Vans and outdoor brand The North Face have come together to create the sneaker brand’s most technical product to date with the debut of the Vault by Vans x The North Face collection.
The collection combines Vans’ heritage silhouettes with weatherized features and proprietary technologies from The North Face. The seven-style series includes three installments of the Vans Sk8-Hi MTE LX and Desert Chukka MTE LX as well as a collaborative execution of The North Face Nuptse jacket.
The Desert Chukka MTE LX is available in black, hale navy and toast color ways, while the Sk8-Hi MTE LX is done in black, blue graphite/surf the web and deep teal/toast. Both utilize gusseted tongues, reverse waffle lug outsoles, Cosmo Comfort heat retention, The North Face winterGrip and water-repellent leather and suede uppers. Cosmo Comfort coating can be found between the insole and outsole where it keeps heat from escaping feet in cold weather, retaining up to 9 degrees Fahrenheit within the shoe.
The North Face proprietary innovation, winterGRIP is a tacky rubber compound designed to remain soft when the temperature falls below freezing and excels on icy surfaces.
The Desert Chukka MTE LX is line with fleece for added warmth while Dri-Lex materials and a HydroSeal membrane are integrated into the build of the Sk8-Hi MTE LX. The HydroSeal membrane creates a waterproof base that allows moisture transition from the inside while it protects feet from water on the outside.
The Desert Chukka retails at $130; the Sk8-Hi MTE LX at $120, and the jacket at $300. The entire collection launches globally on Oct. 31 at select boutique accounts.