After months of teasing and rumors, Vans has officially released imagery and information on the huge capsule wit WTAPS for fall. WTAPS and Vault usually bring out the big guns when it comes to their footwear releases, but this is unlike anything we've seen before. For the 50th and 20th anniversaries of Vans and WTAPS respectively, nine total pairs will release over the next few weeks. Here's the rundown:
First in the collection are three colorways of the OG Era LX. The blue, black, and white snakeskin design covers the entire u pper and it only broken up by the tonal woven WTAPS tongue labels. The white OG foxing looks excellent against the exotic upper. Tonal lacing and the red OG heel tab finish off these pairs.
What can be said about the bones motif that hasn't been said before? Arguably, the design is second only to the 003 "wings" pattern in terms of hype and desire. There are people who paid in excess of $500 for the first edition of the black bones Sk8 Hi. The brands have blessed us with a bit of a reissue of that pack but this time on an OG Sk8 Hi LX, OG Chukka Boot LX, and OG Authentic LX. Alongside the black colorways, we get an in incredible olive number. Funny thing about the olive pairs: they have been an ongoing april fool's day joke that originated on the Under the Palm Leaves forums years ago. Maybe Tet and the guys at Vault were watching?
The footwear makes excellent use of the embroidered bones pattern on the canvas quarters of each pair. The OG Sk8 Hi LX and OG Chukka Boot LX opt for some amazing suede on the vamps and heel counters while the OG Authentic LX goes with the all canvas uppers. The OG foxing on these is a bit different. They each have a majority white midsole while the stripe and the foxing that extends up onto the materials matching with the black and olive of the uppers.
The entire Vault by Vans x WTAPS “Original Classics” Collection releases first in Japan on Saturday, August 20th. The global release OG Era LX is the following Saturday, August 27th. The bones styles of the OG Sk8 Hi, Chukka Boot, and Authentic LX will release to the rest of the world on Saturday, September 10th. Check out the Vault Locator tab to find out where you can cop and check your local for availability. Good luck!