This spring, Vans commemorates the life and legacy of David Bowie with a collection of unisex footwear and apparel for adults and toddlers. Drawing inspiration from some of Bowie’s most influential works and many colorful personas, this collaboration celebrates a joint force between Vans and “the man who fell to earth”—two entities who for decades have championed the different and the strange, leaving a lasting impression on generations. The Vans and David Bowie collection lands in select Vans retail stores and online April 5.
David Bowie is a truly immortal artist whose body of work revolutionized sound and vision, leaving a legacy of innovation and reinvention that will live on forever. For this collection, Vans designers were inspired by iconic Bowie imagery throughout his career from 1969’s Space Oddity all the way to his final album, 2016’s ★.
The Vans x David Bowie collection kicks off with a five-piece apparel and accessories capsule, with each style designed to represent remarkable moments from the Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust album covers to the Serious Moonlight tour.
The footwear collection begins by dedicating Vans Classic Era to Bowie’s first hit single “Space Oddity” from 1969. Vans’ first skate shoe showcases varying hues of blue and green and cylindrical shapes that matches back to the album art cover. The Era is finished with a black sole that is accented with the album name on the medial and tonal design details on the lateral sides.
The Slip-On 47 V has been reimagined to include fuzzy checkerboard uppers reminiscent of the coat seen on Bowie on the Hunky Dory album artwork. The slip-on is accented by yellow suede uppers and is finished with the artist’s moniker on the pull-tab.
The Sk8-Hi Platform 2.0 pays tribute to Bowie’s glam rock alter-ego Ziggy Stardust. The platform style is decked out in red patent leather and features an embossed Bowie lettering and black platform sole. Paying homage to Bowie’s inclusive nature, Vans will be offering the Sk8-Hi Platform style in an extended size range for men and women.
Vans’ Old Skool is dedicated to David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album and includes pearlescent pebbled leather uppers accented by the iconic red and blue lightning bolt and finished with Vans’ Sidestripe. The two renowned motifs merge on the Sk8-Hi model which has checkerboard printed sidewall and includes the Bowie lightning bolt logo lock-up overlaid across the ubiquitous print and Sidestripe.
David Bowie’s last album, ★ is highlighted across Vans Classic Slip-On model. Using a combination of canvas and suede uppers, the vamp includes a vinyl star while the tonal black outsole includes an embossed star. The Slip-On is completed with a galaxy of stars on the footbed as a tribute to Bowie’s legacy.
Even the youngest of David Bowie fans can pay homage to the prolific artist with a two-pair collection of footwear including the Sk8-Hi Zip and Old Skool V models that match back to the Bowie and Aladdin Sane adult styles.
The Vans x David Bowie collection is available for a limited time in select Vans retail stores and online at vans.eu/bowie on April 5.
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