Vans is keeping their 50th anniversary celebration rolling by dropping release after release. We know from the Vans JP lookbook that were are a lot of Pro Classics still to come. But this month, we get to choose (choose? who are we kidding...) from a couple of Sk8 Hi's and Era's that Steve himself designed. They aren't Pro Classics, but they are following the 50th Anniversary design.
The Vans Era is a skateboard sneaker designed by Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta in 1975, originally known as the Vans #95. The sleek silhouette was heralded by skateboarders at the time for its ankle area padding and no-slip bottom. The reissue version still rocks the signature side stripe on the original design with classic vulcanized sole for optimal flexibility and boardfeel. The colors of the Reissue Era 95 represent a mixture of the colors used in the Era 95 from 1975.
We see clever use of both the solid colored panels and classic Vans patterns. Mirko Crocop would be proud to sport the red and white checkerboard heel counters. To be honest, there is a lot going on here. But that's the point, isn't it? This is how a lot of people used to make their customs in Anaheim.
Inspired by the Classic Old Skool Skate Hi 38 that arrived on the scene in 1976, the reissue version still rocks the signature side stripe on the original design with classic vulcanized sole for optimal flexibility and board feel. The colors of the Reissue Sk8 Hi 38 represent a mixture of the colors used in the Sk8 Hi 38 from 1976.
Like the Era 95's, these Sk8 Hi's make use of both suede solid color blocking and patterned canvas panels. We can see good use of the checkerboard pattern as well as the classic Vans pirate graphics.
The Vans 50th Anniversary Era 95 and Sk8 Hi 38 is available for pre-order now from Journeys. Check your local Vans stockist for availability.