(Disclaimer: We do not have official word that this is a Vault release, but this is Slam Jam, one of the premiere Vault accounts in Europe, and I couldn’t get a good view of the heel tab in the video, but the heel pad inside the shoe sort of leads me to believe that this is in fact a Vault release. These are wild, and completely awesome. Not for everybody, but definitely for the collector. If only we knew how wide of a release this was going to be, so that way we could try and score pairs from more local Vault accounts since they did say that these will be available at select Vans retailers. Enjoy the video and pics!)
Words via Slam Jam:
“Keeping their ongoing collaborative effort alive, this time Slam Jam met with Vans to lay a hand on their latest 25th-anniversary brainwave.
Drawing inspiration from a bunch of talented artists, whose installations share a common denominator, the project’s focus is on the theme of colors. Acid, shiny, matte, psychedelic: different tones which play a lead character role rather than being just a component of the painting.
Some of Vans’ most iconic styles have been used as an ideal canvas to be matched with such bold colors: the result is a series of neat products which nevertheless express a strong personality. The original Slip-On, Old School and Sk8 Hi have been preserved in their original structure, with the canvas upper resting on top of the popular gum waffle sole, but they have been revitalized with color motifs which create different patterns.
The collaboration’s focus on colors will be further amplified by a dedicated in-store set up designed by Michela Natella (well known for her works for the magazine Toilet Paper), who used an array of different materials, such as sand, wood and Plexiglas.
The Slam Jam X Vans collection, which will be introduced by a film produced by Milan-based video artist Simone Rovellini, will be launched with a special event at Slam Jam Milano on June 11th. On the same date, it will also be available at selected Vans retailers and at slamjamsocialism.com.”