Vans Syndicate is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, releasing updated versions of its classic silhouettes. On Saturday, the brand is set to release the Andy Kessler Sk8-Hi Reissue NYC S, a shoe inspired by the NYC skateboarding legend.
The shoe will be available exclusively at select independent skateboard retailers and retail for $110.
Its upper is primarily black with white accents, with a white sole and gum bottom. The only additional color on the shoe is blue, which is featured in its laces. The blue laces are a nod to Kessler, who always used them in his shoes. Also a nod to Kessler is the shoe’s custom heel scab, which mimics the old NYC subway tokens he used as a child.
The shoe features premium full-grain leather and nubuck on its upper, Outlast temperature management linings, Ultracush HD footbeds boasting signature Syndicate 10th Anniversary artwork in gold, and its original waffle gum bottom.
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The reason for the brand’s latest Kessler-inspired release, according to Vans Syndicate, was due to his community work in the 1970s and 80s to build public skate parks and inspiring locals to become a part of the New York skate scene.
The brand’s last 10th anniversary release was the Seylynn S, which was designed by fashion label OAMC’s creative director and co-founder, Luke Meier. The shoe hit stores Sept. 19 and retailed for $100.