Deluxe and Vans Japan have come together once again to collaborate on a small line of apparel, accessories, and an Authentic in two flavors -- black and blue. Starting with the V44 Authentic silo that's common across most of the Beams collaboration models, Deluxe adds hits of checkerboard on the tongue, heel strip, and on the heel pad of the cushioned insole along with a vamp construction that makes this slip-on ready with or without laces -- a design element similar to Sasquatchfabrix collaboration from last year.
Channeling Vans' early days, Deluxe has also opted for a graphic print on the sidewall of the shoe near the heel -- bringing back the Vans "Custom Scene" graphic with a twist. In case you didn't know about Vans' previous custom offerings, folks were previously able to get their shoes customized with a rubber sidewall print consisting of tons of different designs.
Digging through old mail-order catalogs, you will find Vans "Custom Scenes" ads with the original Frenchman in all of his original turtleneck glory with each print numbered on the clapboard as a different scene. Deluxe updates the original custom scene graphic by adding "Deluxe" added at the bottom of the clapboard.
Deluxe keeps the design understated with plenty of details behind the scenes, with a graphic print on the bottom of an iced out midsole. For those who want to rock their Authentics sans laces, a vamp construction gives you the option to wear it like a slip-on.
The apparel line keeps it simple and nostalgic with a throwback "Off The Wall" print on the front and back of a tee and snapback in both blue and black colorways.