Vans Japan x FDMTL – Sk8-Hi & Slip-On (Japan Exclusive!)

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Words via Strictly Waffles:

“Japanese denim supplier FDMTL is well known for making arguably the best denim in the world. Their denim has draped Vans silos before in indigo, but for their latest collaboration, FDMTL has chosen a much darker option.  Both the Slip On JP and Sk8 Hi JP will both feature very deep navy premium denim uppers with contrasting bright white stitching. Each have a patchwork style motif that covers the vamp of the Slip On and quarters of the Sk8 Hi. The Sk8 Hi’s vamp and heel counter are both done up in premium navy suede. Both will come complete with FDMTL branded insoles and arrive packaged in custom, dual branded boxes.”
The Vans Japan x FDMTL Slip On JP and Sk8 Hi JP will be available this Saturday, January 28th from FDMTL and California Dept. in Japan. Retail is ¥15,000 and ¥16,000 respectively.

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Vans Vault – “Sting Ray” OG Authentic LX (Available @blendscm)

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Words via Blends:

“Vault by Vans taps into a more exotic approach with this special two-piece collection dubbed the “Sting Ray” collection. Dressed in genuine Sting Ray leather uppers, a leather that is well known for its luxurious pebbled texture that glistens beautifully. The upper material is also extremely durable and often used for accessories such as wallets, belts, and bags. The uppers sit atop an clean Off-White sole unit that hold a red Vans Originals heel tab along with tonal leather branding tabs on the upper and waxed laces to boot.”

These are limited to 250 pairs world-wide per colorway, and as for Blends’ allocation, only the Costa Mesa location will be selling them.  Call them for more details.  Info can be found on their Instagram acct. @blendscm

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Vans Announces the Opening of House of Vans Chicago with Performances by Future Islands, Digable Planets and Noname (2.3.17)

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Words via Vans:

“Vans, the original action sports brand rooted in art, music and street culture, is pleased to announce House of Vans Chicago will open its doors on February 3, 2017. The opening event will be marked with special live performances from Future Islands, Digable Planets and Chicago-based breakout artist, Noname.

The two-day celebration kicks off with music and will include a photography retrospective highlighting photos shot at House of Vans by emerging photographers Jonathan Mehring, Bryan Derballa, Ashley Osborn, Ryan Kobane and Laura June Kirsch. On February 4, House of Vans Chicago will host two artist-led workshops, which include “Copy Jam” mixed media workshop with Chad Kouri and “Caught in Motion” Skate Photography workshop with Atiba Jefferson. In the evening, House of Vans Chicago will welcome the community with an Open House where guests can skate the newly built skatepark and check out design elements that have been incorporated with Chicago in mind. As the only existing indoor skatepark in the Chicago metropolitan area, local skaters will experience a custom-built course, featuring the reimagination of iconic West Coast skate spots, Lockwood and China Banks, plus additional obstacles for every skill level. The backdrop to the Lockwood-inspired obstacle features an ivy-covered wall that pays homage to Wrigley Field, using ‘66, Vans’ founding year as the outfield distance marker. Additionally, guests can enjoy a beautifully repurposed Goose Island brewpub bar that was originally located steps away from Wrigley Field. Located at 113 N Elizabeth St., House of Vans Chicago will always be free and open to the public.

 “Chicago has a rich and eclectic history across action sports, art, music and street culture akin to Vans’ own roots and ‘Off The Wall’ ethos,” said Doug Palladini, Vans’ Global Brand President. “It’s an honor to bring House of Vans to life here in Chicago so we can grow our Vans family and give back to the creative communities that make this city so vibrant.”

 House of Vans Chicago – Schedule

·       January 24: RSVP Open Now http://www.houseofvans.com/

·       February 3:  6:30pm Grand Opening: Performances by Future Islands, Digable Planets and NONAME, Photography Retrospective

·       February 4: 12:00pm – 2:00pm “Caught in Motion” Workshop with Atiba Jefferson

3:00pm – 5:00pm “Copy Jam” Workshop with Chad Kouri

6:00 pm – 10:00pm Community Open House

As the cultural hub of the Vans brand, this opening marks the third permanent location – the original in New York’s Greenpoint neighborhood and the second nestled within the Old Vic Tunnels beneath London’s Waterloo Station. Functioning as an art gallery, music venue, skatepark, indie film premiere house, artist-led workshop and more, the House of Vans is where “Off The Wall” lives and serves as a direct connection to the Vans brand worldwide.”

