Vault by Vans x Taka Hayashi – Horween Sk8-Mid LX & Old Skool LX (Holiday 2017)


Taka Hayashi’s next collection from Vault by Vans is due out anytime now, and a few shops have already started receiving pairs.  This time around, Taka took on the Old Skool LX and Sk8-Mid LX, doing them up in Horween pebbled leather.  I want to say these are buffalo leathers, since the look and texture of them is similar to the Proper collab.  The Old Skool comes in a simple black colorway with light tan jazz stripes, and the Sk8-Mid comes in a two-tone brown and black, and is constructed in the vintage Made In USA silhouette that the Our Legacys also chose.  Both pairs feature a new “rising sun” Taka Hayashi  tongue label, and the Taka license plate heel tabs that we’re used to.  The pack is really nice, and is available now or very soon at your local Vault dealer.

pics via Strictly Waffles

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Vans x X-Girl x MadeMe – Wally (12.15.17)

Words via Hypebeast:
Vans has come together with womenswear labels MadeMe and X-Girl. Working together on a limited-edition collection of footwear and apparel, the capsule pays homage to Vans’ storied skateboarding heritage and an inspiration that the trio all share. Amongst the selection, which also features a long-sleeve T-shirt with statement dual branding, the notable appearance of the Vans ‘Wally’ silhouette marks the shoe’s first re-issue since its mid-90s release. The collaborative capsule emphasizes the three brands’ female-first ethos, explained succinctly here by MadeMe designer Erin Magee, “I hope to see more women’s ‘street’ brands owned by women be a presence and respected in the scene.”

The exclusive MadeMe x X-Girl x Vans collection drops December 15, available at Opening Ceremony in the U.S., X-Girl and XLARGE stores in Japan, Worksout in Korea, as well as Yoho and in China.

Vans x Opening Ceremony – “Plaid Pack” Lampin (Available Now!)

Opening Ceremony teams up with Vans for an exclusive, limited-edition series called the Plaid Pack. Reminiscent of punk and collegiate style, the collection features Vans’ Lampin, a retro ’90s skate style, printed from the canvas uppers to the rubber outsoles in the collaboration’s green and red plaid motif.

UTP Review: Vault by Vans x END Clothing – “Nordic Wool” OG Old Skool LX


It’s been ages since I’ve been able to sit down and write up a personal review on a sneaker release, but you’ve caught me on a good week and I’m in the mood to do one, so here goes!

Today we are reviewing END Clothing’s first official Vault by Vans collab, as far as I know.  I’ve been sharing Vans collabs for many years and I don’t have anything documented, and THE Google doesn’t find anything either!  With that being said, we are seeing the results of a brand that knows things.  END has been a Vault dealer for a long time, and they have to have a pretty good finger on the pulse of what Vans enthusiasts want, as well as what their clientele want.  They’ve managed to create something that’s unique, timeless, and high fashion without adding any gimmicks or trends.  Unique, because of the material and patterns used.  Timeless, because of the simple black and marshmallow colorways chosen, and high fashion because of the premium soft supple leather that was chosen for each shoe.  Not to mention, the packaging.  Each raffle-drawn winner received their pair in a custom velveteen wrapped box, with the custom knitted V print and END Clothing logo front and center.  Another unique aspect of the release.  One of my favorite subtle features, is the white contrasting foxing stripe, set in between the marshmallow sidewall foxing.  There is also minimal END branding on the footbed, just to let you know whose collab this is.  Each pair comes with a set of wide flat nylon laces, as well as a set of nylon paracord laces.  Either one is fine with me.

I’d like to say that this release kind of just showed up out of nowhere.  No big hype behind it, but END released both pairs through their online raffle system, and they sold out!  Congratulations on that one!  These are one of those pairs that you don’t really give it a thought, until you either see some up close detailed shots of the material and true colors, or you see them on somebody’s feet.  Either way, you’ll have to wait to find your pair through the grubby little hands of a reseller now.  I’d like to thank Simon at END, and Nick at Vans UK for the always appreciated support!

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Vault by Vans x Wood Wood – OG Old Skool LX (11.30.17)


In the final collaborative project as part of their 15 year celebration, Wood Wood has teamed up with Vans to create a twist on the classic Old Skool silhouette. The result is two pairs juxtaposing each other as whites, greys and black mix with the brown tones of natural gum forming two simple but striking colorways.  “A tribute to adolescent behaviour and attitude” says W.W. designer Brian SS Jensen, referencing the scribbles on the sidewalls of the sole units, which adds a bit of youthful verve to the shoes.

The shoes will be sold in limited quantities exclusively at W.W. stores and at from Thursday November 30.

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Vans Japan x Mooneyes – Half Cab & Slip-On (12.3.17 exclusively at The Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show)


Vans Japan and Mooneyes team up once again, to release a really cool pack for this year’s 26th annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show.

The collaboration offers a vintage motorsports inspired mixture of sneakers, apparel and accessories. The most popular item will most likely be the Half Cab, which you may recall seeing our pic of the huge sz66 version that was sitting in SVD’s office when we took a visit to the new Vans HQ.  The colorway is similar to last year’s Sk8-Hi, with the same all-over graphic print.  There is also a Slip-On that features a large blank area on the toe, for you to customize with stickers that are also included with the shoe.  Pretty dope, right?!  There will also be a few apparel pieces at the show.  The Half Cab is priced at ¥10,000 JPY ($90 USD), while the Slip-Ons will retail for ¥8,000 JPY ($72 USD).

