nonnative x Vans Sk8-Hi Retro 2018

A sleek take on the iconic skate shoe.

nonnative‘s teaser video for its Fall/Winter 2017 collection, CIUDAD DE COLORES (City of Colors), didn’t touch on a few of its impressive collaborations, which included joint releases with WILD THINGS, B Jirushi Yoshida and KITH. Now, the Japanese imprint reveals its latest co-branded drop – a set of mid-top Vans sneakers.

Utilizing the Sk8-Hi as a base, nonnative’s latest Vans redesign combines functionality and style. The laces are substituted for a zipper and relegated to decorative status, surrounding the laces and dangling down the side in the same vein as last year’s Converse collaboration. Substantial suede uppers complement the thick rope laces, and a checkerboard lining adds a pop of visual interest. nonnative’s understated tag appears on the tongue and insole, keeping the shoe sophisticated despite its unorthodox accents.

Look for the sneaker to release in January 2018 for ¥18,500 JPY or approximately $160 USD. Meanwhile, Vans is readying a fleece-lined slip-on for the upcoming cold weather.


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