Vans revealed that they were working on a collaborative shoe with hip-hop star Lupe Fiasco for their OTW collection back in May... and now it's here. The collabo resulted in a signature edition version of the OTW Stovepipe, designed by Lupe Fiasco, released as part of the Holiday 2012 collection.
The rapper's inspiration for the project references '90s hip-hop culture and fashion, an aesthetic he refers to as "Native Tongues". He integrates retro patterns and color schemes from the era into the design of the Stovepipe.
The pattern utilized on the canvas tongue takes visual cues from native cultures and is a blend of African and Native American prints, while the rest of the shoe is crafted in leather from ankle wrap to toe vamp in an all-black form that is contrasted by a bright hit of color at the outsole.
The "Native Tongue" canvas is also used to construct a premium drawstring backpack that comes with each pair of the Stovepipe. And, it's finished off with custom Lupe Fiasco branding and packaged with deluxe shoe box artwork.
The Vans OTW x Lupe Fiasco Stovepipe is available now at select Vans OTW Collection retailers. For more info, visit Vans.com/OTW.