Vans partners with Sk8-Hi brand ambassador/model Natalie Westling to design a custom Sk8-Hi Reissue DX, exclusive to Opening Ceremony.
Drawing inspiration from her personal tomboy aesthetic, Natalie chose tan nubuck uppers and off-set it with a blue leather Sidestripe and hang flag. The sneaker also uses a mico-mesh mini checkerboard lining that was once used in Vans’ most iconic skate silhouettes throughout the ‘90s, while sitting atop a dark gum sole. Its then finished with a custom blue footbed that is personalized with a “Natalie Skate” emblem to match back to her own tattoos.
Natalie, an Arizona native, picked up a skateboard at the age of three and has since found the striking similarities of riding atop her board and walking the runway.
“I was so honored to be a part of the Sk8-Hi campaign recently that it only felt right to choose the Sk8-Hi. All in all, I wanted to create a shoe that I could skate in but was also different from all of my other Vans,” Westling said.
The Vans x Natalie Westling Sk8-Hi Reissue DX is available now exclusively online and at all Opening Ceremony locations for $100 USD.