Vans Honors Frida Kahlo With a Shoe Collection Featuring Her Iconic Artwork

Vault by Vans is launching a new line in honor of late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who was best known for her self-portraits and works inspired by Mexico. The collaboration is a meticulous curation of Kahlo’s paintings printed onto Vans classic silhouettes, available June 29 at select Vault by Vans retailers.

OG Authentic LX, Frida Kahlo x Vans, Vault by Vans shoes
Frida Kahlo x Vans collection.
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The shoes will be sold in LX form, meaning they will be finished with premium materials. The line includes a revamped version of the three most popular Vans styles: an OG S8-Hi LX, which features Frida’s self-portrait alongside a dark green toe cap.

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Frida Kahlo x Vans collection.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Vans
Frida Kahlo x Vans, Vault by Vans shoes
Frida Kahlo x Vans collection.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Vans

The OG Authentic LX is reimagined as Kahlo’s still life art, featuring her watermelon print. The OG Slip-On LX will celebrate Kahlo’s famed 1940 painting, “Self Portrait With Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird.” The top of the shoe will include a print of Frieda wearing a thorn necklace with a humming bird dangling from it.

All of the sneakers incorporate a vulcanized sole and crushed leather-cushioned heel liner.

The celebrated artist employed folk-art style in her work that explored questions of identity, post colonialism, gender, class and race in Mexican society.

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