Vans Syndicate x Defcon
Vans Syndicate have again collaborated with Defcon on a military-inspired drop with the Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro "S" Grey. The shoe's have been dispatched dressed up in Maritime Assault Suit (MAS) grey ballistic textile through the upper, a reference to a special colour variance used by English Navy special operatives. Graphically the American forces get a nod too with the Marine-esque lightening graphic to the side of both soles. Syndicate explain; "After the Naval Special Warfare developed main camouflages “AOR1” and “AOR2” for desert and tropical environments, MAS (Maritime Assault Suit) Grey was introduced by London Bridge Trading as a color variance that would provide optimum environment blending for Navy SEALs to wear while conducting VBSS (vessel boarding search & seizure) and maritime operations. Since shades of grey have a history of minimal identification and work well within most environments due to their lack of visibility/contrast across the color spectrum, Navy SEALs started utilizing MAS Grey for nighttime operations in addition to maritime operations. Developed originally for SEAL Team 6/Devgru, very few MAS Grey items were ever issued to Naval Special Warfare Operators (i.e Navy SEALs)." - Complimented by premium navy pigskin suede at the tongue, lace panel, and Jazz stripe, they are completed with a rugged reverse waffle tread outsole for maximum traction.