ARTICLE BY Minh Vuong
FDMTL x Vans Authentic
FDMTL x Vans Sk8 Hi
FDMTL x Vans Slip-On

FDMTL Deliver Distressed Vans Vault Colab
Release: 7 August 2021

Japanese indigo-drenched brand FDMTL are back with Vans Vault for a trio of blue-soled shoes. After a brief flirtation with the New Balance 2002R last year, FDMTL have returned to Vans after they boro-ed a feeling back in 2018. Now, the signature patchwork style returns, but with a heap more distressing, as per the style of the time.

Consisting of the Sk8-Hi, Authentic and Slip-On, these Vans undergo the FDMTL treatment from top to bottom, and the packaging too. The midsole tape is particularly glossy in its deep blue finish, meaning it will develop its own patina with use. Meanwhile, the uppers have already started the ,wabi-sabi, with the surface of the canvas uppers fluffed up and thinning to replicate heavy use. Looking past the damaged exterior reveals FDMTL’s unique boro patchwork and sashiko stitching. This latter detail is continued on the laces of the Authentic and Sk8-Hi, which also features the same stitching on its Jazz stripe. As for the box, this collaborative edition applies a faded indigo print to simulate the finish of the shoes contained inside.

The FDMTL x Vans Vault collection will release on August 7 via Vault retailers such as END., who have raffles open right now.

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