News Tagged ‘Vans Syndicate’

Vans Syndicate X Max Schaaf Mountain Edition 4 Q “S”

Monday, October 26th, 2015




Widely known for his creativity on a wooden plank with four wheels as he is on two wheels riding American iron, veteran skateboarder and motorcycle builder Max Schaaf has once again teamed up with Vans Syndicate. The pair first teamed up back in 2009 and now to celebrate Syndicates 10th anniversary he’s back with a new creation, the Vans Syndicate X Max Schaaf Mountain Edition 4 Q “S”, a premium, heavy duty, mid-top, marking the fourth release in the anniversary series. Schaaf’s rugged style is is emphasized in this re-imagined silhouette, boasting military grade leathers, design details specifically inspired by bikes, skateboarding and Schaaf’s home town of Oakland, CA. The timeless design comes in an all black , full grain leather construction.




The 4 Q “S” also features a raised collar for increased ankle protection, has interior warrior suede and heat resistant linings. Custom debossed logo detail on the upper and the tongue, a really cool Vans Syndicate logo in the Velcro strap! Custom Max Schaaf tank art on the sock liner plus signature Syndicate 10th anniversary gold logo. All that combined with Vans Ultracrush HD foot-beds and original waffle gum sole.













There is a really interesting interview with Schaaf up on the Vans Syndicate website so click here and give it a read!


Like the majority of the anniversary Syndicates stock is again limited so as always get them while you still can!


Why not have a look at all the Vans Syndicate range here






Vans Syndicate X Andy Kessler Sk8-Hi Reissue NYC “S”

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015


Celebrating a decade of Vans Syndicate would not be complete without a tribute to a proper skateboard icon. This October Vans Syndicate have released the Sk8-Hi Reissue NYC “S” inspired by the east coast legend, Andy Kessler. Thought as one of the original pioneers of New York skateboarding in the 1970’s and 1980’s, Kessler was an integral part of graffiti and skate crew The Soul Artists of New York, considered by some as the New York version of the Z-Boyz crew from Dogtown in Santa Monica, California. Kessler went on to spearhead a number of skateboard initiatives within the city, including working with the Parks Department to build the first skatepark in Manhattan at 108th Street in Riverside park, earning him the nickname “Grandmaster of 108” . He went on to design and build parks throughout the five boroughs and beyond. Unfortunately Kessler past away in August 2009 after an allergic reaction to a bee sting but will always be remembered for his dedicated community work building public skateparks, inspiring locals and skateboarders from all walks of life.




Vans Syndicate presents the Andy Kessler Sk8-Hi Reissue NYC “S” in the original premium leather and nubuck silhouette , with the bright blue shoelaces that Kessler used to personalize all of his Sk8-Hi’s with.




The Upper construction features outlast temperature management linings and perforated nubuck panels for maximum protection and ventilation. For that extra little bit of a personal touch, the custom heel scab is reference to old NYC subway tokens from Andy’s childhood.




The Sk8-Hi NYC “S” also features Vans Ultracrush HD footbeds, Vans original waffle gum sole and the signature Syndicate 10th anniversary artwork in gold on the footbeds.




Like with the majority of the anniversary Syndicates stock is limited, so get yours while you can!

you can see all of our Vans Syndicate range here



Vans Syndicate x Golf Wang

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015




Vans Syndicate x Golf Wang release is just around the corner. The first release of three which was available in 2013 flew of the shelves. As you can imagine, so did the second last year. It’s now time for round 3 so this is a warning to those it may consider! Be at the ready people because this drop has already had a substantial amount of interest! Constant incoming calls/emails asking the obvious. Stuttering voices have been flowing into the phone microphones asking when they’ll be released? What time? How much? Will they go online? Can I buy them all? The world is collapsing as we speak. To prevent world panic all the information needed is right here….



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This year you can expect to see each shoe featured in the image above go on sale at 10 pm on the 26/9/15. I would arrive early as we are already expecting a queue first thing Saturday morning. First come, first served. They were first previewed on Tyler’s Instagram page, this particular release is centered around the Old Skool silhouette. This iteration is constructed with panels of ostentatiously bold orange, blue, yellow and pink, and likely relates back to Golf Wang’s own apparel collection for Fall 2015. Costing you just £84.95 per pair. Take a closer look at each individual pair below…



His palms are sweaty.


golf-wang-x-vans-2015-old-skool-collection-2Knees weak.



Arms are heavy.



There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti.


Due to the high demand, we will be applying the one pair per person rule so hopefully as many of you will be able to purchase the shoe you want. It is highly unlikely but if any are left over they will be put online. To be honest I can’t see there being many left so make sure your first in line!




You can keep up with Tyler, The Creator  by following him on Twitter !





