Vans Covers Old Skool Checkerboard in Traditional Japanese Syllabary

Reworking the midsole, medial side, and laces with the traditional characters.

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Vans is becoming increasingly known for putting a spin on its classic sneakers, and this is exactly what it’s done with its latest Old Skool. The original black-and-white checkerboard print now finds itself alongside premium suede and leather panels, and most notably on this pair, traditional Japanese syllabary.

The Vans sport the Japanese symbols not just around the vulcanized white midsole unit, but also on the laces and as patches added onto the medial side of the sneaker. Black suede and white topstitching can be found detailing the toe box, tongue, eyestay panel and heel, while leather has been used for the Jazz Stripe which runs through the middle of the shoe.

Elsewhere, Vans adds padded white leather on the upper quarter of the shoe, giving the Old Skool a padded collar for extra comfort as well as a cozy, luxury lining. Rounding out the pair is its red license plate on the heel and the gum waffle outsole.

Take a look at the Vans Old Skool above, and pick up a pair for yourself on websites such as Sivasdescalzo, where it retails for €80 EUR (approx. $93 USD).

In related news, Vans has unveiled its all-weather 2020 MTE collection.

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