When Proper approached the Vans design team with their idea for their take on the ComfyCush LX, Vans must’ve thought they were joking. Proper wanted to capture the feeling of going to Vans warehouse sales, where hundreds (if not thousands) of pairs of one-offs, samples, factory errors, and other surprises could be found. Creating hundreds of completely unique pairs of shoes is great in theory, but how do you actually produce them? For Proper’s Jordan Curry, the answer was simple: by hand. Check out the latest from Proper and Vans, a collection that we have taken to calling the ‘1 of 1’ collection.
Someone once said that most great ideas start off as bad ones, so it was no surprise when our initial pitch to Vans to work on the new ComfyCush platform was met with some cautious trepidation. The concept was simple, to bring the excitement and discovery of the Vans warehouse sales we enjoyed as Southern California youths to a younger generation that would never have the opportunity to experience it.
Our presentation consisted of a simple color palette of heavy weight canvas and suede, and some shoes. Hundreds of shoes in fact, page after page of Eras, Slip-Ons, and Sk8-Hi’s in a never ending number of color combinations. Mono-tones, duo-tones, tri-tones, quad-tones the list went on and on. Symmetrical, asymmetrical, mis-matched and everything in between.
Only when the raw material began to arrive did the real work began. Unhindered by design briefs, Proper's very own Jordan Curry set fourth on a process of organic creativity in canvas and suede. Day after day, week after week he immersed himself in the process emerging only to share his latest masterpiece. Steadfast in his dedication to avoid repetition each pair was a unique creation, a true manifestation of the original concept, from mild to wild and everything in between, no two pairs the same. Perfectly imperfect.
Three hundred pairs, all 1 of 1. It’s hard to wrap my head around how this was even achieved. This is one of the raddest concepts we’ve ever seen and the execution is perfect. This is why Vans (and the community) is so unique. You think any other brand is going to play ball with an idea like this? Even after all of these years, we can still experience something similar to what the previous generation was able to. Bravo, Proper.
The Vault by Vans x Proper ComfyCush LX Collection '1 of 1' Collection drops this Saturday, 16 February, at Proper Long Beach and Houston and online at Proper. Each pair will be picked randomly, so good luck!