UTP Review: Vault by Vans x END Clothing – “Nordic Wool” OG Old Skool LX


It’s been ages since I’ve been able to sit down and write up a personal review on a sneaker release, but you’ve caught me on a good week and I’m in the mood to do one, so here goes!

Today we are reviewing END Clothing’s first official Vault by Vans collab, as far as I know.  I’ve been sharing Vans collabs for many years and I don’t have anything documented, and THE Google doesn’t find anything either!  With that being said, we are seeing the results of a brand that knows things.  END has been a Vault dealer for a long time, and they have to have a pretty good finger on the pulse of what Vans enthusiasts want, as well as what their clientele want.  They’ve managed to create something that’s unique, timeless, and high fashion without adding any gimmicks or trends.  Unique, because of the material and patterns used.  Timeless, because of the simple black and marshmallow colorways chosen, and high fashion because of the premium soft supple leather that was chosen for each shoe.  Not to mention, the packaging.  Each raffle-drawn winner received their pair in a custom velveteen wrapped box, with the custom knitted V print and END Clothing logo front and center.  Another unique aspect of the release.  One of my favorite subtle features, is the white contrasting foxing stripe, set in between the marshmallow sidewall foxing.  There is also minimal END branding on the footbed, just to let you know whose collab this is.  Each pair comes with a set of wide flat nylon laces, as well as a set of nylon paracord laces.  Either one is fine with me.

I’d like to say that this release kind of just showed up out of nowhere.  No big hype behind it, but END released both pairs through their online raffle system, and they sold out!  Congratulations on that one!  These are one of those pairs that you don’t really give it a thought, until you either see some up close detailed shots of the material and true colors, or you see them on somebody’s feet.  Either way, you’ll have to wait to find your pair through the grubby little hands of a reseller now.  I’d like to thank Simon at END, and Nick at Vans UK for the always appreciated support!

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Vault by Vans x END. – “Nordic Wool” OG Old Skool LX (11.24.17) #ENDClothing


Here’s something entirely fresh and new.  END. Clothing has teamed up with Vault by Vans, to bring this cozy Winter-themed OG Old Skool LX to us.  Available in a Black or Marshmallow knit pattern, sitting on top of a turtledove mid-sole, and featuring premium leather panels throughout the shoe.  To get a better idea of the thought and inspiration behind this release, here’s a little excerpt from END.:

“As winter draws closer and we look to rejuvenate, it’s time to master the art of home hibernation. Now the slate-grey skies and notoriously bleak weather has arrived, overindulge in comfort and hunker down using the art of Hygge; a calm togetherness and celebration of life’s simple pleasures. This END. x Vault by Vans OG Old Skool ‘Nordic Wool’ merges sustainability, fashion and the Danish way of living into a shoe that works well on the sidewalk and skateboard.

Evolving the classic with turtle dove woollen uppers and a natural leather sidestripe, marshmallow hues and a gum rubber outsole round off the hyggelig atmosphere, like mallows roasting over a crackling log fire.

Taking Hygge into the great outdoors, embark on long walks with cosy serenity at your feet.”

END. is holding an online raffle system for a chance to purchase either colorway, that runs until 11.24.17 1:00 BST.  All winners are chosen randomly, and will be notified within 3 hrs. of the draw finishing.

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Vault by Vans x Aries – OG Sk8-Hi LX & OG Slip-On LX (Available Now!)

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Words via Hypebeast:

“Vault by Vans linked up with London-based label Aries — the brainchild of Palace-affiliate Fergus Purcell and Sofia Pantera — on a colorful graphic capsule. Taking on the classic Slip-On and Sk8-Hi silhouettes, every sneaker in the pack features a cartoon tiger motif that has previously appeared on patches and tees from the brand.

While the Sk8-Hi silhouette is available in either all black with a yellow side stripe or a monochromatic black and white version, the Slip-Ons are far more colorful. The sneaker comes in either a red upper with black trim or white upper with a red trim — both of which feature a green heel patch. All of the sneakers in the capsule feature the words “ARIES ARISE” around the midsole.”

The sneakers are available now, exclusively from the Aries web store, with the Slip-On’s priced at £100 GBP (approx. $135 USD) and the Sk8-Hi’s priced at £130 GBP (approx. $175 USD).

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Vans Vault x Goodhood – “Equal / Opposite” Collection (4.29.17)

The debut collaboration between Vans and, contemporary lifestyle retailer, Goodhood launches this Saturday.

Bringing to life a theme of Equal | Opposite, the collection is a ‘Vault by Vans’ unisex pack that features the Goodhood monogram and logo in repeat across the uppers and laces of two iconic Vans silhouettes – the Sk8-hi and the Authentic.

