Just wanted to share this video of Bryan Chin from Masses Malaysia, of the Vault x Our Legacy Old Skool Pro ’92 LX. He first shared this video on the Strictly Waffles FB group, but it’s really good, entertaining, funny, and he calls the Vans models by their actual names! Take notes all you young cats doing sneaker vids online. Our Vans community will put you on blast for stuff like that! Great video Bryan!
Here it is folks. The 6th “Bones” release by Blends and Vans Vault is finally upon us. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a pair a day early, so that I could do what I do, and that’s provide you with a unique perspective, a simple one, complete with a few real world photos, un-doctored, and in natural sunlight for that realistic effect. Enjoy the pics, and good luck getting a pair tomorrow morning at 9AM online, or at each physical location when they open, including the new store located in the Larchmont Village, over near Melrose and the Paramount Studios!
The Sk8-Hi Decon LX is a model we rarely see. As most of you may know, the Decon models come stripped down with minimal padding and for the most part the uppers are of a one-piece construction. Blends added their signature minimalistic style with the use of black premium leather throughout, with off-white contrast stitching. Their trademark Bone jazz stripe is the only panel that stands out on the smooth one-piece upper. This is the first time Blends has stepped away from the zipper for a Bones release, and substituted it with a heel-pull tab. It’ll mostly go unnoticed underneath a pair of pants though. The vulcanized outsole is sort of an off-white, but not entirely of the marshmallow colorway, and the black foxing stripe ties off the classic aesthetic Vans is known for. The tongues are once again muted, and the only branding on the shoe is by way of a footbed print. Finally, the inside lining is canvas, and not pigskin, so that’s good news for some. Oh, and there’s a dustbag and drawer box like the rest.
These are probably the most polarizing pair for any Blends purists, strictly because they didn’t follow suit with the prior models, but who cares right? It’s still a Bones release. It’s black. It’s got premium leather throughout. It’s got white soles with a black foxing stripe. They definitely won’t come and go with any trends. Don’t let anyone try and talk you out of trying to pick these up, because they’re probably just trying to increase their odds of scoring a pair. Thanks to the Blends fam for always looking out for Under The Palms. Appreciate you guys as always.
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It appears that Vans and Pass~Port have been working on a little collaboration that has been kept tightly under wraps, which is just awesome. Too many times, we get early leaks on product, and that just takes away the fun sometimes. This one came out of left field for sure, and the end result is just amazing. For those of you unfamiliar with Pass~Port, they’re a brand from down under, and their style represents their travels, their friends, and their local Australian/New Zealand heritage. If you look at their apparel, you’ll notice a lot of browns, oranges, and off-whites in the mix, giving an earthy vibe if you will. For their inaugural collab, they chose to construct an Old Skool Pro in two colorways, brown, and white. Each one consists of a mixture of hairy suede, and washed canvas, featuring an embroidered slogan on each heel that reads “International + Solidarity”. Pass~Port branding can also be found on the tongue, as well as the UltraCush HD footbeds. Both shoes feature brown leather linings, which are a nod to their brown top and bottom veneers that are featured on all Pass~Port decks. I’m really digging the simple style of these, and the materials they chose will surely make for a comfortable Old Skool. Flexibility & breathability are key. Great job Pass~Port, and even GREATER job at keeping these under wraps for so long. Surprises are always fun!
(I’ve added my own personal review pics of the brown pair, as well as Silo’s much more professional pics for a dual perspective on these, so enjoy!)
Silo has links up already for these, and will be releasing this upcoming Saturday the 13th.
pics and info via Silo
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This past weekend was Born Free 8, Southern California’s premier motorcycle builder’s show, where Blends released their latest classic Vans shoe, in collaboration with Born Free. The OG Old Skool LX that they went with, is simple, and designed for the classic Vans enthusiast, which includes many folks in the vintage bike builder crowd. To most of these builders and fans, they could care less about rare and limited shoes, with fancy materials, colorways, but they do like classic, time-tested, designs like the classic black & white Old Skool. Blends and Born Free wanted to create something specific to this crowd, and the customization was kept to a bare minimum. Hardly noticeable, are the slim red and blue pieces of leather protruding from the top and bottom of the classic white jazz stripe, giving off a truly Americana aesthetic. The only other customized part of the shoe, would be the translucent sole, with checkerboard bottom, and custom branded footbeds, both which are hardly seen, but are there to let you know these aren’t your typical pair of Vans Old Skools. Materials are the same as you’d find on any pair of Vault OG shoe, including the pigskin lining. These shoes were a must for me and a few others, thus the reason about 9 of us got to Born Free 8 early in the morning, about 3 hours before the gates opened, just to secure pairs for ourselves and friends from all over the globe. It was a surprisingly easy release, but online pairs sold out instantly. I hope you enjoy a few personal unfiltered pics I took, and be on the lookout for any pairs that go up for sale!
