Vans Vault x NEIGHBORHOOD – BMX Capsule Collection (Spring 2017)

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Vault by Vans has gotten together with NEIGHBORHOOD on this amazing BMX-inspired collaboration.  Featuring one of Vans’ iconic logos, the “Thumbs Up”, this pack pays homage to Vans’ heritage in the action sport of BMX.  The pack comes in two colorways, red and black, straying from NBHD’s usual black and white theme, with the intention of making this project all about Vans, and not them.  They wanted to evoke a nostalgic feeling in the design, so they went with an aesthetic from the formative years at Vans, complete with checkerboards on the vulcanized scene or “side-wall”, as well as on the toe of two of the Authentics.  NBHD didn’t stop there.  There is a complete apparel line that is releasing alongside the shoes, including some long-sleeve tees, button-ups, shorts, and a bucket hat.  This whole pack is dope, and unfortunately it’s going to be an Asia-exclusive.

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Hypebeast sat down with NEIGHBORHOOD’s Creative Director Shinsuke Takizawa, to learn more about the design elements that went into the collab, and uncover the origin of the BMX inspiration.  Read the article HERE.

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Vault by Vans x Schoeller – Authentic ’66 Lite LX & Mid Skool Lite LX (3.25.17)

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This spring, Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, partners with Schoeller, the leader in innovative and high-tech performance textiles, to create a seven-piece footwear collection featuring Schoeller’s highly functional fabrications on Vans’ classic silhouettes.

The Swiss textile company is committed to developing materials that utilize the latest ecologically-based techniques, blended with fresh design. Schoeller’s elastic wind and water repellent soft shell fabric utilizes distinct bonded layers that ensure maximum functionality and all-day comfort.

For the collection, Vault by Vans x Schoeller utilizes fabrications equipped for wet elements across Vans’ classic silhouettes including the Mid Skool Lite LX and the Authentic ’66 Lite LX in shades blue, green, pink and off white. Vans incorporates its Classic Lites construction that features UltraCush™ Lite technology and an ActionFit™ last shape to re-engineer the iconic footwear styles with increased comfort, improved fit and an overall weight reduction. Emblematic of Vans legacy while signifying its progressive design ethos, the Authentic Lite and Mid Skool Lite are modified versions of their original vulcanized forms, presenting a diverse assortment of lightweight and comfort-driven Vans Classics.

The Vault by Vans x Schoeller collection retails from $80 to $105 USD and launches globally on March 25, 2017 at select Vault accounts. Learn more about this special project at www.vans.com/vault.

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Vans Vault x OTH – “Deli Edition” Mid Skool ’77 LX (UTP Review!)

 

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It’s been a little while since we’ve seen a collab from Canada’s OFFTHEHOOK in Montreal, Quebec, but their latest offering has got them positioned right back at the front of the pack.  At first, we have to admit we weren’t too sure of what to expect from a shoe who’s inspiration came from a deli sandwich, but it’s all about the execution and final product, right?  OTH has a very high batting average when it comes to their Vault collabs, and this Mid Skool ’77 LX is another home run hit.  Who doesn’t love a burgundy premium leather shoe?  Well, add to that, a distresses leather that slightly resembles the smoked beef of said deli sandwich, and some contrasting yellow laces representing the mustard, and now you have a design that is instantly recognizable.  The extra “relish” mint green waxed laces, and “mayo” off white waxed laces that come in sauce cups are another nice touch, and I laced up one shoe in the white lace, so you could see what that looks like.  I prefer the yellow, otherwise the shoe would look similar to something that you may see in a standard Vault line, or DX line.  That same yellow color is spread across the bottom waffle soles as well.  Footbeds feature a pickle, which is fun, and the lining is a light brown premium leather as well.  The promotion on this release is super well thought out, and for the release party, each pair was delivered in a brown paper bag, each shoe being wrapped in red/white checkered paper, and a custom Vans order receipt was stapled to the bag, complete with some juice stains!  I received my pair in the same style, and I love it.  Thanks for going above and beyond and letting me experience that, from across North America!  We also received a special pair of 40s & Shorties pickle socks, which was another awesome touch!  I want to congratulate OTH on another great release, especially Graeme who contacted me a little while ago to let me know that something was releasing soon, that he personally had a hand in designing, before he left OTH.  Great job man!  I hope my review helps you decide if you need to cop these, because they’re surely worth it.  Thanks again to OTH for the early hook-up, and may these sell out just as fast as your other releases!

