Sole Classics teased us the other day via Instagram, with their next Vault by Vans collaboration, featuring a water colors portrait of a bear, titled “The Story of Kitchi”. Until today, there hasn’t been a single leaked photo of this release, and perhaps for good reason. The newly retro’d Runner model is a bold direction for Vans, and what better way to kick things off, than with a few collaborative designs. Kitchi is another one of those local folklore stories, of a native boy who used the Ohio river to save himself, and his village. Sole Classics does a great job of representing for their local area, and constantly sharing who they are. Not sure about y’all, but I feel like I get much more than just a shoe whenever I buy one of SC’s collabs. If anyone walks up to you and says “What are those?”, you’ll have the opportunity to sit them down for a few minutes and tell them a nice story. Sole Classics brings the people together!
Here’s what they have to say about their latest shoe:
“The Sole Classics OG Runner collaboration with Vans is a perfect blend between two worlds. The runner is outfitted primarily in a rich leather and neoprene, two materials that are not normally seen together. The goal being to pay homage to the premium qualities that make up Vans’ Vault line, but also be unique enough together to push the brand’s “Off The Wall” heritage. The pair comes with minor details such as 3M sidestripe lining and a set of alternate 3M laces, logo hits on the heel and a gold “X” to commemorate Sole Classics’ 10th year in business. The colorway of the shoe represents a bit of local folklore as it draws inspiration from a native tail of a boy who used the Ohio river to save himself, and his village. All together, with the new silhouette you have the makings of an instant classic”.
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