Proper’s history alongside the Vans design team is long and grueling — the unique retailer has had a variety of fruitful past collaborations from various reissues to its “Tatanka” capsule, now reuniting with the California lifestyle imprint to create a unique “1 of 1” Vans Vault collection limited to 300 pairs.
The new project utilizes Van’s Comfycush LX technology, tapping the Sk8-Hi, Authentic, and Slip-on models to provide 100 iterations of each shoe, with each individual pair being completely unique and different than the others. When Proper’s Jordan Curry approached the concept, the question of manufacturing came about — how do you expect to craft 300 unique shoes that are all uniquely different? His answer: individually by hand.
The uniquely colored-blocked sneakers are nothing short of an amazing project — and is arguably one of the most unique Vans release to ever grace the world of sneaker collaborations. Each shoe is one of a kind, completely unique from its predecessors and successors — no two pairs the same.
The “1 of 1” collection is set to drop this Saturday, February 16 at Proper’s Long Beach and Houston locations, as well as online via Proper’s web store. Each pair will be picked randomly according to your size and model choice.
For more sneaker news, Nike’s Air Max 95 “Summit White” is arriving soon.
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Someone once said that most great ideas start off as bad ones, so it was no surprise when our initial pitch to Vans to work on the new ComfyCush platform was met with some cautious trepidation. The concept was simple, to bring the excitement and discovery of the Vans warehouse sales we enjoyed as Southern California youths to a younger generation that would never have the opportunity to experience it. Our presentation consisted of a simple color palette of heavy weight canvas and suede, and some shoes. Hundreds of shoes in fact, page after page of Eras, Slip-Ons, and Sk8-Hi’s in a never ending number of color combinations. Mono-tones, duo-tones, tri-tones, quad-tones the list went on and on. Symmetrical, asymmetrical, mis-matched and everything in between. Only when the raw material began to arrive did the real work began. Unhindered by design briefs, Proper’s very own Jordan Curry set fourth on a process of organic creativity in canvas and suede. Day after day, week after week he immersed himself in the process emerging only to share his latest masterpiece. Steadfast in his dedication to avoid repetition each pair was a unique creation, a true manifestation of the original concept, from mild to wild and everything in between, no two pairs the same. Perfectly imperfect. Executing any collaboration can be a challenge, much less hundreds of them in a single shot. Has it been done before, not like this, will it be done again, probably not if the Vans production team has their say in it. Part old, part new, completely unique. We hope you enjoy finding your favorite pair as much as we did making them. -Proper
Proper x Vans “1 of 1” Comfycush LX Collection
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