Vans Vault x Off The Hook – “Black Crab” Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip LX & Authentic LX (Review with detailed pics!) @OTHBoutique @ChefChuckHughes @Vans

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The fine people over at Montreal’s favorite boutique, Off The Hook, along with Chef Chuck Hughes, have put together one of the most unique, and purposeful Vans releases that we’ve seen in awhile.  While most collaborations typically represent a story or local landmark, these represent an entire industry, or culture if you will, of those who work in kitchens everywhere.  Why did I bring that up?  Well, to make a point that these will surely raise interest worldwide.  Chef Chuck Hughes was looking out for those who are stuck wearing less-than-awesome black on black non-slip shoes, while they cook, clean, and serve us fine folk.  If Vans is taking notes, they could offer up an entire line created especially for these group of individuals.  But I digress, let’s get back to the shoes.  This “Black Crab” collection is beautiful.  Yes, even black on black can be beautiful.  It’s all about the details, and Vans Vault is who you go to when you want the details to stand out.  From the water resistant panels, to the moisture-wicking liners and gusseted tongue, to the cork footbeds, waxed laces, and non-slip waffle soles, you really couldn’t have asked for more.  They even had a custom box made up, featuring a white diagonal stripe on an all orange background, with a chrome crab insignia with black lettering.  Such an awesome job was done on these!  They release tomorrow, so be quick with the keyboard if you plan on getting these.  (Oh, and do yourselves a favor, try and remove the label that is affixed to the cork sole.  These are abnormally hard to take off for some reason, and if you step into your shoe, and press down on that sticker, then you won’t be removing them anytime soon).  So to recap, they covered the 5 things that any great collab should have:  An original idea, some unique materials, branding on the shoe, custom packaging, and a story or inspiration to back it.

A special shoutout goes to Graeme, Denis, and Will from OTH for allowing me to get my pairs early, so that I could put together this review for you all.  I hope it helps you decide if you really want them or not.  I tried to capture as many of the details as I could! -Guamstyles

Release date:

3/22/14

In-store 10 AM EST

Online at 12 noon EST / 9 AM PDT  (Click HERE for link to webstore)

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