Vault By Vans x WTAPS Original Classics Collection

By Jay Casteel  |  09/11/2015

With nearly a decade of stellar collaborations between them, Vans and WTAPS come together once again for this eight-piece footwear capsule for Vault by Vans.

Under Vans' premium imprint, WTAPS crafts a deluxe assortment of Original Classics, including collaborative executions of the OG Era LX, OG Sk8-Hi LX and OG Style 36 LX.

The sneakers are rebuilt from the ground up. A trio of OG Era LX colorways are inspired by the Japanese school uniform and "uwabaki" concept. The uppers are presented in true white, while the outsole is marked in various colors (blue, red and green) that originally signified a student's grade level.

From there, the OG Sk8-Hi LX is done up in a set of materials and tones that channel the vintage styling of another iconic Vans silhouette, the Vans Caballero. A favorite sneaker of WTAPS Founder Tetsu "Tet" Nishiyama's youth, the Vans Caballero debuted in 1989 as skate legend Steve Caballero's signature shoe, featuring embossed reptile nubuck and durable suede reinforcements. This material build can be seen once again on the OG Sk8-Hi LX in grey/black and all-black styles.

The last silhouette in the line-up, the OG Style 36 LX, was created with unity in mind. Taking one hue to all parts of the shoe, the OG Style 36 LX introduces black/black, navy/navy and burgundy/burgundy versions of itself in the Vault by Vans x WTAPS collection.

The Vault by Vans x WTAPS collection releases globally at select retailers on September 12.