Sneak Peek: Vans x Horween Is a Lavish Iteration of Sk8-Hi and Old Skool Sneakers


Vault by Vans x Horween
The Sk8-Hi Cup LX style from the Vault by Vans x Horween collab.

CREDIT: George Chinsee.

Two American icons have come together for a special holiday ’16 collab.

To execute a luxury take on skate classics, Horween Leather Co., the 111-year-old leather company based out of Chicago, reimagined two acclaimed Vans silhouettes.

The Vault by Vans x Horween collection boasts lavish iterations of the Sk8-Hi and Old Skool.

Vault by Vans x Horween
Styles from the holiday ’16 Vault by Vans x Horween collection.

CREDIT: George Chinsee

Vault by Vans x Horween
Styles from the holiday ’16 Vault by Vans x Horween collection.

CREDIT: George Chinsee

According to Pozzebon, the rivalry ultimately forced the prevalence of this Slip-On to subside, which meant Vans could call attention to the other styles. “We’re not just the Slip-On,” he says, “we also have this. ”“This” normally means one of five key classics: the Authentic, Era, Old Skool, Sk8-Hi, and Slip-On. (Pozzebon would like to observe that the Chukka join the fray; Van Doren enjoys the Half Cab.) Depending on which style tribes you’ve kept your eye on for the last few decades, you’ve probably seen that all of them make its way into (and out of) the limelight. There are the post-Tumblr #menswear men adopting the Authentic as a go-to casual sneaker thanks to its lack of whistles and bells. The Instagram-fed cool kids rocking the Sk8-Hi precisely because of the whistles and bells–the padded collar, the jazz stripe, the high-top shape. Or pretty much every man wearing Old Skools recently. “I feel like the Old Skool is probably a brand new shoe for so many people who’ve been a component of Vans,” says Pozzebon. “They have never looked at the one. And here it is, and I’m shocked.” The surprise is understandable. Though it previously put up the “smallest amounts” of the Classics program, the Old Skool has been enjoying a renaissance because last year, when guys like A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean made it an unofficial part of their uniform. Add to that collaborations like the one with legendary SoCal sneaker shop Blends (which brought back the infrequent “bones” side stripe) and the ongoing reworking of this shoe by Supreme (that has been toying with the design as back in ’96), and it is logical that people are rediscovering the silhouette.

“Vans used a long-lasting cup sole construction to match the traits of the leather. That provides a worn-in feel over time and durability in each pair of shoes,” said Nathaniel Iott, Vans’ director of footwear product design.

The six-shoe holiday pack features Horween leather uppers in a range of rich colors, with contrasting white soles. The Sk8-Hi Cup LX comes in black, Timber and Parisian blue; and the Old Skool Cup LX will be offered in navy, Bone #12 and Dark Steel.

The shoes are slated to hit shelves on Dec. 10 and will retail from $150 to $175.

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