Sk8 Hi LX


BLENDS x Vans Vault Sk8 Hi Zip LX "Peacoat" - Exclusive Photos

After some teasing last month and lots of rumors, Southern California's BLENDS has released the official images and information on the 4th installment of the bones striped Sk8 Hi Zip LX. This time, the design team at BLENDS chose a tonal peacoat blue upper and black bone jazz stripe to sit on top of black striped white foxing. This color blue is very dark and you can only really see the blue hues on the raw edges of the leather and in natural light.

The leather chosen is the same type of motorcycle jacket leather used on the black/white Sk8 Hi and Old Skool Zip LX from previous releases. A black outsole, black heel tab, formal flat black waxed laces and dual branded leather sock liners finish off the pair.

The BLENDS x Vans Vault Sk8 Hi Zip LX "Peacoat" will be available in very limited numbers on Saturday, May 7th at BLENDS locations as well as online.


Vans Vault Lite LX Collection

Last year, Vans introduced the Lite technology to Classic silhouettes and also brought the materials to an Authentic with the help of KICKS/HI in their Mynah Bird collaboration. Now, the brains behind the Lite moniker are bringing the materials to the Vault line in the way of three new models: the Authentic, Old Skool, and Sk8 Hi LX Lite. 

Vans pairs their proprietary CMEVA-bases Ultracush Lite cushioning system for footbed and outsole with premium leather uppers to recreate the normal look of a Vault but with a far more comfortable and lighter feel.

With this first drop, we get two colorways each of the Old Skool LX Lite and Sk8 Hi LX Lite: white/black and gray/white. For the three pairs of Authentic LX Lites, the brand decided to go the monotone route and give us all black, gray, and white pairs with matching mids. Leather tongue tags, sockliners, and Vans flag tags finish off each pair. 

The Vans Vault Lite LX Collection releases today online and in store at BLENDS. Check your local Vault stockists for availability. 


Engineered Garments x Vans Vault OG Slip On and OG Sk8 Hi LX

Engineered Garments and Vans Vault join forces for the third time in what has become an annual tradition. We have seen the OG Authentics and OG Slip On LX before, but this time they are introducing a new model to their line up: the OG Sk8 Hi LX.

This collab is well-known for its use of tonal suede and smooth leather that gives each pair a striking look. The OG Slip On LX will be available in  navy, black, true white, and moon rock while the OG Sk8 Hi LX will only come in black, true white, and moon rock. 

The Engineered Garments x Vans Vault OG Slip On and OG Sk8 Hi LX will be available exclusively at Nepenthes in New York City on Friday, March, 18th. Beginning on the 21st, they will be accepting phone and email orders on remaining stock. These will not be available for international purchase. 


DQM x Vans Vault Style 36 LX and Sk8 Hi LX "The Halves"

New for spring, DQM partners with Vans Vault for a new collection of tonal black and white Sk8 Hi and Style 36 LX. 

via DQM:

DQM will be releasing its Spring 16 footwear collection in collaboration with Vans this Friday, February 26th. The collection inlcudes an OG SK8-Hi LX and an OG Style 36 LX, both produced in all black and all white premium leather color ways. Made exclusively for DQM, the shoes are inspired by a study in minimalism, and in contrasts and transitions: two parts of one, light and dark, black and white, and the gray areas.

The shoes combine a feeling of minimalism, with refined, pared-back styling and a completely monotone palette, with a feeling of luxury, fabricated in soft, super premium full-grain leather and featuring quilted leather tongues and gold foil printing on cork insoles. They have a deconstructed look with minimal branding, simple punched eyelets and high-density printed side-stripes. The shoes feature ‘The General: DQM for Vans’ branding on the insoles and ‘DQM’ logos at the heel tabs.

Produced in a limited edition, “The Halves” collection will be available in men’s and women’s sizes exclusively at The Vans DQM General in SoHo, New York on Friday, February 26th.


