May 1st, 2014 by Brendan Dunne / 11
This week has been a good one for Star Wars fans with all the news about Episode VII that’s been floating around, and they now have more to celebrate thanks to the Star Wars x Vans collection coming for Summer 2014. The sneaker set takes some of Vans most heralded models to a galaxy far far away and outfits them with all sorts of unique prints inspired by the various planets and characters of that world. There’s Boba Fett Camo, a Stormtrooper paisley print, Hawaiian Yoda looks, and more. Continue reading to see the full group as well as the release info on them and let us know which of these Star Wars sneakers you’re feeling the most.
The Vans x Star Wars collection kicks off with a six-piece offering from Classics. Aligning with the Dark Side, Vans introduces two colorways of the Authentic featuring Boba Fett and Stormtrooper characters. The Boba Fett camo color-up enhances the bounty hunter’s disguise alongside the Death Star, Darth Vader and the Stormtrooper to paint a dark scene of the evil Empire. The second style surfaces in the Stormtrooper bandana print that mashes up one of Vans archived patterns with the Galactic Empire’s henchmen for a discreet, all-over arrangement. Yoda brings balance to the Force with his special takes on the Authentic and Sk8-Hi Reissue. Blended with Vans’ Hawaiian pattern and images of Yoda, the peaceful aloha motif covers the uppers of the low top and hits each quarter panel of the high top. As a tribute to the original film, Vans pairs the Classic Slip-On with the 1977 poster artwork from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and showcases the Era in comic-book style graphics from vintage Star Wars merchandise. Young Padawans and small Sith lords can enjoy the collection as well with kid and toddler-sized shoes featuring the Yoda-inspired art and comic-book graphics as well as two kids-specific Stormtrooper and Darth Vader prints.
Not gonna lie I like the Yoda in the floral print, but my initial reaction to most of these is that they suck wookiee balls. Would have hoped for better.