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Vans Vault x OTH – Deli Edition Mid Skool ’77 LX (3.18.17)

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Words via OTH:

“Off The Hook and Vans are proud to announce the upcoming release of the DELI
EDITION MID SKOOL ‘77 LX . Not only is this shoe inspired by a truly iconic aspect of Montreal, it speaks to
the multicultural and diverse nature of the city that we call home.

Smoked Meat in Montreal

When tourists come to Montreal they’ll seek out a Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich, and with good reason. The
Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich was brought to North America by the Jewish immigrant community in the
early 1900s. It soon spread out from Montreal and made its way south of the border, gaining notoriety along the
way, but has remained emblematic of the city’s cuisine and diverse makeup. The fact that the iconic dish has
become intertwined with Montreal’s identity, after being brought here by immigrants, speaks to the city’s
multiculturalism and its history as a place where immigrants from around the world have come to settle.

The Deli Edition

The Vault by Vans x OTH Deli Edition Mid Skool ‘77 LX was dreamt up as an homage to the Montreal smoked
meat sandwich (which we’re going to go ahead and call the best sandwich of all time). The shoe features a lightly
distressed, rich burgundy leather upper; a premium leather heel counter and toe box in a lighter shade of
burgundy; and, of course, the classic Mid Skool ‘77 back window that showcases Vans branding. The distressed
leather, and different shades of burgundy, harken back to the heart of a smoked meat sandwich – and the classic
“lean, medium, or medium fat” conundrum – with a rye bread-inspired brown leather jazz stripe and gum tab at
the back of the outsole delicately holding everything together.

We’d have been remiss to offer up a Deli Edition without mustard, so each shoe comes outfitted with Vans’ iconic
waffle sole in a deep mustard yellow. Each pair comes with three sets of laces: a mustard yellow, a mayonnaise
white, and a coleslaw green. Finally, the shoes feature limited edition pickle footbeds with Vans OTH branding.

The Vault by Vans x OTH Deli Edition Mid Skool ‘77 LX will be available on Saturday, March 18th at the Vans
OTH store at 11AM, and online as of 12PM.

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Vault by Vans x Blends – OG Style 36 LX “Bones” (3.11.17) @blends_official #blendsvans

We have been receiving teasers for a few weeks, but official info has just released from Blends, regarding their next Vault by Vans collab, once again bringing us their iconic “Bones” jazz stripe, this time on an OG Style 36 LX.  A few sneaker blogs who don’t really know their Vans have been calling these Old Skools, but we forgive them, for they do not know!  The Style 36 is essentially the father of the Old Skool, before it underwent a change to the toe cap, lace eye row gap, and tongue length.  Those are the noticeable features, at least.  These are constructed in premium cowhide.  Black for the uppers, and white on the jazz stripe.  The shoe harkens back to their first and second designs, and we’re definitely not mad at that.  These will be releasing this Saturday at all Blends locations, as well as their online store.  Be quick, as these sell out almost instantly.  Here’s what Blends has to say about these:

“Southern California based boutique Blends partners up with Vans’ premium label Vault by Vans for the seventh installment of the Blends x Vans Vault Bone Jazz-Stripe series. This time Blends takes to the Style 36 silhouette, the original Old Skool design. The model comes dressed in premium cowhide uppers accented by a White Bone Jazz-Stripe which sits atop the original Old Skool “Style 36” midsole mold. As before, collaborative branding can be found placed on the shoe’s footbed cushioning. To off-set the close similarity to their second collaboration with Vault, the Old Skool Zip, Blends opts for tonal foxing and White text on the shoe’s heel tab device as well as the “no zip” design. The Blends x Vans Vault OG Style 36 LX will be available this Saturday, March 11th, via Blendsus.com at 11AM PST and all Blends locations.”

