Following on from “Skateboard P” in yesterday’s story, we have news from Oki-ni that their latest Vans Footwear shipment has dropped. A few years back Vans in my eyes used to be synonymous with street wear and the skateboarders around the world. They really were the skaters choice (still are I should mention), with big chunky soles with a lot of grip for your kick flips, ollies and all the other moves I have literally no clue about!
However I noticed over the past 5 years or so they started to really infiltrate the footwear scene in the fashion world. They managed to do this with the rise and popularity of the canvas trainer, and producing bold colours, striking designs and overall a REALLY comfortable shoe. The slip on became a major force (trend) in men’s footwear a few years back and Vans were one of the footwear makers who actually got it right. Mixing bold check patterns with an understated and relaxed shoe helped them become a bit of a global phenomenon. It also helped they came in around the £35 mark, which made them a direct competitor of Converse who had seemed to corner most of the canvas market.
This new collection for Autumn/Winter 09 seems to go back to basics. Their is a lot of monochrome colours, which you would expect in Winter lines, and the major types of footwear are all covered: slip on, hi-top and low canvas. They have also injected some colour into proceedings with shades of greens, yellows and red prominent. My favourites are the plain colours, especially the black on black low riders. Great for adding to that relaxed formal look, as they are more “shoe” shaped, giving off a smarter appearance.
So take a look at the new collection below and some of the SALE picks from the spring/summer range which I really like.
All of these shoes come from the Vans Limited Vault Collection which really are the fashion picks from the range. They still make basic skateboarder styles, but these have much more of an “edge” to them in their designs. If you have never had a pair, I can confirm they are definitely one of the most comfortable types of footwear I have ever worn.
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