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Vans Japan x Universal Products – Authentic “Pony Hair” (Japan Exclusive)

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Words via Hypebeast:

“Japanese outfit UNIVERSAL PRODUCTS is the latest to team up with Vans on a pair of collaborative footwear, joining the California-based icon for a special rendition of the tried-and-true Authentic. Built on the premise of “extraordinary in everyday,” the co-branded design takes the humble silhouette and dresses it in white, allowing the materials to do the talking by combining a premium harako leather base with faux pony hair throughout.

Accompanied by a tote and custom packaging, the UNIVERSAL PRODUCTS x Vans Authentic is available online now for ¥20,000 JPY (approximately $177 USD) while supplies last.”

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

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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 – Whispering Leather Pack (Womens Exclusive)

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Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, brings a subtle update to its pastel-hued sneaker offering this spring with premium leather silhouettes made exclusively for women. Drawing off the success of the whispering pink pack from the Fall 2016 collection, Vans bring forth two new colorways in wind chime and zephyr blue.

To kick off the new collection, Vans presents a four-piece assortment of pale blue-green footwear styles featuring Vans’ classic icons including the Sk8-Hi Slim Zip and Old Skool Zip. The zipper allows for easy-on functionality and provides a fashionable update to two heritage silhouettes. Joining the zephyr blue assortment are the Authentic Decon and Classic Slip-On styles, and to round out the pastel roundup are the lilac Sk8-Hi Slim Zip and Old Skool Zip in premium leather executions.

The updated whispering leather pack retail for $60 – $85 USD and will be available for women to shop in Vans retail locations and online at Vans.com this January.

Vault x DSM x Braindead – Sk8-Hi Reissue LX (1.14.17)

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Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get back into the swing of things, and Vault is kicking things off in a big way, with Dover Street Market and this past year’s most popular brand Brain Dead.  They’ve created 3 tonal colored Sk8-Hi’s, covered in a checkered high-density print, featuring a Brain Dead label on the side of the shoe, and a unique foxing with a molded graphic that says “stamp out reality”, which is their way of saying “change the status quo”.  Interesting.  The pair is going to be available in black, white, and forest green, and will release exclusively through DSM.  Don’t sleep if you plan on getting these.  I can’t see them sitting for very long.

pics and info via Hypebeast

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Vans – Premium Huarache Woven Pack (Jan. 2017)

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Vans kicks off the new year by remastering four of its Classic footwear icons to feature supple leather textiles that incorporate design cues from traditional woven silhouettes. The Authentic, Classic Slip-On, Old Skool and Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip receive premium upgrades, available now in black and delicate pink for men and women.

Vans’ original deck shoe, the Authentic is transformed with upgraded tooling across the toe box along with the Classic Slip-On to create enhanced texture with a woven diamond effect. Vans’ very own Sidestripe is reimagined with intricate woven details atop the Old Skool and Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip. Each silhouette is finished with a marshmallow sole, waxed laces and Vans’ UltraCush footbed for ultimate comfort.

The Weave Pack for men and women will retail for $95 – $110 USD and be available to shop in Vans retail stores and online at Vans.com beginning this January.

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Vans x Sick Of It All! – Sk8-Hi (1.3.17)

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By the time you read this, these will have already sold out.  Vans has teamed up with hardcore band Sick Of It All!, to pay tribute to their 30 years of existence.  The band was formed in 1986, so SOIA decided to create a very limited run of only 86 pairs of the Sk8-Hi that you see here.  Featuring an all-over print of their logo, and custom embroidered band name on the heel panel.  The site link is still up, so perhaps a restock might be in the works, but they will go fast again if they reappear.  Good luck, and enjoy more pics after the jump.

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Vans x Size? – Old Skool “Wool Pack” (Available Now!)

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UK’s Size? has created these warm Old Skools in 3 tonal wool models, inspired by the concept of bespoke tailoring and made-to-measure wool overcoats.  Each pair sits atop a black vulcanized sole, with grey, red, or black wool throughout the entire upper.  Tonal lace eyelets and flat laces are the only other noticeable features of the pack, but it’s the overall simple and mature aesthetic that makes these unique.  Fashion forward enough to wear up or down, you may want to add these to your current Winter rotation.  Now available on Size?’s webstore.

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