Luke Meier X Vans Syndicate Seylynn S

Monday, September 21st, 2015


Introducing the Luke Meier X Vans Syndicate Seylynn S




To help celebrate the 10nth anniversary of Vans Syndicate, they have asked once head of design at Supreme, Luke Meier to work on a shoe for them. What he came up with is now known as the Seylynn S, it was based upon the Zero Low which was released in 2010 whilst he was still at Supreme. Now creative director with menswear label OAMC, he often likes to challenge the ‘norm’, merging together high end fashion with streetwear function and the Seylynn S is just that, the elegant shoe silhouette has been transformed into a fully functional Vans skateboarding classic. Like the other collections from Vans Syndicate, only the best materials are used, Meier has opted for an all white buttery premium nubuck leather construction with the inclusion of a classic rubber vulcanized sole, reinforced ollie patch on the toe panel, Vans ultracrush HD footbeds and it has the signature Syndicate 10th anniversary artwork in gold on the footbeds. Perhaps the best way to describe the thought process behind the shoe would be from the man himself, so here are a few words from him that we borrowed, taken from his Syndicate interview.




This year marks the 10th year anniversary of Syndicate. We are bringing back some of favourite shoes and collaborations. Is the anniversary model a colour you wanted to make before? What was the process behind the updated version? 



It’s actually a colour I never really imagined, but when the guys approached me with the idea I thought it was fresh. The updated version was mostly put together by the Syndicate guys. I had some input, but it’s really been their initiative.



Was designing the Vans Syndicate shoe a new experience for you at the time? Tell me a little bit about your background at Supreme as well as school and how that informed this shoe.



It was a new experience because while I’d worked with Vans (through Supreme) for a long time, this was the first shoe that was a completely new style that I was able to make. I started designing for Supreme in 1999, and working with James (Jebbia) and all the talented people there definitely helped to shape my approach to making things.



You designed the shoe from scratch or based on an existing model?


The upper of the shoe was designed from scratch, but we used a classic Vans vulc outsole.




Most of the time when people do shoes for Vans they are colour-ways or slightly altered versions of their classics. Do you like the classics? Did you ever wear any of them growing up?


I grew up with Vans, and have had most of their classic models at one time or another. I got my first pair when I was about 8 or 9 years old. Freshest kid in school that day … black and white checkerboard slip ons. I have always had at least one pair of Eras or Authentics ever since.



What were the styles that inspired the shoe you designed? Did you want something skateable or more fashionable?


Because the idea was ‘Destroy Luxury’, I wanted to make a skate shoe of luxurious materials that was supposed to be shredded. Even more, I wanted people who skate to really like the shoe for skating; style is the bonus. Many different people have told me that they like to skate in the shoe, so I think it was successful in that regard. There wasn’t a particular style that inspired the shoe, it was more an approach of how can I make a shoe with Vans DNA look a bit more ‘luxurious’.



Is the piece on the side for ollie protection?


Yeah. It’s the spot on a skate shoe that gets the most abuse, so I put the most luxurious material there … to be destroyed.



Was it cool to imagine people skating in the shoes?


It’s the main reason I wanted to make them. Vans and skateboarding can’t really be separated in my mind. Skateboarding has had such a profound effect on me, and Vans is part of that. For that reason I will always revere the brand.





Stock is limited on these fine pair of footwear, so be quick and get yours to avoid disappointment !


You can see all of our Vans Syndicate collection by clicking here >



Vans Syndicate x Harmony Korine

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Proud to announce that once again we at the Black Sheep along with other very selected stockists are to bring you a new Vans Syndicate collaboration,  coming to you on Saturday the 21st of March! Vans syndicate have joined forces with Harmony Korine, and are bringing you his design on a classic slip (Slip-on Pro S ) on and an eye catching Authentic model (Authentic Pro S ). For those of you who don’t know the name Harmony Korine, he is an American film directer, producer, author, screen writer and an occasional actor. He has written and directed Spring Breakers, Julien Donkey-Boy, Mister Lonely and Gummo but he is best known for writing the film Kids.


Both shoes will be available in sizes UK 7 – UK 11. Limited stock on both so be on the ball and get up early to avoid disappointment! The Slip-On Pro S is priced at £69.95 and the Authentic Pro S is priced at £79.95


Slip-On Pro S


Ultracush insole helps spread impact protection.

Duracap toe for premium protection in high-wear zones.

Classic Vans Checkerboard colourway.

Classic suede upper with a timeless Vans waffle sole.





Authentic Pro S


Classic Vans Checkerboard print, metal eyelets.

Features limited artwork printed onto the sole of the shoes.

A Pro skate specification shoe, dura toe-cap which helps durability in high-wear areas.