If you plan on making the trip to this year’s show, then stop by the Vans booth where icon Steve Van Doren and skating legend Steve Caballero will be present!

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Vans x Patta – Sk8-Hi (12.2.17)


Following up on the previous collaborations, Patta and Vans are proud to present the Patta x Vans Sk8 Hi Collection. While the previous collaborations were mainly focused on the Vans Old Skool silhouette, we now have opted to rework another Vans classic: the Sk8 Hi. The Patta x Vans Sk8 Hi edition will be available in two versions: Langoustine/Black and Hydro/Black. Both colours combine premium ripstop materials on the shoe uppers, a suede toebox, flap and back heel, leather signature “jazz” striping and lining, and feature the Patta Script Logo on the midsole. Every pair is finished off with Team Patta laces, paired with matching “P” lace locks. Every pair also comes with an additional set of thick premium cotton ‘Team Patta’ laces.

The Patta x Vans Sk8 Hi collection is set to release at the Patta Amsterdam and London stores on Saturday, December 2, and will also be offered online from Monday December 4 onwards.

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Vault by Vans x END. – “Nordic Wool” OG Old Skool LX (11.24.17) #ENDClothing


Here’s something entirely fresh and new.  END. Clothing has teamed up with Vault by Vans, to bring this cozy Winter-themed OG Old Skool LX to us.  Available in a Black or Marshmallow knit pattern, sitting on top of a turtledove mid-sole, and featuring premium leather panels throughout the shoe.  To get a better idea of the thought and inspiration behind this release, here’s a little excerpt from END.:

“As winter draws closer and we look to rejuvenate, it’s time to master the art of home hibernation. Now the slate-grey skies and notoriously bleak weather has arrived, overindulge in comfort and hunker down using the art of Hygge; a calm togetherness and celebration of life’s simple pleasures. This END. x Vault by Vans OG Old Skool ‘Nordic Wool’ merges sustainability, fashion and the Danish way of living into a shoe that works well on the sidewalk and skateboard.

Evolving the classic with turtle dove woollen uppers and a natural leather sidestripe, marshmallow hues and a gum rubber outsole round off the hyggelig atmosphere, like mallows roasting over a crackling log fire.

Taking Hygge into the great outdoors, embark on long walks with cosy serenity at your feet.”

END. is holding an online raffle system for a chance to purchase either colorway, that runs until 11.24.17 1:00 BST.  All winners are chosen randomly, and will be notified within 3 hrs. of the draw finishing.

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Vault by Vans x Ace Hotel – Old Skool LX (Available Now for Pre-order)


Vault by Vans has teamed up with Ace Hotel, to bring to you these exclusive Old Skools, featuring black hairy suede, olive drab canvas, with a deleted jazz stripe.  The shoe also features a message on the sidewall that says “The world is as you are”.  Clean, simple, and limited.  There’s also a custom box designed specifically for this release, which always adds a nice finishing touch to a special project or collab.  You can pre-order these now on Ace’s webshop for $95, and they ship Dec. 8th.

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Vans ArcAd x Powell Peralta x Taka Hayashi – Caballero TH Pro, Style 138 TH Pro, & TH Jacket (11.11.17 via @silostore) #silo #silostore


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“Crafted in collaboration with Japanese artist and Vault by Vans designer Taka Hayashi, the Vans Pro Skate ArcAd Powell Peralta x TH collection commemorates a decades-long legacy of innovation in skateboarding, showcasing unforgettable imagery from Powell Peralta’s signature skate deck graphics archive. The capsule breathes life back into memorable illustrations such as the 1985 Future Primitive logo, Bones fonts, and the principal skull and sword graphics for which Powell Peralta is known.

Featuring elevated renditions of the Caballero Pro ArcAd and the Style 138 Pro ArcAd and limited to only 600 pairs worldwide, the capsule pays apropos tribute to the team that forever changed the face of competitive skateboarding in the 80s, the Bones Brigade, celebrating members such as Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Tommy Guerrero and Jesse Martinez.

Known for his sharp attention to detail and premium material executions, Taka Hayashi reimagines his favorite Powell Peralta motifs on the Caballero Pro ArcAd and Style 138 Pro ArcAd. The Style 138 Pro includes a Powell Peralta Experimental tonal screen print on quarter panel, the Future Primitive logo embroidery on heel, and a woven Experimental crest & TH tongue label.

As one his favorite brands since childhood, Hayashi reminisces, “One of the first Powell Peralta boards I purchased was a Skull & Sword Ray “Bones” Rodriguez, created by Vernon Courtlandt Johnson, an artist I looked up to. I must have been ten years old at the time. I went in to Rip City Skate shop and was amazed with all the colors, graphics, and the unique shape of the boards, but that skull & sword really stood out to me.” This collection marks Taka Hayashi’s second Vans Pro Skate project, following the release of his 18th season of Vault by Vans designs this past September.”

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