This week, ahead of the launch of an exciting competition we’ve got coming up, we chose the Sk8-Hi Reissue Black Checkerboard, an exclusive Bones Brigade collaboration shoe.
Following on from the exciting launch of the Cab Lite it seemed only natural to show you the Bones Brigade collaboration pack. Selected by Powell Peralta, pretty much all of the best skateboarders in the 1980′s were in the Bones Brigade team. They went on to release some of the most influential skate videos of the decade that still resonate to this day and helped create the legendary statuses of many of the skaters involved, one of which paid us a visit a few week ago (you can see some photos from Steve Caballero’s visit to the basement on the Vans blog).
‘Bones Brigade: An Autobiography’ is the most recent film, directed by Stacey Peralta and it tells the story of the Bones Brigade, from beginning to end. The documentary was part of the Sundance Film Festival and was received with critical acclaim (watch the trailer on our blog) and to celebrate the release of this long-awaited story, Vans teamed up with the Bones Brigade to create some Shoes, Clothing and Accessories that really pay homage to the era in which skateboarding got a new lease of life.
We’ve focused on the Black and White Checkerboard Sk8-Hi Reissue which celebrates a bygone era of outrageous eighties patterns and boasts a classic Vans print, with the Bones Brigade logo embroidered in the heel to give a subtle shout-out to the crew. The Bones Brigade Sk8-Hi is the best of both worlds: a reliable skate shoe and a shoe that can be worn everyday.
In terms of skating: the Sk8-Hi has the classic vulcanised construction with waffle sole to provide for maximum grip and board feel, whilst the suede and canvas upper allows for movement and flexibility in key stress points of the shoe. The upper also has padding around the ankle with a leather lining to give support during high impact landings. And in terms of day-to-day wear the waffle sole allows for a very comfortable shoe that will stay springy day in, day out.
To see the rest of the Bones Brigade collection, including a Coach Jacket and the OG Blue Sk8-Hi check out the Slam website. You can also see the full collection in store, and with every purchase in store we have some free gifts to give out (while stocks last). Next week we will also be receiving some more Bones Brigade merchandise so keep your eye out for the Crew neck and the long-sleeve t-shirts. All updates will be on the Slam website and facebook.