Vans has just released a new capsule collaboration that’s literally out of this world, partnering with none other than NASA to celebrate the space agency’s 60th anniversary in the fall.
Available in both Old Skool and Sk8-Hi variations for adults (as well as a Slip-On for kids) in multiple colourways, I picked up the low tops in “Firecracker” spacesuit orange. There quite a few features in the Space Voyager Collection setting the sneakers apart.
For starters, the Old Skools have NASA text running across the side panel, tongue tags that read “Shuttle” on one and “Mission on the other,” and American flag velcro patches on each heel. Rather than the usual plain midsole, there are raised ridges running along the front and rear sections inspired by the original moon boots. The classic rubber waffle outsoles remain, finished in a gradient pattern.
One of the best things about the shoe is the incredible leather quality found all over the upper, the softest I have ever personally felt on a pair of Vans. One of the worst? The exposed foam edges — blame the Off-White x Nike deconstructed trend — around the collar that people online have already reported tearing after a few wears.
Fitting a tiny bit bigger than usual, feel free to purchase in your normal Old Skool size. If you’re lucky, you might still find some pairs sitting in boutiques depending on the location as this release wasn’t as hyped as others like last year’s North Face collab, for whatever reason. Don’t hold out too much hope looking for the True White pair, as those were more limited and sold out nearly instantly.
If you’re feeling creative, and/or perhaps aren’t super keen on advertising the U.S., the flag patches are removable and can be swapped out for anything utilizing a hook and loop fastener. I replaced mine with the maple leafs seen in the photos found at a neighbourhood army surplus store.