We’re no stranger to collaborative releases with the Californian-skate experts over at Vans, and this season we’ve cooked up a silhouette that we’re certain is going to go down a storm. Following on from our Vans Style 36 ‘Patchwork’ exclusive back in 2018, we’re proud to unveil the third instalment of our ‘Factory Floor’ pack – introducing the size? Exclusive Vans Bold Ni ‘Patchwork III’.
In Vans’ early days, 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. Once the panels of a regular shoe have been spliced and taken away to construct one solid pair, their unique build meant there were oft leftover scraps; It’s these wasteful cut-offs which serve as the inspiration for part three of our collaborative series.
So to continue the same aesthetic as the first model in the pack, we’ve built this Bold Ni from a monochromatic mash-up of materials that pays homage to the excess bits-and-pieces brushed away onto Vans’ famous Anaheim Factory ground.
Reworking the archival classic, the upper boasts 13 different patterned and textured materials that are scattered across the pair, meaning both the left and right shoes are completely different. There’s hits of Vans’ iconic checkerboard detailing, dogtooth patterning, camo, polka dots, denim and suede, while the Bold Ni’s thick side stripe continues the cut-and-paste design with shaggy pony hair and translucent TPU to the right foot, while a 3M reflective panel and blacked-out denim make up the other. All in all, it’s a real head-turner of a silhouette.
Underfoot, there’s misaligned foxing tape at the back, with a black toe-bumper to carry on the two-tone colour scheme. They’re comfy from the moment you step in too, boasting Vans’ anatomically contoured UltraCush Lite drop-in sockliner, which moulds to the shape of your foot for cloud-like cushioning.