As the year comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on which brands stood out more than others in 2020. The classic Cali-located imprint Vans was one brand that certainly delivered a strong 12 months. Kings of skate thanks to their fan-favourite Half Cab, they also displayed their passion for patterns, strengthened their relationship with WTAPS, and lived by the ethos that materials matter. Head down below to read all about Vans’ highlights from the year that was.
Vans sure know how to experiment with materials! Throughout the year, we’ve seen countless new fabrics featured on some of our favourite Vans silhouettes. There was sherpa on their mule recreations, winterised materials on the upper of their MTE collection, and fluffy chenille textiles on Eras and Old Skools. After all, variety is the spice of life.
Chicago-based boutique Notre partnered up with Vault by Vans earlier this year to drop a slew of colourways of the Old Skool LX. Can you notice what they’ve done? Yep, the Jazz stripe has been split in two, and can be seen shaking hands – which happens to be Notre’s logo! Although not the craziest concept, we were here for it.
Hectic Half Cab
Oh baby, skateboarding did a number on 2020, and it wasn’t only the Nike SB range making headlines. Vans’ legendary Half Cab was also a major player in the 2020 skate sneaker universe. Collaborating with two heavyweights – Supreme and Dime – the Half Cab further cemented its status amongst the coolest skateboarding creps on the scene.
Passionate About Patterns
While Vans is the classic canvas sneaker that can usually be seen in low-key colourways, every now and then they give a glimpse of their deep passion for patterns. After all, they have pretty much made the black and white checkerboard scheme their very own. Throughout this year, we’ve witnessed RHUDE splash silhouettes in paisley, Supreme go for distressed denim, and an ultra-rare WACKO MARIA Authentic inspired by Japanese Folklore.
WTAPS is Back!
If you read our Brief History of WTAPS colabs then you will know all about the relationship between the Japanese powerhouse and Vans. Teaming up for some of the best Vans Syndicate releases of all-time, the duo are a serious sneaker love story. Reuniting this year to release their famed ‘Bones’ collection, they again proved that the sparks are still alive in this enduring love story.