There are few collaborative partnerships in the sneaker industry with roots deeper than the pairing of Vans and Taka Hayashi. One an artist who works in mediums from clothing to art, the other a legendary California skate brand that seemingly holds a place in every subculture imaginable, the two have joined forces a whopping 18 times over the course of their partnership. Now the familiar friends are back at it again, releasing new takes on a two-pack of classics: the Vans SK8-Hi and Vans Slip-On. For the main design touch on both shoes Hayashi has taken the classic checkerboard print, enlarged it to make each individual square stand out more, and then offered texture via a woven upper, swapping out the normal printed design for a look that boasts both intricate detailing and a premium feel. Black accents round off both uppers, and each midsole/outsole is dressed in an opaque grey with special detailing towards the heel. Enjoy a look at both pairs below, and head over to Vans retailers listed below if you’re looking to add one — or both — to your collection.
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