Damn Kanye, back at it again with the white Vans! Yup, the stylish star is making good on his “somedays I’m in my Yeezys, somedays I’m in my Vans” line as his current rotation boasts Season 3 350s, Steve Caballero signatures, gum-bottomed 750s and now a custom pair of Vans Old Skools.
Part punk, part reminiscent of the ‘his and her’s’ leather jackets worn after his wedding, Kanye’s custom Vans Old Skools sport a mix of notepad scribbles and stencil level detailing. A white/black base likely ditches canvas for leather for easier customization, sporting references to his wife Kim with her name in a heart along with “It’s Never The End” stamping the left heel. Aside from that, we also find stars on the midsole, the text “Nicholas Cage Fighter” and a variety of quotes and doodles.Kanye West Wears Custom Vans Old Skools in Cali Kanye West Wears Custom Vans Old Skools in Cali
For those looking to put their own Sharpie stamp on a pair of kicks, a similar (perhaps the same) pair of Vans Old Skools are available now online at Vans (editor’s note: props to whoever buys the red pair and uses white marker).
Also, for anyone thinking Kanye wearing Old Skools is adding flame to the fire of Yeezy heading to Vans, it’s not. Kanye is very much still with adidas (they funded the Season 3 show at MSG) and Vans does not pay for people to wear their kicks, though they do collaborate with artists and endorse skaters.
Kanye has been wearing Vans off and on since his Late Registration days, ranging from the Authentic to the Sk8-Hi. It should also be noted that new Kanye consultant Ian Connor is a big fan of the Old Skool, lacing Wiz Khalifa in said silo during the time period they worked together. Kanye collaborators Theophilus London and Travi$ Scott have been major wearers of the Old Skool for years now (note: Travi$ recently wore custom Sk8-His), and while we’re on the subject of custom/draw-on Vans, of course we can’t forget Tyler the Creator, who has been rocking Vans while doodling on them seemingly forever (as have many skaters).
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