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WTAPS Embraces Winter With Vault by Vans

Founded by Tetsu Nishiyama in 1996, WTAPS is a legend of the ‘Ura-Hara’ Japanese scene that produced so many distinguished streetwear labels. Tetsu’s background in skate – and an abiding interest in mil-spec styling – has long made him a favourite at Vans, where he has contributed over 15 co-branded collections. Following the release of a footwear-focused range earlier in 2022 that included bones-motif Chukkas and Eras, Vault by Vans will drop this WTAPS-designed collection of snowboard boots, bags, apparel and accessories decked out in utilitarian ‘smokey olive’ khaki.

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‘The Vans Snow program has a rich 25-year heritage, which became the foundation for this WTAPS project. Knowing Tet grew up skating, the extension beyond footwear seemed obvious and luckily he agreed! Our discussions went deep into the details, performance features and purpose of each product, and that’s how we ended up with a collection that includes apparel, bags and accessories.’ Rian Pozzebon – Vans Senior Director of Footwear Design, Colour and Trend
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WTAPS x Vault by Vans Hi-Country & Hell-Bound LX Snowboard Boot
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‘While maintaining the original vibe of Vault by Vans, we contribute the culture and identity that is the backbone of WTAPS. Both brands are a good fit as we both embrace the spirit of DIY. My visits to the snow the last few winters inspired the direction – it’s a seasonal collection meant to offer one-of-a-kind style and comfort, as well as elevating your winter equipment with something that looks cool.’ Tetsu Nishiyama – WTAPS Director

The Vans Snow program dates back more than 25 years, though these rugged Hi-Country & Hell-Bound LX snow boots have all the latest Vans tech, including V3 Ultracush protection, TNF FlashDry liner, V3 POPCUSH footbeds and V3 Waffle SuperEnduro outsoles. Head to Vans for more info.

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