Advisory Board Crystals, the rebellious provocateurs of streetwear fashion, initially caused a stir among sneakerheads with their audacious collaboration with Vans. Heather Haber and Remington Guest, the daring co-founders, fearlessly declared, “We crafted a shoe for us, for our brand, and for our followers… and we’re perfectly content with that.” However, their latest partnership with Vans demonstrates a shift towards a more inclusive approach.
Teased in the Fall/Winter 2023 lookbook of Advisory Board Crystals, the Abc. x Vans Sk8-Hi embraces a more familiar and approachable silhouette. As a time-honored icon in both the skateboarding community and popular culture for over forty years, the high-top skate shoe is a safe bet for their second collaboration. Unlike the previous “Beige/Brown/Olive” color scheme, these fresh Sk8-Hi models dabble in “Black/White” and “Navy,” effortlessly captivating a wider audience.
But don’t be misled by the seemingly straightforward color palette. The Abc. Sk8-Hi still manages to defy conventions with its unorthodox arrangement. This collection, envisioned as an intriguing fusion of athleticism, intellect, and awareness, encompasses three variations of the iconic silhouette. Haber and Guest, known for their unrivaled attention to detail, have skillfully tampered with proportions and introduced innovative materials like ripstop nylon and suede, all embellished with jazz stripes. They have also ingeniously incorporated the lacing system and authentication hologram from their previous collaboration. Practical enhancements like pull tabs and an inner bootie component take comfort and functionality to dizzying heights. Naturally, the unmistakable “Abc.” branding triumphantly emerges throughout this trio, notably adorning the tip of the reinforced midsole.
While a precise release date for the Abc. x Vans Sk8-Hi collaboration is yet to be confirmed, Haber and Guest have enthusiastically assured Sneaker News that these must-have kicks will hit the shelves this fall. Unlike the more exclusive Abc. EVDNT EXT ULTI, anticipate these models to be more readily available at your favorite Vans retailers.
So, all you die-hard enthusiasts of Advisory Board Crystals and Vans, stay alert for updates on this highly anticipated release. And in the meantime, marvel at the sensational CLOT x adidas Originals collection, recently unveiled at Shanghai Fashion Week. The world of footwear awaits, ready to wow you with unforgettable designs!