OFF THE HOOK and Vans Canada have come together to bring to us another sneaker collaboration under our favorite line, Vault By Vans. They chose the Slip-On LX this time around, and the style is casual yet mature. It’s not until you get up close, that you notice the embossed letters on top of each suede upper, and the real eye-catcher is the blue and white striped elastic, which lets you know that these are the OTH “AΩ’s”.
Some words via OTH:
“The letters AΩ have great significance in Greek culture, and symbolize that every story has a beginning and an end. With OFF THE HOOK celebrating its 15 year anniversary, the AΩ Project serves as a way to examine the shop’s roots and its history over the last decade and a half. Thus, the AΩ Slip-On LX touches on both the Greek roots of OFF THE HOOK’s founders, and its history within Montreal’s streetwear scene. The letter A is lightly embossed on the top of the right shoe, while the left shoe carries an embossed Ω. Further tying together the joint heritage in Greece and Quebec is the colour-scheme, which features grey suede and blue stripes, with grey symbolizing a solid foundation as it’s a classic colour that can be worn season after season and blue stripes representing both Greece and Quebec”.
release info and pics after the jump
In keeping with the goal of uniting their Greek and Quebecois roots, Vans OTH called upon photographer Vassilis Karidis, of Dapper Dan, to shoot a lookbook that embodies the spirit of today’s youth in Athens. The flag pictured was created specifically for the AΩ Project and merges the Greek flag with the Quebec flag to create something that truly represents OFF THE HOOK’s heritage. The shoot was styled by Nicholas Georgiou, also of Dapper Dan. As part of the AΩ Project, Vans OTH teamed up with Quebec designer Isaac Larose, of Larose Paris, to bring a new and unique vision to a classic silhouette.
The AΩ Slip-On LX ($90 +tax) will be available in limited quantity on Thursday, September 3rd at 10AM in store and 12PM on the online store shop.offthehook.ca with shipping offered worldwide.