February 4th, 2013 by Aaron Hope
Vans continues its partnership with Metallica, following the Kill Em All commemorative Half Cab with a new quartet mirroring the lineup they’ve trotted out for the past ten years. The Vans x Metallica Signature Collection features one model for each band member, starting with the Vans Sk8-Hi Deconstruct inspired by vocalist James Hetfield’s favorite black boots. Drummer Lars Ulrich brings in fellow Half Cab 20 collaborator Dirty Donny for a character to finish off his diamond-plated Era Laceless lowtop while lead shredder Kirk Hammett opts for a plainer black Slip-On featuring a collapsible heel. The metal gods’ most recent addition Robert Trujillo adds Aztec designs drawn by his wife to the sides of the relatively obscure Escuela lowtop and you can decide for yourself with the aid of more photos below if its blue segments make them the pair you buy from Vans.
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July 2nd, 2012 by Aaron Hope
Appropriating the Stooges’ most famous song by calling himself a “streetwalking cheetah with a hand full of crayons,” ‘Dirty’ Donny Gillies makes reference to the ease with which he blended playful binder-worthy imagery with the rebellious energy of influential rock subcultures. Dirty Donny has crafted artwork for bands like The Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age and Metallica, and now he’s joining in Off the Wall’s 20th anniversary celebration for one of their most iconic silos. The Dirty Donny x Vans Half Cab pairs royal blue suede with Donny’s unique branding tags for a look that’s both familiar and unlike any of the others from this birthday set. Check them out in greater detail below and get ready for Dirty Donny’s Half Cabs to arrive at Vans Vault dealers like Hot Rod later this month. via N-SB
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