Vans’ New Collabs Have Something For Everyone

Vans x Nintendo

Vans x Nintendo

For its 50th anniversary, Vans is going big. The Southern California staple and footwear icon is going collab happy with brands that hail everywhere from Sweden to Japan and even hometown heroes. The line’s Disney collection is still going strong, but for those who want a little more fashion, Vans’ latest collections — yes, two — offer up something for people looking for kawaii kicks and style cred.

First off, Vans is continuing its collection with Swedish retailer (and H&M sister line) & Other Stories. It’s the second year in a row that the two have teamed up. This time around, the shoes are switching up Dalmation spots for a more painterly option in printed leather, as well as an all-linen option in both the classic Slip-On and Old Skool silhouettes. The styles all retail for $100, which is a bit more than last year, but we expect the same quiet fervor to develop as fashion girls clamor for these kicks.

Vans x & Other Stories

Vans x & Other Stories

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And while & Other Stories remains a bit under the radar for many shoppers (not for long, however, with a planned expansion into Southern California at South Coast Plaza), Vans’ second collab of the season is much more accessible. Not only do we mean accesible at retail — it’s available now on the brand’s website, not just in tony New York boutiques — but in its familiarity, as the collab is with none other than Nintendo.

Vans has teamed up with the Japanese video-game developer to offer up a full range of shoes, accessories and apparel featuring some of the most popular characters in the history of gaming. We’re talking Mario, Princess Peach, Zelda and Donkey Kong. Again, Vans revamped its most recognizable silhouettes, the Slip-On and Sk8-Hi, with Technicolor renderings of those first-gen characters. And, our favorite part: The soles of the Nintendo collection have a cheeky “game over” print on them. Prices are more accessible, too, with socks starting at $10 and shoes hovering in the $75 range. There are options for guys, girls and kids alike, so everyone can get decked out in Duck Hunt camo, bright Princess Peach pink or the rainbow of other options in the line.

We would’t wait on these — with everyone from adults to kids slipping into these canvas sneaks for the summer, it’s hard to imagine these won’t go the way of the actual Nintendo console and become covetable collectables down the line.

The Vans x Nintendo collection is available now at www.vans.com. The Vans x & Other Stories collection available now at www.stories.com.

Images courtesy Vans

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.