This shot comes courtesy of Retronaut, as a visual record of what skate culture looked like before the era of Vans and oversized tees. Not too shabby.
Most of us have a loose pair of cloth sneakers kicking around the back of our closet, whether it’s Chucks, plimsolls or something even more summery. After a few summers, they usually look a little worse for wear—and become prime candidates for a little experimentation.
As morally unimpeachable bloggers, we’re usually above the base temptations of swag. But these raincoat-vinyl Vans may be the exception. These were sent along from New York’s MacBar in a perfect mac-and-cheese yellow, and we’re a little surprised no one thought of it before. A low-top galosh sneaker is pretty much perfect for casual raingear—and canvas was getting a little played out anyway. Say hello to our new favorite pair of Vans.
*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*
Yes, we know what you’re thinking: *What the hell is he doing here?* Certainly no-one in their right mind would call larger-than-life art world provocateur Julian Schnabel well dressed, but you’ve got to admit he’s got a lot of style—inimitable and even unenviable as it might be. When he first started wearing pajamas in public we were more than a bit skeptical; but when he threw some cashmere on top we started to see the light.
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