Over the years, Vans has become a frequent collaborator for everything from streetwear heavyweights like Supreme to classic cartoons like Spongebob Squarepants. Now, there is word that Vans will be dropping an extensive collection in collaboration with NASA to celebrate outer space.
Thanks to Instagram user @dirtymoney823, initial images of one of the pairs from the collab have surfaced online. This pair in particular is a Vans Old Skool that looks to resemble a space suit. White tumbled leather covers the upper, while a grey mesh is used on the tongue.
Other details that allude to an astronaut's suit include a removable American flag patch on the heel, NASA branding on the lateral side panel, black tongue tabs that read "Shuttle" and "Mission," respectively, and a yellow foam lining. A ridged midsole replaces the usual vulcanized rubber setup of the Old Skool to further add to the space vibes.
This is not the only pair that will be releasing. According to @StreetNightLive on Twitter, an entire capsule that will also include an orange Old Skool, Sk8-His, Slip-Ons, a backpack, and a duffel bag can be expected as well. The full NASA x Vans collection is rumored to be landing at retailers on October 1.
UPDATE (10/30): Vans has officially unveiled its "Space Voyager" collection inspired by NASA and its 60 years of space exploration. Classic Vans designs like the Sk8-Hi, Old Skool, and Slip-On are given makeovers to mimic spacesuits. Details include exposed foam, removable American flag patches, and official NASA logos. Along with footwear for the whole family, the collection will also feature space-themed apparel and accessories. The "Space Voyager" collection hits Vans stores, vans.com, and other select retailers on Nov. 2.