Vans is one of few skate- and street-footwear brands to have successfully established itself in the ranks of high fashion, the art and entertainment world. Following past collabs with Kenzo, Takashi Murakami, Disney, and Star Wars (to name a few), VANS debuts yet another high profile partnership with American designer Marc Jacobs. Contrary to popular belief, though, this is not the first time Jacobs and the skate shoe manufacturers teamed up: way back in 2005, the two parties came together to create what would be (one of) the first high end sneaker collections ever.
Now, more than 12 years later, the rather unlikely pairing reports back: A second round of VANS x Marc Jacobs is on ist way. This was announced by sharing a breathtaking range of collaboratively created versions of VANS’ iconic slip-ons. Take a look at some of the stand-outs, below:
#ToruKamei is a Tokyo-based oil painter, specializing in botanical still life scenes. His exploration of gothic and surrealist themes have garnered a strong following in recent years. Toru chose to transform his #MJxVANS into works of art that would fit in with the flora of his paintings. Come purchase your own Marc Jacobs x @Vans shoes to customize this Friday (6.16.17) at 113 Prince Street, NYC or 4-26-14, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo and view the artists shoes on display.
@bigandmilky began his career working at our Marc Jacobs boutique, after which he competed on Season 6 of @rupaulsdragrace and then went on to star in our Marc Jacobs Spring ’16 ad campaign. Milk covered his #MJxVANS sneakers with colored push pins, representing all the places he wants to visit around the world. Purchase your own pair of Marc Jacobs x @Vans to customize this Friday at our Soho boutique in NYC or at our Aoyama and Bookmarc stores in Tokyo. Can’t make our events? Link in bio to win a free pair with DIY-markers.
You’ve seen the work of @sarahtannomakeup more than you may know — she’s @ladygaga’s personal makeup artist and a @marcbeauty Global Beauty Ambassador. For her #MJxVANS sneaker, she used materials found in her makeup kit to create this colorful mixed media creation. Purchase your own pair of Marc Jacobs x @Vans to customize this Friday at our Soho boutique in NYC or at our Aoyama and Bookmarc stores in Tokyo. Can’t make the events? Link in bio to win a free pair with DIY-markers.
British multimedia artist @julieverhoeven created the base illustration on our #MJxVANS sneakers. You may recognize her whimsical designs from our #MJSS17 collection. Now she’s lending her hand again, drawing on the exterior of our Marc Jacobs x @Vans collaboration sneaker. Come customize your own shoe this Friday (6.16.17) at 113 Prince Street, NYC or 4-26-14, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo and view the artists shoes on display.
@TheMarcJacobs customized his #MJxVANS using a set of felt markers that come with every Marc Jacobs x @Vans purchase. Come view his sneakers and a handful of other artists shoes this Friday (6.16.17) at 113 Prince Street, NYC or 4-26-14, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo and buy your own shoes to DIY (super limited supply.) Not in New York or Tokyo? Link in bio to win!
We reached out to 17 artists around the globe and asked them to customize a pair of Marc Jacobs x @Vans shoes featuring designs by @JulieVerhoeven. Stay tuned to view sneakers by @avanope, @bigandmilky, @sarahtannomakeup and more on our Instagram or come see them in real life this Friday (6.16.17) at 113 Prince Street, NYC or 4-26-14, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo! Not in New York or Tokyo? Link in bio to win a pair of #MJxVANS and customize your own — for free! ✍️
But don’t get your hopes up, guys! Unfortunately, only the last pair in the list will be on sale, and very limited, too, with less than 200 pairs readily available in New York and Japan stores.
The creations we see up above solely furfill inspirational purposes, as each pair of shoes comes with a set of markers for you to customize them yourself. They were created by 17 artists close to Marc Jacobs and the brand.
The collab is set to drop June 16, exclusively at aforementioned locations. If you can’t make it to either of the two options, you can also enter online to win 1 out of 10 pair(s) designed by Julie Verhoeven.
In other exciting shoe-news, Miley Cyrus joined forces with Converse in the Name of LGBTQ-pride. All proceeds go to the It Gets Better Project and the Happy Hippie Foundation, the latter of which was founded by none other than the songstress and activist herself.
At this point, all there is left to say is that WE WANT THEM ALL!!!