Just about every sneaker brand out there has cashed in on their heritage by continuously seeking to come up with fresh and original ways to bring new life to their classic models. By now, we’ve seen the tried and true footwear staples of each brand done up in just about every different kind of material or color combination you can think of, so at this point it’s something of a fine art to keep figuring out ways to keep their iconic silhouettes evolving while still remaining reverent to their past. Anybody can throw a tasty new color-up on a fan favorite, but the real trick is finding new and exciting ways to keep doing it again and again on a consistent basis without reaching overkill.
With decades worth of consumer favorites under their belts for both the skate and lifestyle audiences alike, Vans has been one of the best in the business when it comes to keeping their classics relevant and desirable year in and year out. Through their many different imprints and sub-categories, Vans keeps their foundational designs in constant rotation, and in many different forms and fashions – from traditional colorways and material make-ups, to bold new interpretations and re-imaginings.
Vans has also helped to write the book on how to transition timeless silhouettes into more premium waters, turning their suede and canvas makeups into lux editions for a more sophisticated take on the originals. As logical as it may be, this was still a pretty
untapped area of the market when they launched their Vault by Vans collection in 2003 with the aim of bringing a more deluxe approach with limitless possibilities. As the lifestyle trend began to explode later in the decade, Vans was at the forefront, having already mastered the art of reinventing their classic catalog in creative and desirable ways.
One of the ever-present models since the early days of the Vault line has been the Half Cab; the beloved sawed-off Steve Caballero signature from 1992 that has pretty much been in regular circulation ever since. Thanks to Vault and other Vans silos, we’ve seen the Half Cab produced in countless iterations since its original introduction, but as evidenced by this latest trio, there’s still plenty of new ground to cover – not only when it comes to material constructions and colorways, but in color-blocking as well.
Three new colorways of the Half Cab LX get an outdoor-ready facelift courtesy of a combination of ripstop nylon, premium suede and coated canvas on the uppers and a reversed waffle pattern outsole for improved traction in the winter weather. Braided boot laces and triangular eyelet rings provide some fitting details in pulling off perhaps the most rugged versions of the legendary Half Cab seen to date. All three are hitting Vault by Vans retailers this month, so keep an eye out for them at your local spot, but not before taking a better look in the preview gallery ahead.