Although Vans has become a fashion staple again, the brand’s roots are firmly cemented in the skateboarding and sports realm. Celebrating those rootas, the action sports footwear and apparel brand, has introduced the all-new Vans Skate Classics, its most iconic silhouettes with an updated, extra-tough construction designed first and foremost for skateboarders.
Completely redesigned with skaters in mind, Skate Classics deliver more of what Vans skaters like Lizzie Armanto, Dustin Henry, Axel Cruysberghs, Daiki Hoshino, and Giovanni Vianna need to enable maximum progression. Reinforced materials and upgraded construction provide added durability and energy-return cushioning for longer skate sessions, while a few finishing touches to the overall aesthetic prove that Skate Classics don’t just perform, they also look damn good doing it.
Skate Classics lead with fully revised uppers that incorporate reimagined patterns and an all-new last for better heel fit. A molded heel counter and locked-in tongue straps with premium heel hold keep feet locked in for better control.
The Duracap underlay takes on a new shape, adding flexibility and removing excess bulk to eliminate hot spots, resulting in an essential fit for maximum durability where skaters need it most. Two-part foxing featuring a heavier knurl texture on toe bumpers, as well as Sick Stick, a new proprietary gum rubber compound, increases the durability and longevity of the shoe. In addition, Vans best-in-class PopCush energy-return footbeds snap back and won’t pack out, keeping legs feeling fresh to skate longer.
An always-stylish classic white/blue colourway prevails across the Skate Authentic, Skate Slip-On, Skate Sk8-Hi, Skate Old Skool, and Skate Era, while a new sidewall finish, Checkerboard flag, and ‘Skateboarding’ branding subtly enhance these timeless styles.
- The Skate Authentic – R999
- The Skate Era – R999
- The Skate Slip-On – R899
- The Skate Old-School – R1,099
- The Skate Hi – R1,199
The Vans Skate Classics collection, featuring the Skate Authentic, Skate Slip-On, Skate Sk8-Hi, Skate Old Skool, and Skate Era, will be available in South Africa from 15 April 2021 at Vans retail locations, Vans Skate retailers as well as online from the new Vans South Africa online store.
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