VANS Teams Up with KAKAO FRIENDS For A Footwear Collaboration

Listen up, fans of Kakao Friends and Vans! This is not a drill. Come 3 May, Vans will be dropping its highly anticipated collection in selected Vans retailers and online, featuring a footwear collaboration with Kakao Friends, designed by South Korean artist Hyunye.

This adorable and dreamy collection is everything we’ve ever wanted — from the classic Slip-On to the Vans Era and Old Skool silhouettes, they were perfectly designed to blend in with the Kakao Friends characters.

Hyunye has worked with Vans for several custom creations, but unlike the previous designs, this collection is more expressive as each Kakao Friends character is illustrated ‘Off The Wall’ to show their hidden personalities.

Notice that the colors of the sneakers are bright and colorful too, away from the mainstream styles.

Another addition to the collection would be the Vans Sk8-Hi sneakers in blue with blurry illustrations of the Kakao Friends characters.

And for those who love the character ‘Con’, this piece will be a favourite with its doodles lined up all over the Slip-On’s sidewall and heel back.

Though it’s not certain whether this footwear collection will be available out of Korea, one thing for sure is that it will definitely be very hot-selling the moment it releases in stores. If you’re traveling to Korea soon, you know what to bring back home!

In related news, Vans has also just announced another epic collaboration, this time with the Harry Potter theme! No news on the launch date or designs have been released yet, but for all you know, it’s gonna be really dope.



VANS Korea Created The Old Skool Mule Sneakers Because of G-Dragon!

Trendsetter G-Dragon (GD) has done it again! Eagle-eyed fans of GD would have often seen him in pictures wearing and folding the back of his VANS sneakers, which he occasionally posted on his Instagram in the past. While doing so, there were of course many people who started wearing it the same way just because it’s a part of GD’s fashion.

Albeit unintentionally, GD’s stylish way of donning the sneakers has got the actual brand creating a new type of sneakers after the fashionista!

In a recent Instagram post shared by @gq_korea, it reads:

After G-Dragon folded the back of his VANS sneakers, a lot of people started doing so and wearing their sneakers the same way. Hence, VANS has created the Old Skool Mule. It will not be inconvenient or uncomfortable to fold the back of your sneakers anymore.

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Because of GD, the original Old Skool sneakers went out of stock in Asia as well. Talk about the influence of trendsetter GD when he was just simply dressed up in his comfortable outfit and shoes!

Are you one of those who folds your sneakers like GD too? Check out this video to see how VANS sneakers are donned the GD-style!

(P.S. Serious talk though, VANS should really consider engaging GD as their next model after his military discharge! Do you agree?)