來自 4Q Conditioning 的 Max Schaff，除了是一名滑板好手外，同時也是一位資深的機車文化愛好者，繼 2009 年的首次合作之後，最近他再度受到 Vans Syndicate 邀請，共同打造了一雙 Mountain Edition 4Q「S」聯名滑板鞋。新鞋在設計上從 Max 的家鄉奧克蘭汲取靈感，並採用了軍用級別的黑色皮革包覆中筒輪廓，而內部則是耐熱的 Warrior 麂皮襯裏，再加上鞋頭位置的魔術貼綁帶，符合機車文化所象徵的硬派美學氣質。除此之外，設計師還通過壓紋 Logo 表明特殊身份，最後搭載 Ultracush HD 鞋墊和華夫膠底呈現。
據悉這款 Mountain Edition 4Q 將于 10 月 17 日登陸 Vans 指定門店，下面是我們爲大家帶來 Syndicate 針對此次合作與 Max 的對話節選，感興趣的朋友也可以登陸 vans.com/syndicate 閱讀完整內容。
Sorry I missed your call, I was just on my motorcycle.
Where were you riding to?
I had to go into the city to grab some motorcycle hardware, and I heard a John Prine song today and I had to have it, so stopped by this little record shop in Oakland on the way home. Its hard to find his records on vinyl, the guy told me ‘i don’t have the record here, but I have two at home and I’ll hook you up with it if you come in tomorrow’
You didn’t try to find it online?
No, I’m just trying to avoid that shit right now. I’m trying to do a little bit more ‘made in America’ even though its impossible, and a little less E-Bay or Amazon. The extra 10 bucks you spend just seems so worth it.
Well, I’m calling to ask about the new edition of your Vans Syndicate shoe, but let me first ask you if you remember your first skate shoes ever? How you first got skate shoes as opposed to random other shoes?
Yeah, its weird, cause I don’t ever remember a time without Vans… as perfect as that is for me to say to you right now… I’ve seen photos of myself in the navy-blue boat shoes (Authentics) before I skated. We wore hand-me-downs, and shoes were a pretty big deal, and that being said, I really cared what shoes I had. Early on when I started skating, I saw a dude skating in Hawaiian print Vans slip-ons, and I had to have ‘em. My dad found where they sold them, it was a few towns away. At the time I wore a 5.5 and all they had was 7.5.
I convinced him that they fit, I remember showing up at a kid party and instantly everyone noticed that my shoes were too big for my feet. But… they were the really sick Hawaiian print Vans from way back, that must have been 1983.
Since the beginning it was Vans, then the red checkerboard high-tops. I did the custom order that they used to have in the back of magazines. It said 8-12 weeks, and it took months and months and months… waiting for the UPS dude to come. I did a pretty wild pair, checkerboard on the outside, Hawaiian on the inside, red tongue on one, blue tongue on the other, they were nuts but they were so cool.
All the stuff you are mentioning is all stuff that Vans has brought back, that skaters wear now… the Hawaiian print and custom orders. But for a long time those shoes were hard to get. Did you ever have the lace-savers?
That’s embarrassing dude, not only the lace-saver that came with the shoes but i’d lace in an extra one to the front of the checkerboard Vans.
Its funny we are talking about it, because I just went to NY for that bike show there, and was having a full shoe crisis, cause I wanted to skate a bit, but I wanted my shoes to look right. And none of the shoes I had were right so went to the local college kid store and bought some navy Vans boat shoes (Authentics)… the navy blue and white ones, cause those always look so good. I shoe-goo’d the ollie area, cause I knew I was going to skate in Brooklyn…. and still I look down and remember the smell of the first box.