It is hard to believe that these are Vans! After the great popularity of the collaboration with Japanese designer Taka Hayashi, Vans decided to collaborate with the designer once again for Spring/Summer 2012. The new styles combine work wear inspired silhouettes with the premium materials that we have come to expect from the
Vans Vault range. As ever, the shoes combine quality and function with the designer’s natural artisanal flair.
Available at Oki-Ni The Sierra Trek lo LX is a classic round toe style. Cut from soft premium suede, the style has a leather heel section, seamed at the rear and detailed with an embroidered pattern around the ankle. The upper is built onto a comfortable crepe sole and is finished with metal worker-style lace loops and matching round laces.
A self-taught illustrator, painter and graphics designer, Taka Hayashi was born in Yokohama, Japan before moving to Santa Monica. Taka grew up at a seminal time for skate history, he was influenced by the Venice pros that populated the area.
For his collaboration with Vans Vault, Taka has completed several new art pieces in his signature style as well as designed three new footwear styles.
Taka’s artwork and designs for this project were influenced by traditionally crafted Native American goods, vintage surplus and craftsmanship from 60s Italian-made footwear