Our Vans Sk8-Hi ‘Dawn of Punk’ – a size? Exclusive

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Throughout the ‘70s, a series of seminal bands gave birth to a spiky new movement. Led by punchy lyrics & aggressive melodies, punk’s anti-norm attitude infiltrated popular culture; four decades later, its subversive school of thought still permeates through society. Our 3-part collection pays tribute to those bands who were crucial in punk’s evolution. And first on the bill: a Sk8-Hi which channels its early stages back in 1974.

Vans Sk8-Hi Blue and Navy

In early 1974, NYC clubs, such as CBGB & Max’s Kanas city, provided the stage for a series of quintessentially punk bands to take the NYC scene by storm. One band’s debut gig at CBGB’s was particularly memorable, setting the subversive tone for the rest of the decade.

Taking inspiration from that very first gig, our rendition of the Sk8-Hi mimics the band’s iconic outfits on the night.

Black leather, which can be found through the middle of the shoe, mirrors the leather jackets, while the blue denim & scuffed jazz stripe to each wall nods to the band’s famed skinny jeans. The striping to the tongue has been added to match those famous tees, and underfoot, a navy tab to the midsole marks the date of when the momentous gig took place.

Our pink-inspired Vans Sk8-Hi is out now.

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