August 3, 2021
Vans X Octopus LTD
Available August 13th
Vans is excited to announce our first footwear and apparel collaboration with Octopus, a surf brand known for its core surf sensibility mixed with elevated, minimalist aesthetics.
Vans x Octopus | Surf | VANS
A surfer-owned-and-run company with no big investors, no one to answer to, and no rules to follow, Octopus is the best in the game when it comes to surfboard traction, bags, grips, and leashes. With shared team riders Mikey February, Dylan Graves, and Harry Bryant, it was high time for a collaboration between two rule-breaking brands committed to seamlessly blending style and performance – and never compromising one for the other.
“I’m hyped two brands that I ride for decided to party together on a collection,” Dylan said. “It feels like wedding merch that I’m so thankful for once the hangover wears off.”
Leading the first ever Vans x Octopus collaboration is the UltraRange EXO in Octopus’ signature black and crème colorway. The corduroy-inspired textured textile upper, marshmallow Sidestripe, marshmallow and black sole, and subtle Octopus branding on the heel tab align with Octopus’ restrained and clean aesthetic. This lightweight and breathable go-anywhere, do-anything shoe features all-terrain grip, a co-molded UltraCush Lite midsole for comfort, and an EXO skeleton for added support and durability. An UltraCush tongue provides ports for superior airflow, while the full rubber reverse waffle lug outsole offers traction and flexibility.
The Sk8-Hi 138 Decon SF and Classic Slip-On SF also get the Octopus treatment in luxe materials and Octopus’ go-to colorway. The Sk8-Hi features tonal marshmallow quarters, combining suede and corduroy for subtle textural variation. A black leather Sidestripe, black tongue and laces, and an emboss printed Octopus logo on the heel add the finishing touch.
Founded in 2014 by a group of friends and professional surfers, Octopus was created as a core surf brand like the ones we grew up with but with a different perspective that speaks to a more refined aesthetic and an ethos of only creating highly-tested, durable and necessary technical surfing gear. Vans latest collaboration with Octopus embodies these principles, delivering a timeless offering of truly functional pieces that can live on as staples in and out of the water.