Its Vans’ 50th anniversary this year, and they’re certainly celebrating in style. Throughout the year, Vans is releasing a selection of their most renowned models in both OG and brand new colourways. First up we had the Era, Authentic, Mid-Skool and Slip-On, which you can check out on the Attitude Inc webstore simply by searching “Vans”, and all of the colourways were very strong with the Checkerboard making a welcome return on the Slip-On. You’d be forgiven for thinking this next delivery couldn’t match up to the first, I thought the same, but my word was I wrong!
This time around, we see three Sk8-Hi’s in a variety of colours and an incredibly eye-catcing Era Pro in that American stars and stripes colourway. All of the shoes in the pack feature Vans’ latest technology that’s optimised for skating, including Duracap soles for reinforcement in the typical abrasion areas, and UltraCush insoles for added comfort and protection against impact landings.
First up is the Sk8-Hi in a Grey/Navy Checkerboard colourway. A tried and tested colourway from Vans, this is the most retro-feeling skate shoe in the pack, a throwback to the real heydays of skating when checkered patterns were everywhere to be seen. The checkered pattern even runs on to the midsole, to create a more eye-catching shoe overall that draws attention for all the right reasons. The white stripe, laces and midsole break up the shoe nicely to create a colourway that is perfect for the bright summer months ahead.
Second in the pack is this more toned down Sk8-Hi. This is a nice alternative to the previous checkered Sk8-Hi, because it features similar colours but without the bold checkerboard pattern. The pastel blue on the mid-panel of the shoe contrasts beautifully against the deeper navy around the rest of the shoe, and again a white stripe, laces and midsole serve to provide that added pop to the sneaker to create a clean colourway overall.
The final Sk8-Hi in this second delivery, and my personal favourite, is this Black/Off-White colourway. Offering a much more neutral alternative to the other two Sk8-Hi’s, this monochromatic colourway makes for the ideal shoe to throw on with almost any outfit. The off-white running around the heel and mid panels of the shoe adds the necessary amount of colour, without making the shoe too visually over-bearing. A clean, minimalistic colourway overall, you can be sure I’ll be copping these!
The final shoe in this pack is the Era Pro, which makes a welcome return after the incredibly clean Navy/Red colourway we saw in the first delivery. Vans has never been afraid to produce some out of this world patterns for their shoes, and where better to gain inspiration than from the famous flag symbolising the country Vans was born and raised in? This star-spangled Era Pro ticks all the right boxes, with a bold blue and white checkerboard pattern compromising the mid panel of the shoe, and a red and white stripe pattern covering the heel and toebox. Are you brave enough to try pull these off?
This whole delivery is now available on the Attitude Inc website and also in store, as is some of the first delivery. Be sure to act quickly if you’re looking to cop a pair, because who wants to miss out on the birthday celebrations?!