Since the Company’s launch in 1966, the Van Doren brothers set out to produce a solid shoe made entirely in-house — a process that was largely unheard of at the time. With models being introduced year after year, the Anaheim-rooted brand has stumbled on instant staples like the Authentic, Era, and many others. Vans — despite leaving these core classics largely untouched for the past few decades — has begun to implement a more eclectic design ideology as marked by its reconstructed Vans Sk8-Hi and Vans Slip-Ons. Keeping the iconic low-top silhouette and suede/canvas tooling of the Vans Old Skool, the California brand brings back the model in white and black with a removable checkerboard jazz stripe which lifts to reveal a red variation of the same print.
With Vans’ roots in youth culture, it’s only fitting they further indulge their rebellious side, painting the most enduring of their icons in a skin of the most hardcore of heavy metal. Effectively acting as tour merch encapsulated, each pair sports the same edgy motifs in vastly different ways. The Old Skool is largely the most simple as it its overlays and toe box stay a flat black with no embellishments; the loud prints, which take the form of angered skeletons and scattered ribcages, display along the profile window crossed over by a flat white Jazz stripe. Both the Era and Slip-On opt for all-over executions with both mixing in patterns of all-over logos and ornate visuals next to swatches of the aforementioned horror mosaic.