September 2nd, 2012 by Aaron Hope
The duckboot sneaker hybrid trend proved to have a more niche appeal than the still popular boat designs, so there’s a huge opportunity for brands who want to get in on some of the Gourmet Quadici’s market share. Enter the Vans Chukka del Pato, a California Collection design whose name lets longtime Off the Wall fans know exactly what to expect as a progression of the series. These come in a trio of expertly picked two-tone colorways atop white Waffle soles with reversed tread for extra traction in slippery conditions, and you can see each up-close after the jump before you grab a pair at retailers like DQM.
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August 3rd, 2012 by Aaron Hope
Vans was the first major sneaker brand to emphasize boat shoe inspiration in its collections, but they didn’t go hard with the duck boot trend that came in the docksiders’ wake. Ducks have so much more distinct a style and purpose than deck shoes that it’s natural to see relatively fewer make it to retail, but then again, we know for a fact that the fall and winter seasons are filled with precipitation. Enter the Vans California Chukka del Pato, a fusion of waterproof weather-beating with a familiar Off the Wall chukka shape that adds a crepe sidewall and reversed waffle tread pattern for improved traction. Two of the three you’ll see after the jump below are rather bold, leaving the brown/black pair to fill its traditional role, so click through and let us know which looks best before you seek out a pair at your local Vans retailer. via FNG
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