Vault by Vans kicks off the third installment of OG Classics with the Aloha pack. Utilizing the same design specs as their first size runs, the OG Era LX and OG Sk8-Hi LX bring forth two new colorways that channel the spirit of the ‘80s skate scene. Available in Blue Aloha/Sea Pink and Maroon Aloha/Dusty Jade Green, each original silhouette sports an alternating upper aesthetic; outstep paneling displays Van Doren’s Aloha print while the instep quarter reveals one strong hit of color. Funky checkerboard sidewall graphics from the era finish each pair. The OG Classics Aloha pack arrives this March at the Vans DQM General and key Vault retailers.
Gourmet shoes gives us a look at their expansive offering for Spring/Summer 2013, a decidedly clean selection of sneakers to see you into the warmer months. Fairly heavy on low-top silhouettes, the collection emphasizes a minimalist aesthetic when it comes to silhouettes design, instead using patterns like various camouflages, embossed leathers, patterned cotton and crocodile skin to give the shoes their variety and lasting impression. Check out the full collection in the gallery below and expect these to hit Gourmet retailers worldwide in the coming weeks.
A tribute to iconic Vans co-founder James Van Doren, who passed away in October of 2011, Vans CA’s Van Doren Series focuses on looking into the companies archives for inspiration in silhouettes and prints; for this release, a retro American flag patterned Authentic CA. The first release for 2013, this all over distressed flag print is an instant classic, with a perfect combination of pattern applied to silhouette for a cohesive look. Finished off with an enzyme wash treatment and the original Van Doren heeltab branding, the “Retro Flag” Authentic Ca will hit select Vans California stockists this March.
Like many brands, Jordan has taken to celebrating the Chinese Year Of The Snake with a limited edition offering of their ‘MELO M9′ and ‘Air Jordan 1 High’. Taking inspiration from the snakes ability to sense thermodynamically with their tongues, the sneakers employ a dynamic patent leather upper that emphasizes gradient color-change. The sneakers will be available as a complete set for $280 USD in the coming weeks.
Designer Taka Hayashi has once again partnered with Vans Vault on this slick Revere Hi LX for Spring 2013. The latest offering features a prominent palm leaf graphic in navy set against contrasting natural white canvas upper, beige and brown leather is further utilized for some added contrast and a more high-end feel. Expect to see the latest from Vans at select Vans Vault retailers in the near future.
Rick Williams and Roland “Ro” Coit are the pre-eminent sneaker heads in Detroit and owners of the premier sneaker shop in the area, Burn Rubber. Since they took over the store in 2007, Rick and Ro face challenges every day as they grow Burn Rubber into a worldwide lifestyle brand. In this inaugural episode, Rick and Ro are approached by Detroit Tigers big bat Prince Fielder to find an ultra-rare pair of Jordan E4’s.
Just announced in time for spring marathon season, the lightweight Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ brings a nearly seamless upper of Nike Flyknit material together with the plush, responsive cushion of Lunarlon. Strategically placed durable rubber inserts in the outsole deliver maximum impact protection in key areas on the heel and i, minimizing foot fatigue and potential injuries. Additionally, Nike Flyknit construction also eliminates the need for the multiple materials and reduces waste by an average of 80 percent when compared to the typical method of multiple materials being stitched together. The sneaker will hit select retailers in a series of colors starting in early February.
A collaborative effort from 13th Collective and Will C. Smith brings you a unique take on one of the most iconic sneakers ever produced: The Air Jordan. Inspired from the Jordan Retro Card and utilizing each release’s design, the artists have produced illustrated fonts related to each respective numbered sneaker edition. Check out more versions below.