Vans x Quartersnacks
With a nod toward retro skate fashion and a renowned sense of heritage-minded freshness, the timely Vans x Quartersnacks collaboration plays to the core of contemporary skate function with its timeless appeal and its ‘eternally youthful’ mindset. Welcoming a two-piece pack of rehashed pro-model skate shoes to the table, a Lampin Pro and an Old Skool Pro, both Vans and East Coast Quartersnacks take aim at celebrating creative self-expression, escapism and everyday functionality in its most unprocessed form.
Having collaborated with the likes of Montreal’s Dime and Nike SB on both a Dunk Low Premium and Zoom Blazer Low XT release, anti-authoritarian Quartersnacks are no strangers to the skate-shoe game. Inspired by the ‘90s and their vibrant NYC-based locale, Quartersnacks is a brand that never ceases to impress when it comes to uniting both young and seasoned-skaters alike through their relatable, intergenerational aesthetic and their OG skate-blog legacy from 15 years back, circa 2005. Calling on ‘the culture we all live and breathe’ to strike the perfect equilibrium between modern-day necessity and celebrated style, brand founder Konstantin Satchek keeps the collaboration with hot-footed Vans both modest and well-rooted - a trait that actively honours Quartersnacks’ humble beginnings and Vans’ ageless allure.
A lesser-known profile debuting wayback during Vans’ early days and celebrating its own modern-day revival in 2020 through the archive-revived OG Lampin LX, the Vans x Quartersnacks Lampin Pro boasts striking similarity to the Era and Saddle Sid Pro through their low-profile aesthetic and their subtle court-side vibes. Vintage-inspired tumbled leather, although buttery in composure, delivers a ‘worn-in’ sense of character that honours the collection’s ode to retro skate fashion, whilst Vans’ iconic performance-led DURACAP overlays and its well-formulated PopCush footbed helps deliver the sneaker inline with contemporary desire. Contrast-coloured blue foxing tape fuses the outsole to the midsole seamlessly, with the arching side-wall panels replacing Vans’ usual striped decal for a more old-school finish. Metallic eyelets and widened laces pay reference to pro-model profiles from the ‘90s, with the tennis-yellow terrycloth lining and the debossed ‘25’ Quartersnacks logo pairing sporting legacy with Satchek’s own Bodega-store backing from the brand’s early-day era.
Mirroring the same racket-sport undertones as its true-white Lampin Pro sibling, the collection-counterpart Vans x Quartersnacks Old Skool Pro welcomes a conventional royal-blue and classic-white colouring into the profile’s hefty rosta. Once more, buttery tumbled-leather is chosen for the uppers, whilst Vans’ legendary Waffle underfoot tractioning pairs well with the DURACAP and PopCush trims for boosted boardfeel and multi-directional purpose. Dark-navy foxing wraps around the midfoot for increased structural support that remains ever-loyal to the time-honoured Old Skool silhouette, with the same wide-style laces and tennis-yellow linings offering subtle reference to yesteryear pro-models from skate’s colourful past. The iconic side-wall stripe merges neatly to match the profile’s overall shade for a more refined finish, while the same debossed ‘25’ Quartersnacks branding circles back to honour Satchek’s early New York City ramblings.
Pairing monochromatic colours with shared skate-centric DNA and energy-returning functionality, the reflective Vans x Quartersnacks release offers the perfect capsulation of skate culture - celebrating cross-generational appeal, diversified identity and youthful aesthetics in a timeless yet relatable manner, even after a collaborative 55 years in the game.
The Vans x Quartersnacks release will be available online at Flatspot on Thursday 12th November at 00:00 (GMT).
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