words // Zack Schlemmer

Vans Syndicate honors skateboarding legend Wade Speyer with a special collection containing the Sk8-Hi '91 Pro "S" and Sk8-Lo "S" done up in colorways designed by Speyer, himself.  

Both shoes are constructed with premium suede and canvas uppers in black with contrasting white stitching.  Each model also features "Speyer" branding on the tongue and plaid lining, modeled after Speyer's usual garment of choice, a flannel shirt.

In the Nineties, Wade Speyer was a pioneer among a new generation of skateboarders that gave rise to the likes of Vans legend John Cardiel [Wade is Cardiel’s all-time favorite skateboarder] and continues to this day in the all-terrain terrors of Tony Trujillo and his ilk.

Equally at home skating transitions as he was out in the streets, Wade’s path of destruction led to the first documented trick on S.F.’s infamous Hubba Hideout (R.I.P.)and multiple covers of Thrasher magazine, seemingly every other month, until it all ended abruptly, and too soon for those of us here at Syndicate, when Wade chose to walk and not fade away.

Wade decided to work with two classically inspired silhouettes, the Sk8-Hi ’91 Pro “S” and Sk8-Low “S”, with Wade’s signature flannel-printed linings and custom graphics package.
Look for both models in the Wade Speyer Collection now at Vans Syndiacate stockists, including Concepts.