Vans and The North Face come together to create the most technical Vans product to date in the Vault by Vans x The North Face collection. This partnership pushes the design boundaries of heritage Vans silhouettes with progressive weatherized features and proprietary The North Face technologies. The seven-piece offering includes three installments of the Sk8-Hi MTE LX and Desert Chukka MTE LX as well as a collaborative execution of the iconic The North Face Nuptse jacket.
Both founded in 1966, Vans and The North Face represent creative expression and innovation in the footwear and apparel industry. Vans’ mantra “Off the Wall” has inspired generations of unique individuals to push the envelope in their craft, presenting iconic products rooted in action sports, music, fashion, art and street culture. The North Face mirrors this sentiment in the world of outerwear, encouraging the adventurous to “Never Stop Exploring” with an extensive range of cutting-edge performance products and equipment. These globally recognized entities instill the best of both brands in the Vault by Vans x The North Face collaboration this holiday season
The Vault by Vans x The North Face partnership brings forth the Desert Chukka MTE LX in Black, Hale Navy and Toast colorways alongside the Sk8-Hi MTE LX in Black, Blue Graphite/Surf the Web and Deep Teal/Toast executions. Both silhouettes are reconstructed utilizing gusseted tongues, reversed waffle lug outsoles, Cosmo™Comfort heat retention, The North Face winterGRIP® and water-repellant leather and suede uppers. Cosmo™Comfort coating can be found between the insole and outsole where it keeps heat from escaping feet in cold environments, retaining up to 9 degrees Fahrenheit within the shoe. The North Face propriety innovation, winterGRIP® is a tacky rubber compound designed to remain soft when the temperature falls below freezing and excels on icy surfaces – 20 percent better in slip resistance than traditional rubbers in approximation.
The Desert Chukka MTE LX is lined with fleece for added warmth while DRI-LEX® materials and a HydroSeal® membrane are integrated into the build of the Sk8-Hi MTE LX. DRI-LEX® fabrics can be found in liners where their complex textiles structures and high-performance fibers yield excellent moisture redistribution and superior abrasion resistance.
Also sourced from The North Face, the HydroSeal® Waterproof membrane creates a waterproof base that allows moisture transition from the inside while it protects feet from water on the outside. Trim package details include The North Face-embossed heel strikes, Vans Off the Wall heel scab markers and co-branded footbed logos on each pair.
In addition to the Desert Chukka MTE LX and Sk8-Hi MTE LX, Vans and The North Face introduce a new take on the Nuptse Jacket, bringing the coveted checkerboard pattern to a signature outwear staple. Outfitted in a tonal black-on-black print, the Nuptse Jacket is treated with a durable water-repellant coating, lined with down insulation and double-layered in taffeta padding.
The Vault by Vans x The North Face collection laucnhes globally on October 31st, 2015 at select boutique accounts. Learn more about this special project and join the conversation by using VansxTheNorthFace.
The Vault by Vans x The North Face Collection releases globally on October 31st at the following US Vault by Vans retailers:
The Vans DQM General, Blends, Bodega, Bows & Arrows, Conveyor, Dover Street Market, The Darkside Initiative, Feature LV, Fice, Hot Rod LA, Kicks HI, Kith, Nice Kicks, Opening Ceremony, Pilgrim Surf Supply, Proper, Saint Alfred, Shoe Gallery, Sole Classics, Today Clothing, UBIQ, Undefeated, The Webster and Wish.