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Taka Hayashi x Vault by Vans Holiday 2014 TH Sk8 Mid Skool LX

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The latest addition to Vans Vault‘s latest Taka Hayashi-designed “TH Huarache” pack comes in the form of a mid-top version of the brand’s iconic Sk8-Hi sneaker. A diamond- quilted upper and off-white detailing give the sneakers somewhat of a luxe vibe, available in Total Eclipse, Light Grey and Honey colorways. The sneakers are set to release alongside the rest of the “TH Huarache” pack in October at select Vans Vault retailers.
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Vault by Vans x Taka Hayashi TH Half Cab LX & TH Court Hi LX

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aka Hayashi returns to his roots in authentic sneaker design for his latest Vault by Vans collection. For his ninth instalment of footwear, the designer revisits the forms of iconic Vans silhouettes to introduce a new take on the Half Cab alongside his reinterpretation of the Sk8-Hi. Available in black and classic blue iterations, the TH Half Cab LX brings back the style of ’80s and early ‘90s on the original Half Cab with pattern blocking, colors and graphics utilized in each design are influenced by street fashion of the era. Taka adds his own twist to the mid-top as he details each pair with batik-inspired prints throughout the upper and midsole. Perforated paneling, custom embroidery and revamped Half Cab branding finish each pair.

 

Debuting in classic blue and syrah renderings, the TH Court Hi LX is a re-imagining of the Sk8-Hi infused with vintage athletic sneaker styling. The premium aesthetic presents deluxe suede and canvas upper construction, padding-free ankle wrap and tonal stitching which retraces the sidestripe and ribbed collar featured on the original Sk8-Hi. Hayashi has also reworked Van Doren Hawaiian imagery, dubbed the TH Paradise print, which spreads across the quarter panels and tongue fragments of the TH Court Hi LX. Both silhouettes will arrive at select retailers this September.

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Taka Hayashi X VANS Vault Derby TH LX

In a very abstract sense, this seems like a recipe for disaster: take a brogue and add native inspiration. Brogue shoes are one of the breakout hits of the past year, and native design influence is obviously a huge trend that isn’t yet dead – yet these two trends come from entirely disparate worlds. VANS Vault has done justice to both influences in the Derby TH LX – with ample help from Taka Hayashi. As a brogue, it has the quintessential suede upper (with a standard brogue cut), and a layered crepe sole. The native influence – and specifically the triangle pattern – are Taka signatures, which we’ve seen throughout his design for Vans, notably on the Akat, for example. In the Derby TH LX, the triangle pattern is very reserved, and mimics the perforated suede that might be found on a Prada or Bruno Magli loafer. The Derby TH LX is entirely unique though, with inspired details, and Taka has created another beautiful shoe for Vans.