Vans goes coast to coast with its latest collaboration. The California-based company is linking up with Angelo Baque’s Awake NY to release three versions of the classic Sk8-Hi.
Unveiled in a lookbook starring Westside Gunn shot by Shaniqwa Jarvis, the Awake NY x Vans Sk-8 will arrive in pink/black, green/blue, and blue/red colorways. Each style comes with suede uppers, edge-painted side stripes, and white vulcanized midsoles. The checkerboard pattern is placed using a wax-resistant dyeing technique known as Batik, providing a worn-in look. Subtle Awake brading is printed on the aglets and debossed on the lateral forefoot. The NY streetwear label will be donating funds to Fresh Youth Initiatives and Children of Promise, NY with this release.
“It’s exciting that Awake NY can serve as a conduit between the East and West Coasts. A partner like Vans truly complements us, and vice versa,” says Awake NY founder Angelo Baque. “As with all our collaborations, the community is the foundation. We’re looking forward to working with Fresh Youth Initiatives, and Children of Promise, NY. With the power of Vans, Greenhouse, and Foot Locker behind us, we’re truly able to make a difference.”
Awake NY x Vans Sk8-Hi
Release Date: October 15, 2021 (Awake NY)
Release Date: October 20, 2021 (Greenhouse)
Release Date: October 22, 2021 (Foot Locker)
Price: $90 USD