Japanese boutique DELUXE has partnered with Vans for a unique spin on the classic Vans Slip-On Womens silhouette that pays homage to one of the most legendary symbols in Japanese culture – the dragon. Dressed in a stately black color scheme constructed of premium suede, the left and the right sneaker feature a mirror image of an embroidered dragon whose snake-like body slithers all the way around its lateral side toward the heel – lending to an aesthetic that is clearly derived from Japanese souvenir jackets.
Bold prints and classic colorways are the name of the game for Vault this season, as the Vans Slip-On Mens receives both a leopard print and a classic checkered variation, while the Authentic arrives in both leopard and cow prints. If animal prints aren’t really your thing, the collection has you covered with classic colorways as well: the Epoch Sport, Old Skool, and Slip-On all feature simple, refined colors like black, cumin, and different shades of blue.
Vans — despite leaving these core classics largely untouched for the past few decades — has begun to implement a more eclectic design ideology as marked by its reconstructed Vans Sk8-Hi and Vans Slip-On Cheap US. Keeping the iconic low-top silhouette and suede/canvas tooling of the Vans Old Skool, the California brand brings back the model in white and black with a removable checkerboard jazz stripe which lifts to reveal a red variation of the same print.
Vans throws it back this holiday season with two classic models in a retro feel. The vintage aesthetic is achieved on the Vans Slip-On Sale and Old Skool in two ways: fuzzy brushed suede constructions and retro-inspired color palettes that harken back to the 1960s when Vans was born and became the worldwide leader in skateboard footwear. Each colorway is finished with a Marshmallow (off-white) hue for the iconic vulcanized sole to add to the vintage feel.