While the importance of Japanese brands like Fragment, Undercover or SOPHNET. is sometimes lost on sneakerheads, the Harajuku movement that birthed many of these labels were instrumental in popularising the high/low aesthetic that streetwear and fashion as a whole is currently experiencing. While their collaborative efforts such as this Old Skool that's part of a bigger capsule collection SOPHNET. created with Vans Japan might seem tame or un-inspired to some, their continued work with companies such as Vans, Nike and similar brands are a testament to the essence of Japanese cool, understated daily wear that only appeals to fans who are "in the know". Like most SOPH. releases, the Old Skool 'Beach' will only be available in Japan in crazy limited numbers, so if you want to jump on board the SOPHNET. train you better start hunting fast!