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Daaaamn Blends! Back at it again with the Bones Vans! This is the 5th release of the wildly popular “Bones Jazz Stripe” Vans to come out of the Blends camp, and this time we’ve got another banger. Always known for keeping things clean, simple, timeless, wearable, and trendless, this time Blends chose a Peacoat navy colorway, with a black jazz stripe and laces. The shoes have such a dark dye, that they appear to be almost black except for the natural suede on the edges of the premium leather panels, and on the back side of the inner zipper flap, where you can see a much more pronounced blue color. That slight contrast makes for a really cool design, and I could see this sort of treatment being a new trend in higher quality releases. The construction and make-up is still the same as all the other Blends Bones releases. Thin non-removable footbeds with minimal branding, and muted leather tongues, with no tags or branding. A white foxing, with black foxing stripe, and waffle sole complete the look. I hope some of you were fortunate enough to pick up a pair, as these are pretty much still the only Vans shoe that commands an over-night camp out. As you read this, I’m probably in line with the homies, waiting for Blends to open up. You might think I’m crazy for doing this stuff still, but this is one of the reasons why I do the Vans thing. The passion and the old school vibe sneaker culture is still there, and that still makes it fun for me. Thanks to the Blends family for always making it easy for me to get my hands on these. I’m forever grateful! -Guamstyles
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Last weekend had a few big releases, which was kicked off with the DQM “The Halves” Pack. With a focus on minimalism, DQM chose to let the materials and monochromatic white and black colorways do the talking. With premium tumbled leather throughout the shoe, these are classy as hell! The most recognizable and unique feature on this release has to be the luxury high-fashion inspired tongue stitching. I can’t think of another Vans shoe with this same feature. The embossed jazz stripe is another nice subtle feature, for those less interested in repping brands and logos. You may also have failed to notice that the toe is missing any perforations or stitching, which helps reiterate the statement that less is more. If you’re still on the fence about these, then you better decide quickly. Rumor has it, that the entire collection consisted of about 80 pairs total. That’s roughly 20 pairs per style. If that’s true, then these may not even be available anymore, so good luck! I have to give a shout out to the homie Jesus Ayala (mayimbe181) for picking these up for me, as they were in-store only, and I can’t forget to thank Sophia from Vans DQM for making sure we were taken care of. Thank you!
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The Vault by Vans x OTH (Off The Hook) x RBW (Raised by Wolves) collaboration drops tomorrow morning, and the homies over at OTH were kind enough to allow us to get our pairs early. This pack is ridiculously awesome. There are so many cool details in each shoe, and everyone likes to talk about material, and that’s where this collection shines. It’s as if there was some sort of disagreement over how they wanted to lay out the materials on each shoe, so they came up with a compromise by inverting the suede and premium leather on the left and right feet. This has only been done by one other Vans collabo, and that’s the Engineered Garments Classic Slip-On LX series. These are by no means a copy-cat, as I feel there is way more going on, construction wise, with a Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip LX and an Old Skool Zip LX. Each shoe looks absolutely perfect in it’s own right, and if these came in either mock-up, I would still buy it in an instance. You might think that an all black colorway is getting quite tiresome, but when you focus on high end materials and minor details like the triangle stitching on the lace eye rows, the red stripe on the MTE outsole, and the dual-branding on the tongue tag and zipper pulls, then you’ve definitely got something that’s not quite so common anymore. Each pair comes with black flat waxed laces, 3M rope laces, and white flat waxed laces. To top off this release, each shoe comes in a heavy duty drawer box with dustbag, and there’s even a cool bottle opener key chain! If you’re on the fence, I hope my realistic iphone pics and angles in natural outdoor lighting will help you decide if you will be copping a pair, but honestly don’t sleep. I don’t think these will be around long.
Keep checking these sites for the release:
Off The Hook (11 AM EST / 8AM PDT)
Raised by Wolves (11 AM EST / 8AM PDT)
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