Vans is harkening back to its early days with a new capsule, the Mismatch Pack.
When Vans first began, skateboarders from Dog Town, Calif., could pop into the family-owned store and replace a broken shoe with a new one in any colorway of their choosing — which resulted in creative mix and match pairs. The new capsule offers a contemporary interpretation on mix and match, applied to three sneaker silhouettes: the Era, the Style 36 and the Slip-On.
The shoes feature a seasonably appropriate mix of colors and patterns, including bold hues and trending prints.
The most out-there of the silhouettes is the Era. The classic skate shoe, which has been around since 1976, boasts a padded collar, a waffle outsole and a two-tone upper. One Mismatch Era comes in baby blue and zebra, while the other is camo with blue laces.
The Slip-On offers the most subdued take on the trend, with one shoe in black and the other camo-print. Meanwhile, the Style 36 features opposing laces and Side Stripes, with a mix of zebra, camo, baby blue and black.
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