The Vans brand itself is steeped in history within skateboarding on the whole. Slated as THE original skate shoe, the brands rise to the throne began in sleepy Anaheim, a seaside location in California where the first factory stood. With production runs being so small in the beginning, customers were able to get their hands on bespoke, handmade shoes whereby they were able to choose what actually went into them. Materials, printed details on the midsole, lace choices; there were seemingly no limits.
During this time a ‘promotional’ pair was produced that acted as a demo example of the different choices you could make when designing your shoe. Every single panel utilised a different colour, and custom printed graphics were applied to the midsole in different colours. It definitely wasn’t the type of thing you could imagine even being produced as a production line pair.
Following on from our heritage inspired, material mash-up earlier in the year, we’re pleased to add the next instalment in the form of the ‘Patchwork’ Style 36.
We’ve taken one side of this original ‘sample’ colourway and mirrored it onto the opposite foot. The printed midsole branding also returns in alternating red & blue, one of the first times the application has been seen for a good few decades so we’re pleased to be one of the first to bring it back.
The size? Exclusive Vans Style 36 ‘Patchwork’ will be available via the size? previews app and in all size? stores on Friday 27th July, priced at £70.