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Taka Hayashi’s indelible mark on Classic silhouettes and tireless effort to challenge conventions of sneaker designs can be felt in every piece he touches. For his latest Vault by Vans release, the renowned designer and artist presents two capsules that truly epitomize his footwear craftsmanship across a selection of iconic Vans styles. The dual offering introduces a high-end take on the Mid Skool alongside huarache-inspired renditions of the Era and Sk8-Hi.

The TH Sk8 Mid Skool LX is a refined approach to the Mid Skool form. Offered in a trio of colors, Hayashi’s deluxe mid-top showcases intricate detailing across the range with diamond-embossed quarter panels, accent stitched ankle counters, herringbone-molded toe bumper and pressed midsole. The TH Sk8 Mid Skool LX surfaces in Honey, Light Gray and Total Eclipse colorways in a premium material mix of leather, suede and nubuck.

Influenced by traditional huarache-crafting techniques, the TH Era Huarache LX and TH Sk8 Huarache LX are presented in a four-piece set. The Bordo editions of the Era Huarache and Sk8 Huarache combine dark leather uppers with wool accents at the midfoot section of the low-top and medial sides of the high-top. The Mustang executions of each silhouette exhibit a softer appearance, hued in light tones and fashioned in premier pig suede and Italian woven textiles. Stylized perforations, laser-etched accents, rawhide laces and metal eyelets complete the Huarache-inspired aesthetic of the Era and Sk8-Hi.

The Vault by Vans x Taka Hayashi TH Sk8 Mid Skool LX, TH Era Huarache LX and TH Sk8 Huarache LX release this October at key Vault by Vans retailers.

Vault by Vans x Taka Hayashi – TH Sk8 Mid Skool LX:

Available October 2014
TH Sk8 Mid Skool LX in (Leather) Light Gray – $140 MSRP
TH Sk8 Mid Skool LX in (Leather) Total Eclipse – $140 MSRP
TH Sk8 Mid Skool LX in (Nubuck) Honey – $140 MSRP

Vault by Vans x Taka Hayashi – TH Era LX & TH Sk8 Huarache LX:

Available October 2014

TH Era Huarache LX in Bordo – $140 MSRP
TH Era Huarache LX in Mustang – $140 MSRP
TH Sk8 Huarache LX in Bordo – $180 MSRP
TH Sk8 Huarache LX in Mustang – $180 MSRP

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