’90s—the “lighter, better, faster” Half Cab® in 1993.

The Caballero Pro ’89 is upgraded to modern specs in its iconic original burgundy with croc emboss colorway.”

Select sizes available now at Silostore, as well as at your local Vans Pro dealer.

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Vans x FTC – Slip-On Pro (Available Now!)


It’s been years since Vans and FTC have linked up, but they’re back at it again with these Slip-On Pro’s in some city-friendly colors.  The upper is constructed with a black suede material, while the side panel features black canvas, and the heel panel is wrapped in gold suede, featuring a debossed FTC OG logo.  The UltraCUSH footbed has a print of the Golden Gate Bridge, for that that final San Francisco tribute.  These are now available for $65 from FTC’s webshop.

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Vans Pro – 50th Anniversary Sk8-Hi Pro ’91 Coors Light (Available at @silostore on 9.17.16)


Beer drinkers unite!  The Vans 50th Anniversary celebration continues, this time with a familiar collaboration from decades ago.  You’ve seen vintage pairs of Coors Light Vans in the past, but they’ve always been the Era models, but never have you seen a Sk8-Hi model until now.  Vans has linked up with Coors again, to create this Sk8-Hi Pro ’91, but there’s a unique back story to this design, as with most of the “Syndicate allocated” 50th Anniversary Pro releases.  After reading a few comments on @natescrappy_vans50tharchive Instagram account, I learned that this design is an exact replica of a pair that Steve Van Doren created for Jeff Grosso back in 1991.  It was a one-off, and no other original Made In USA pairs exist.  Jeff even commented on said Instagram post that “they were the best shoes he ever owned”.  I can’t see these staying around very long, but if you put in some work online, you might be able to score a pair from Silo, or your local Vans Pro account this weekend.

Thanks to Silo and Nates Crappy Vans 50th Archive for the borrowed pics!


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