RAISED BY WOLVES x Off The Hook x Vans Vault Sk8 Hi Zip LX and Old Skool Zip LX

After much teasing and rumors, we finally have full release details and images of the highly anticipated collaboration between Canada's Raised By Wolves, Off The Hook, and Vans Vault. 

via Off The Hook:

We are proud to introduce the latest chapter in OFF THE HOOK’s ongoing Vans OTH project, and a collaborative endeavour with Canadian brand Raised by Wolves. The Vans x OTH x RBW Pack has been conceived around Montreal’s precocious weather and the concept of intertwining different relationships and materials into a single project.

The Vans x OTH x RBW Pack represents two of the most important relationships in Canadian streetwear coming together under a single project. The Vans OTH project has provided the most important selection of Vans in Canada, as well as a number of notable collaborations, while OFF THE HOOK and Raised by Wolves have been longtime partners, often teaming to launch Raised by Wolves’ seasonal collections at the Montreal shop. These two relationships coming together inspired uniting suede and leather on a single pair of shoes.

The Vans x OTH x RBW Pack has been built around two classic Vans silhouettes, the Sk8-Hi LX and the Old Skool Zip LX, with a number of modern twists applied to each that transform both pairs into weather-ready sneakers that merge Vans’ strong history with OFF THE HOOK and Raised by Wolves’ modern streetwear aesthetic. Both the Sk8-Hi LX and the Old Skool Zip LX feature leather and suede panelling, with the left foot constructed from a premium leather upper and suede toe box, while the right foot is constructed using premium suede for the upper and leather for the toe box. Both pairs have been outfitted with water-resistant Scotchguard technology, sealed zippers, and gusseted tongues, to ensure that Montreal’s temperamental weather doesn’t dampen your feet, or your mood. The Vans x OTH x RBW Pack has been outfitted with Vans MTE soles, to ensure maximum grip in slippery conditions. Additionally the Sk8-Hi LX and Old Skool Zip LX feature  reflective Jazz Stripes to make sure that both pairs are as equipped for the night, as they are for the day.

The Vans x OTH x Raised by Wolves pack will be released in-store at OFF THE HOOK and online on and on Saturday, February 27th at 11am. The Sk8-Hi Zip LX retails at $180CAD, while the Old Skool Zip LX checks in at $150CAD.


Vans Vault OG Slip On 59 and OG Sk8 Hi LX Animal Print

Vans is certainly no stranger to animals prints. Cheetah fur has long adorned many iterations of the Sk8 Hi and Old Skool. The higher tier models through Vault have also had their share of animals lending their coif to the design, including Taka Hayashi models and and an all pony hair Sk8 Hi LX from a few years back. For February, Vault revisits these elements for the Slip On and Sk8 Hi LX silhouettes with three prints each. 

The OG Slip On 59 LX pairs will all three be dressed in pony hair of different prints accompanied by deluxe leather piping and blocking to break up the patterns. Boasting zebra, leopard, and a lynx pattern, the pairs seem to scream "SLP," at us.

As for the OG Sk8 Hi LX, the pony hair is much more subdued and is relegated to the jazz stripe only. The prints are paired will with tonal uppers: black leather and zebra, rusty red leather and lynx, and a turtle dove grey leather with leopard.

The Vans Vault OG Slip On 59 and OG Sk8 Hi LX Animal Print collection will be available at Vans Vault accounts only starting next week. Check your local stockist for availability. Retail will be $100 and $120 per pair. 


Opening Ceremony x Vans Vault Sk8 Hi and Old Skool LX

Opening Ceremony and Vans Vault have been teaming up for sometime on some successful models. Today, OC announced four new exclusive colorways of the Sk8 Hi and Old Skool LX. This time around, you can take your choice of a tonal, all beige mock up or a white upper with gum sole. Dual branded sock liners finish the models off.

The Opening Ceremony x Vans Vault Sk8 Hi and Old Skool LX are available now exclusively from Opening Ceremony, both instore and online with prices ranging from $100-120.