The wo­ven ones

Artist Taka Hayashi takes old-school Vans slip-ons to the next level.

Esquire (Singapore) - - Style -

Even in an age when new sneaker drops trig­ger mass hys­te­ria, Vans isn’t fix­ing what ain’t broke. The checker­board slip-on? That’s an un­qual­i­fied hit. So too are the brand’s col­lab­o­ra­tions with Ja­panese-Amer­i­can artist Taka Hayashi, whose cap­sule col­lec­tions for Vault by Vans (the skate stal­wart’s pre­mium line) have be­come such cult fa­vorites that they’ve now part­nered a whop­ping 19 times.

It’s easy to see why. Hayashi’s de­signs build on the brand’s SoCal street cred with so­phis­ti­cated ma­te­ri­als and global in­flu­ences while still re­spect­ing the orig­i­nal sil­hou­ettes. The stand­out this year is a new spin on the clas­sic checker­board slip-on, now ren­dered in bas­ket-wo­ven nubuck leather—the kind of luxe kicks you could imag­ine Spi­coli wear­ing if he were to take a ju­nior year abroad. Sure, they’re hand­some, but their great­est strength might be their ver­sa­til­ity. You can wear them with beat-up jeans or a sum­mer suit, at the bar or at the skate park. (Just maybe not one right af­ter the other.)

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