The Summer 2012 drop from Vans sees the Southern California-based label delve deep into their rich archive to present a collection that proudly showcases their roots, sympathetically reworking some of their most revered styles. Nothing exemplifies this more than the Vans Vault ‘Palm Leaf’ pack which utilises one of Vans first ever prints, with a two-tone Palm Leaf pattern adorning the uppers of the classic Era LX and Sk8-Hi LX, giving both styles a laidback surf look. Each pair comes packaged in a replica of the original Van Doren Rubber Company box, a nostalgic nod to the brand’s inception.
As usual, the backbone of the drop is made up of variations of their most popular styles; the Authentic and Era; but the highlight of the drop has to be Vans collaboration with the iconic publication, Skateboarder Magazine. Tastefully reworking the Mid School ’77 and Old School trainers, the collaborative effort uses colourways harking back to the early ‘Dog Town’ days of skateboarding with splashes of yellow and navy. Subtle Skateboarder branding features on both styles as well as the famous ‘wave’ decal in leather which is finished in typically understated fashion. The shoes come in a commemorative dual branded box setting them apart from regular Vans releases.