Steven Alan x Vans Vault Style 36 and Sk8 Hi LX OG "Corduroy"

Until recently, not many of us knew Steven Alan was a Vans Vault retailer and now they have their very collaboration with the LX brand. Steven Alan designers teamed up with Vault to produce a Sk8 Hi and Style 36 LX OG with a material we don't see in use too much these days: corduroy. Sidewalls of both models are draped in an ultra-dark blue corduroy while the rest is blocked in black suede. The Sk8 Hi opts for the tonal black midsole while the 36 keeps it white and clean. Dual branding on the sock liners and a custom box finish off the pair.

The Steven Alan x Vans Vault Style 36 and Sk8 Hi LX OG "Corduroy" is available in very limited sizes from now but many of them are already gone. 


WTAPS x Vans Vault Collection

After nearly a year of speculation and leaks of various samples, Vans has released final information and photos for the Fall 2015 WTAPS collection. We were initially going to publish this tomorrow morning, but then we realized that some shops might be releasing at midnight. The full collection will consist of 8 pairs. Three Era OG LX's, two Sk8 Hi OG LX's, and three Style 36 OG LX's. Let's break them down a bit.

The Eras have an all white canvas upper with solid colored mid and outsole. The theme with these models is a nod to Japanese primary school uniforms in which the color of a shoe's soles directly corresponded to the grade of the wearer. You get your choice of red, blue, or green outsoles to pick from. The WTAPS flag tag and dual branded insoles are also nice touches.

We have gone over the Style 36's in some detail previously, and there is not much else to report on these. We have three colorways to choose from: navy, black, and wine. All are done up in premium suede with full grain tumbled leather jazz stripes. All have tonal midsole and outsoles. Military style WTAPS woven labels adorn the tongues. 

The two colorways of Sk8 Hi OG's have also been reported on at some length. From the looks of it, the black pair seems to have some hints of navy in the dye, as can be seen in closeups. The croc print really sets these apart and stand out mostly on the gray colorway. All black midsoles finish these off.

The WTAPS x Vans Vault Collection will release tomorrow, Tuesday,  September 8th at Vault accounts worldwide. Being that this is a Vault release, not all accounts will release on the same day and you would do well to check our Vault Locator tab and ask your local which day they will put their stock on the floor. Also, even though there are 8 pairs in this collection, these are WTAPS so we don't expect them to sit for very long. If you are on the fence, it may behoove you to just purchase them for retail rather than pay resale prices later. 

Photos via Hypebeast.


Vans Vault Sk8 Hi LX OG "Pirate Black"

Some of you may already be aware, but "Pirate Black" is quite the popular colorway for the upcoming season. Even Lord Yeezus can attest that this colorway is something to snatch up. Vans has hopped on the wagon with their newest Vault line which includes this leather and nubuck Sk8 Hi OG LX. The pair boasts premium leather toe caps and heel counter with the buttery nubuck side walls we have come to love from this year's OG packs. The tumbled leather jazz stripe breaks up the tonal blocking while the stripeless foxing and, of course, the red Originals tab rounds out the pair.

The Vans Vault Sk8 Hi LX OG "Pirate Black" is available now from Hot Rod LA


WTAPS x Vans Vault Fall/Winter Collection

Finally, after leaks and rumors, we get a full, clear shot of what WTAPS and Vault have in store for us this holiday season. From the looks of this shot, we have three Era LX's that we have not seen yet, each with white uppers and a colored midsole. Along with the wine colored Style 36 LX, we also have a black and navy pair. Rounding out the footwear, we have the Sk8 Hi LX's we brought you leaked images of previously. Alongside the footwear, there appears to be at least one piece of apparel, a dual branded coach's jacket, but we are hoping to see at least one tee with the same design.

The WTAPS x Vans Vault Fall/Winter Collection is slated to drop this fall at Vault retailers around the world. Keep it plugged in here for full release information as it becomes available. 


Gosha Rubchinskiy x Vans Vault Sk8 Hi OG LX

If you aren't familiar with Russia's designer Gosha Rubchinskiy, you're already behind the power curve. His countless other projects aside, he has made a habit of collaborating with Vans Vault every year like clockwork. What started with a premium leather old skool with gum sole and hints of 3M material, Gosha has now broken the chains and created something with Vault Originals that we haven't seen in a long time, and most have never seen ever.

On this Sk8 Hi OG, he chose premium short haired suede for the upper which is paneled in an entirely tonal fashion. A rubber ollie pad and extended toe cap set this apart from any other OG Sk8 Hi out today and really harkens back to the Style 138 days. Contrast stitching add a nice touch to the uppers while the red and white pairs sit atop a black sole and the black pair, a white. Red Originals heel tab finish off all three.

The Gosha Rubchinskiy x Vans Vault Sk8 Hi OG LX is available now from DSM London and will be trickling out to limited other shops in the coming weeks. They retail for £165.00 or nearly $260.