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MassesMY Reviews the Vault x Our Legacy Old Skool Pro ’92 LX (Video) @massesmy #massesmy

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!

Vans Vault x Opening Ceremony – OG Old Skool LX “Glitter Pack” (Available Now!)

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Words via Highsnobiety:
“If you’ve been paying attention to Opening Ceremony, you might already know that they’ve been working with Vans to produce monthly drops. The latest edition of the collaborative effort is the new “Glitter Pack,” a shiny set of classic sneakers which have justified the collection’s namesake in every way.

For this drop, the Vans OG Old Skool LX is re-designed with all-over glitter; marking this as the first time Vans has done an all-glitter shoe (including the sole, laces and stripe). Colors include a set of anthracite/black, blue/red and bright blush/true white editions.

The “Glitter Pack” is now available at Opening Ceremony’s official site for a retail price of $110 each.”

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Vans Vault x Union – OG Old Skool LX (3.18.17)

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Words via Union:

“Union Los Angeles is proud to announce the launch date for our first collaboration with our Cali neighbors, Vans.
On March 18th, we will release three colors of the Union x Vans ‘Old Skool’ collaboration; A Dusty Pink, A Muted Gold and an Off White.
The shoe’s design is simple, but the devil is in the details.  For the main body of the shoe we used a “lux” twill weave matched with a smooth, buttery suede and the Vans “stripe” is made of a smooth “lux” pebble grain leather.  Each shoe is tonal, head to toe with the exception of the inner shoe, we used a natural veg-tan leather on. As for the sole unit, we popped with a marine blue boat-shoe sole, just for shits and giggles.

We will be launching some accompanying apparel with the capsule so stay tuned for more images and further editorials leading up to the release.”

Judging by the pics, these look to be a Vault OG release.  The footbed says ORIGINALS on it.  Not sure how or why Union would fail to mention it.  I guess these are just another pair of Vans “lows” huh?  One other feature that even Union failed to mention, which stands out the most to me, is the two oversized “donut” lace eyelets.  Something you don’t see every day.

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Vans Vault x Our Legacy – Collection (2.25.17)

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Vault by Vans teams up with Our Legacy out of Sweden, to bring this overwhelmingly robust collection, full of very high quality pieces.  If you’re like me, and have never heard of Our Legacy, then Vans has been kind enough to interview co-owner Jockum Hallin about his brand and his style influence.  After reading the short article, I really respect his approach to what he produces.  With a focus on fabric, color choices, and dyeing techniques, and not over designing things, they’re able to let the fabrics and silhouettes do the talking.  That’s exactly what you are getting with this pack.  Vans approached them to do a small project, but they came back with a much larger idea, and after a little bit of compromise, they ended up with a mere 10 shoes, a bunch of tees, a hoodie, and a coaches jacket.  Needless to say, this is a big one.

Our Legacy holds themselves to a high standard, and it shows in the attention to details of this collection.  They chose their favorite models, the Authentic Pro LX, Old Skool Pro 92 LX, Half Cab Pro 92 LX, and a Sk8-Mid Pro 91 LX.  It’s worth noting that we haven’t seen a Pro LX model yet, so this is a cool first.  Each pair consists of a high quality army nylon, hairy suede, or a mixture of both.  The Half Cab appears to be the band leader with it’s bright orange hairy suede, but the low-key winner is the Sk8-Mid with it’s single-stitch collar, for that true vintage vibe.  That’s the one.

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Vans Vault x Opening Ceremony – Passion Pack (Feb. 2017)

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Opening Ceremony has just came out with their latest round of tonal Vans Vault leather shoes, which are sort of becoming their staple.  This time around we get two OG Sk8-Hi LX’s, three OG Old Skool LX’s, and a new OG Style 23 LX aka Prison Issue.  We see some new colorways for this pack, all bright and vivid colors, like Jester Red, Sulphur, Orchid Bouquet, and White.  One color throughout.  From the laces, to the waffle sole.  That might be for you, or it might not, but one thing’s for sure, these do look beautiful!  Cop a pair now from Opening Ceremony’s webstore, ranging in price from $110-$120.

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