Music star sneaker colabs aren't restricted to rappers (Eg; Lupe, Tyga and Ye), metal music has been co-bossing the sneaker game for decades too. While high-tops were the order of the day back in the 80s, scuffy low top vulcs have been the business since grunge came in. Now veteran metal gods and, let's face it, global popstars Metallica have been given the chance to flip up some Vans silhouettes and it looks like they had some fun. Each band member got to choose a Vans shoe to mess with and added their personal touches. Check out the individual shoe desciptions and photo gallery below, and pick up your favourites here.
Vans Escuela: Robert grew up wearing Vans as a young skater in Venice Beach, California. For his shoe, he took Aztec calendar artwork, designed by his wife Chloe, which is carved in one of his bass guitars and placed it in blue, on the side of this Escuela.
Vans Sk8-Hi Deconstruct: Inspired by his favorite black boots, James added hex-bolt eyelets and a personal take on the skull and cross-bones to “Metallicize” it.
Vans Era Laceless: Lars updated the Era Laceless with brushed twill materials and a print taken from the diamond plate pattern on his snare drum. He finished his shoe with a Dirty Donny character on the inside heel.
Vans Slip-On: Tying back to a love of surfing and nature, Kirk chose an all-natural upper made of hemp for his collapsible Slip-On. The inside heel is accented with a guitar pick inspired by his Ouija guitar and designed by one of Metallica’s favorite artists, Dirty Donny.