Classic suede & canvas upper with a timeless Vans rubber vulc sole




Propeller – The Vans Video

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015



So its finally been announced, officially,  the long awaited, highly anticipated, first-ever feature-length video from Vans will be released in May 2015! ‘Propeller’ will be directed by acclaimed skateboard film maker Greg Hunt who has worked on some of the most memorable skate videos like The DC video, Alien Workshop’s Mindfield and numerous Transworld videos like Sight Unseen and Viedeoradio to name just a few. The video will feature full parts from some of the biggest names in skateboarding alongside appearances from some of the true legends of our culture. Starring in Propeller will be Anthony Van Engelen, Tony Trujillo,  Geoff Rowley,  Gilbert Crockett,  Chima Ferguson,  Chris Pfanner,  Kyle Walker,  Daniel Lutheran,  Elijah Berle,  Pedro Barros,  Curren Caples,  Andrew Allen,  Dustin Dollin,  Jason Dill,  Omar Hassand, Rowan Zorilla with Steve Caballero,  Christian Hosoi,  Jeff Grosso,  Ray Barbee,  John Cardiel and Tony Alva.


With a line up as good as that May 2015 can’t come quick enough! The exact release date has not yet been released but keep your eyes peeled on our blog and our other social media outlets and as soon as we know we will spread the word! For know heres the official trailer, it doesnt give much away but it sure builds up the hype for the first ever Vans video!






Tuesday, July 29th, 2014


Vans syndicate presents the Rapiweld ‘S’ Pack. The pack features the Mt. Edition Mid Rapidweld “S” and Seylynn Rapidweld “S” in buttery full grain leather with premium temperature management linings. With a advanced, stitchless upper being combined with Van’s legendary vulcanized outsole, The Rapiweld S pack is yet another first from the leaders in skate performance.
The Rapiweld pack explores the unknown, paying homage and respect to a culture of classified missions led the military, the Air Force and beyond to other specialist forces. Included in the pack are a set of specialized and unique patches symbolizing these secretive operations.  


 We have limited stock available on both , which are available online now and in store so be quick to avoid disappointment!  



 Mt. Edition Mid Rapidweld “S” features full grain leather overlays, Rapidweld mesh/synthetic upper panels and full Outlast® temperature management linings. £119.95 a pair and with free delivery when purchased online.



The  Rapidweld Seylynn “S” features Full grain leather quarter panel and heel, a mesh vamp/tongue with 1.0mm rubber underlay toe cap and ollie patch with thin synthetic rapid weld adhesion and full Outlast® temperature management linings. £89.95 a pair and again don’t forget free delivery for online purchases! 





Vans Syndicate Neil Blender

Monday, March 10th, 2014


It’s a surprise this blog post ever made it to the publish button due to the time I could spend trawling the web reminiscing at one of the most iconic skaters in the whole of skateboarding’s history. Yes I know, very strong opening statement but Neil Blender is what most see as the very essence of skateboarding, simply put he’s just one of them guys that stands completely alone and probably invented the phrase “Marching to the beat of a different drummer.”


So the reason/excuse for this post is the good folk at Vans Syndicate have come through with this powerful collaboration from the man himself. First up is the Authentic Pro “S” in the Washed out Grey featuring Blender artwork around the out sole along with the Ultracush HD cushioning we’ve come to expect from the Syndicate range. These are obviously a take on the original and probably most recognizable Vans shoes but with that added extra comfort and higher grade materials used across the whole makeup. Second up is the skaters favorite Chukka Low WC “S” in Suede, and washed canvas upper which incorporates the Vans patented Wafflecup sole unit to give this normally Vulcanized shoe a completely different feel and more supported fit.


We’re being told the UK release will be early March but you can keep checking back to Vans Syndicate on our website or alternatively give us a follow on our Instagram for daily updates.



So back to the self indulgent part of this post, scan below and get all nostalgic with the true legend that is Neil Blender.

















Vans Syndicate ‘Spider’

Monday, February 24th, 2014


The dynamic duo of the skateboarding world Anthony Van Engelen (better known as AVE) and Jason Dill continue on their quest to produce collaborative projects, presented by Vans Syndicate.


The Vans Syndicate AV Native American Low “Spider” boast a monochrome theme with a black canvas base with custom white spider web graphics, white sole and a retro style leather tongue tab. These limited Vans Syndicates also include a limited edition sticker pack to go hand in hand with this mighty fine collaboration.


Available now in-store at our Church St. store in Manchester City Center and online shortly.





Vans Syndicate X Odd Future UK Release for the ‘Wolf Gang’ Old Skool.

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The highly anticipated Vans Syndicate X Odd Future are set to release in the UK this Saturday 15th June.


We at The Black Sheep Store have secured limited stock of 3 out of the 4 colour ways (Camel colourway due in early July) and they will be available in-store to buy from 10.30am. As you may or may not be aware we are the only official stockist for Vans Syndicate in Manchester so please get down early to avoid disappointment. Also please note this will strictly be one pair per customer sale.


We will have sizes UK 5.5 through to UK 12 available this Saturday with any left over styles/sizes being made available online early next week.


Only available at our new Northern Quarter store in Manchester-

The Black Sheep Store

59 Church Street


M4 1PD.

(Opposite Afflecks Palace.)