size? and Vans are continuing a recent slate of music-themed releases with a special Slip-On “New Wave” that draws from David Byrne‘s Talking Heads. Following up a Sk8-Hi that celebrated the Ramones’ first-ever gig and an Old Skool that lauded the Sex Pistols’ English Invasion, this Slip-On simultaneously nods to a famous Talking Heads photoshoot and the release of 1979’s seminal Fear of Music, widely regarded as one of the best new wave albums of all time.
In true Talking Heads fashion, the shoes are bold, experimental and undeniably striking, not unlike the band’s music. A cacophony of prints and patterns clash in vivid fashion on the upper, with floral print on the forefoot, star graphics across the midfoot/collar and a potent pink paisley on the heel, all of which nod to the outfits the Heads wore during the aforementioned photoshoot. A small orange Vans tag on the midfoot adds a dash of branded flair.
Vulcanized midsoles are dressed in crisp white with a light blue foxing stripe and an orange heel badge. “03.08.1979” appears on the lateral side via a tape-style graphic for a direct nod to Fear of Music‘s original launch date. Gum rubber outsoles complete the look.
The size? x Vans Slip-On “New Wave” will be made available via the size? webstore, size? Previews app and all size? retail locations come March 21. The MSRP is set at £65 GBP (approximately $80 USD).
If you’re looking for more experimental low-top sneaker styles, check out Marni‘s SS20 “GOOEY” sneaker, complete with a dripping paint design.