Taka Hayashi is often the mind behind some of the most stunning Vans Vault silhouettes, and his Horween Oxford Toe Cap LX is no exception. Constructed from black or chocolate leather from Chicago’s famed Horween tannery, Hayashi works his magic by incorporating details like vintage tanned leather laces, bronze eyelets and a contrasting tan embossed leather heel pull to complete the look. All these elements combine for a Oxford Toe-Cap LX that’s progressive while still paying homage to the storied Vans brand.
Japanese label Beams Plus offers a more grown-up take on sandals with this substantial Horween leather offering. Less a head-to-the-beach piece than something for the city, these sandals offer more coverage than most with plenty of fashion-forward appeal. The sandal features premium Horween leather in black or burgundy with a solid crepe sole, and is available for purchase here.
Vans meets up with Skip Horween, president of Horween Leather Company, in the tannery in Chicago where they’ve been for 91 years to learn more about this legendary company’s techniques and its unique collaboration with Vans.
I hope Horween Leather had no plans to take a vacation this year. They are busy little beavers over at the Chicago institution. Seems everyone and their cousins are jockeying to have their wares made from the highly touted, Horween hide.
Gourmet makes the plunge, with this line of casual shoes called the ‘Market Place’ collection. Each style is crafted from Horween leather, making them immensely high quality and ruggedly luxurious.
With one model, even in a ducky style silhouette, we have little doubt these shoes will hold together out in the streets. We aren’t entirely sold on the ‘air’ type, midsole but the simple black chukkas, with the underlacing are a down-right, thing of beauty. Available soon where Gourmet is sold.