Luca Benini‘s Italian stalwart Slam Jam is a collaborative powerhouse. From celebrating the legendary Ibizan club Amnesia in a recent three-way collab to working with Salomon, AC Milan, Our Legacy, Fila, DEVO, and New Era this year alone, Slam Jam now adds Vans to its roster of partners, unveiling its take on the Vans Sk8-Hi.
Understood as the undisputed king of skate culture footwear, the Vans Sk8-Hi is an instantly recognizable classic that has surpassed trends, standing the test of time as a sneaker that transcends any sort of regimented fashions. Instead, a Sk8-Hi is a sneaker for the masses, and with that, a sneaker that’s capable of acting as a blank canvas for creatives, fashion houses and brands alike.
This is where Slam Jam comes in, adding its distinctive punkish undertones alongside touches that make this pair fit into the label’s (Un)Corporate Uniform ideology. The sneaker now sports an inverted internal and external colorway, with black suede meeting ecru canvas across the uppers, sitting alongside branded waxed laces, a Slam Jam mid-panel tag, leather Vans stripes, and an upside-down circular “A” emblem embossed into the rear heel cups.
Elsewhere, the waffle outsole is decorated with a heavy-duty ink graphic designed by the British artist Fergus “Fergadelic” Purcell, who took inspiration from ’70s psychedelia. Combined, the shoe is a commentary on counter-culture, tapping into both Slam Jam’s identity and what skate communities stand for.
So far, all we know is that the collaborative pair will release in Slam Jam’s store and online on September 22. Take a closer look the pair above.
In case you missed it, take a look at the upcoming A-COLD-WALL* x Converse collaboration.