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.
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.
“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.”
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 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!
Check out a few prior pics of what the room looked like after the jump
“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.”
Disclaimer: These are already long gone, SOLD OUT. Just wanted to share these awesome Vans with you all!
UK clothing store OFFICE, teamed up with Vans on this ridiculously cool Vans Authentic, featuring an all-over photo print of some french fries. Looking at these things makes my mouth water! I wish they were still available, but they’re long gone now. Oh well!