Inspired by Newton’s law of physics which states that ‘for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’, with forces on an object being consistently identical, the pack comprises three shoes where both women and men are equally represented. The collaboration features a white and black Sk8-hi that runs in a female size break, with the inverse colours appearing on a second Sk8-hi in men’s sizing. The trio is completed by a white and black authentic available in a full unisex size range.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, The Goodhood Store has been a destination retailer for contemporary apparel and footwear since its inception. With a belief that every product stocked has a story and relevance to their ethos, Director Kyle Stewart commented: “The project afforded us the opportunity to design product with a unique unisex mentality and the finished product represents our brand in it’s truest sense and treats both the men and women customers as complete equals.”

The Vans x Goodhood pack will be available from Goodhood’s East London store and Online from Saturday 29th April 2017



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Vans x Offspring – Old Skool 36 Reissue “Pony Hair” (UTP Review) @OffspringShoes


It’s been too long since I’ve done a review on any sneakers, but this will be the first one for 2017, which also just happens to be Under The Palms’ 10th Anniversary year, so how bout that?

For our first review, we’re going over this fine looking Old Skool 36 Reissue you see right here, a collaborative project with the UK’s Offspring, celebrating their 20th anniversary.  Fresh off the heels of their Clothsurgeon collab, they are back at it with a “Pony Hair” pack which also consisted of a tan colored Slip-On.  The shoe is constructed primarily in black short-grain suede, with pony hair material for the side panels.  What makes these interesting, and something I failed to notice on the original pics, is that the pony hair is checkerboard on the medial side of the shoe, while the lateral side is all black.  Perfect if you want to keep things low-key simple, yet still be about that Vans life.  You know what I’m talking about!  The waffle soles are clear, with artwork that we’ve seen in previous posts of their storefront on Neal St., and there is simple Offspring branding printed on the footbed.  These Old Skools are finished off nicely with tonal marshmallow white vulcanized soles, for a mature and semi-formal look.  All in all, I really am digging these.  I’m a sucker for tonal colored shoes where multiple contrasting materials are used, especially when they’re of higher quality, and that’s exactly what we have here.  Great job Offspring, and thanks to Aman for the assist!

These are still available in a few sizes from Offspring’s webstore.

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Vans x Offspring – Pony Hair Pack (2.3.17)


Words via Offspring:
“Vans has teamed up with UK’s Offspring, to release an exclusive pack of new iterations of the iconic Old Skool & Slip On silhouettes, featuring checkerboard pony hair material.

Rounding off twelve months of celebrations, the vans collaboration pays homage to Offspring’s two decades in business. Inspired by the retailer’s first store, both shoes feature a waffle ice sole that peek through to an illustration of Neal Street, the location of Offspring’s first store.

With heat embossed checkerboard pony hair uppers and premium leather detailing, the shoes are a reflection of the long standing history Vans & Offspring have of bringing special projects to life.”

These are set to release this Friday, Feb. 3rd, exclusively at Offspring.

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Vans x clothsurgeon x Offspring – “Very Fast Times” Old Skool & Sk8-Hi (11.4.16)


info via Hypebeast:

“This Friday sees the launch of a limited-edition collaboration between Vans, London-based streetwear brand clothsurgeon and footwear retailer Offspring, with pared-back versions of two iconic Vans silhouettes hitting the streets. The sleek takes on the Old Skool and Sk8-Hi models feature veg tan hide and suede finishes with zig-zag stitch detailing courtesy of clothsurgeon.

According to clothsurgeon’s Rav Matharu, who first discovered Vans on the feet of Sean Penn’s character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the collaboration merges two worlds. “It’s what I do with my brand, using Saville Row sensibilities in modern streetwear shapes,” he says. “This was a conscious effort to elevate the beauty of a Vans classic shoe through luxury materials and craftsmanship.” But act fast to snap up a pair when they drop exclusively with Offspring at Selfridges, London, in store and online on Friday November 4. Plus, click below for a video teasing the collaboration on the streets of London.”


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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!


Erwin’s Current Vans Room


Erwin is the originator of the Vans sneaker room.  When he first joined our forum and shared photos of what he had safely locked inside of his house, we were stunned.  It’s something that takes a long time to build, and many more have replicated what he has done, and in their own tasteful way, but I just had to pay homage to our friend.  Erwin has been thinning the herd, selling off some less favored pairs, but he plans to keep most of the gems.  As you can tell, he has a thing for the Sk8-Hi.  When we were all buying Chukkas and Half Cabs, Erwin was picking up all of the rarest and coolest Sk8-Hi’s.  What blows my mind is that he managed to do this all while residing in the Netherlands.  That’s some serious dedication!  Thanks for being a part of our core community, and helping educate the new Vans collectors.  Salute!

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Vans – “Year Of The Horse” Sk8-Hi Reissue (2014)


Words via Highsnobiety:

“Vans will be releasing a four-piece capsule collection for the coming Chinese New Year composed of the original Sk8-Hi silhouette with iconic Sidestripe branding. The “Year of the Horse” pack is offered in red, blue and pink colorways, as well as a limited black edition. Further details include faux horse hair, leather heel counter and horseshoe print on the waffle sole. The Vans Sk8-Hi Reissue 2014 “Year of the Horse” pack will be releasing in China on December 20, with the limited black version hitting select accounts on January 1, 2014.”

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