Skater Boy; a flappy haired boy carrying around a skateboard, dressed in baggy clothing and a pair of scuffed-up, thick soled shoes – a pair of Vans.
Back in the 70s, Vans became the skateboarders shoe of choice. Skaters loved this ‘waffle’ sole pair of shoes that made what they were doing look even cooler. Later when a famous American actor, Sean Penn, wore on pair of Vans slip-ons in a classic high school movie where he played a stoner-surfer-burnout type of dude, the brands image was perfectly defined. It was the brand for the ultimate ‘cool kid.’
Fast forward to today, you are guaranteed to spot a pair of classic black & white Vans Old Skool’s at every corner (no, really! Just take a trip to Braamfontein, Johannesburg on a Saturday). The Vans aesthetic has changed and we love it, from a wider selection of shoes to clothing – much like the black t-shirt and windbreaker I am wearing.
The first look is more street style, a mini leather skirt to go with a ‘borrowed from the boys’ windbreaker – paired with a black T-shirt and heeled boots. The second look is all about comfort; I grabbed his favourite baggy t-shirt, threw on a pair of Vans Sk8-hi’s & leather jacket and I was ready to go. Simple! Vans clothing is verstaile; it is fit for both male & female. It is minimal, simple and comfortable.
A mix of sports, art, music and street culture. Vans is truly a youth culture brand.
Images by: Andrew Berry
Look 1: Windbreaker – Vans/ Shirt – 32 Clothing / Skirt – Mr Price / Shoes – 32 Clothing
Look 2: T-Shirt – Vans / Leather Jacket – Foschini / Shoes – Vans