It's become pretty clear that the latest cool-kid thing to do is hop on the Vans train. The sneaker brand, once eponymous with SoCal skater bros, has become the shoe of choice for high-fashion lovers, spurring an never ending stream of designer collaborations and limited-edition styles which tend to sell out fast. In line with Opening Ceremony, retailers have jumped onboard with their own set of unique Vans, and it looks like Madewell has no plans on missing out.
In tandem with launching its fall sneaker shop, Madewell has teamed up with four artists to design four limited-edition sneakers: illustrator Max Dower of Unfortunate Portrait, the Austin native chain-stitch collective Ft. Lonesome, denim re-workers Claire Lampert and Stacy Daily of B Sides, and head Madewell designer Joyce Lee. All using a pair of Vans' best-selling white sk8-hi high-top sneakers, each artist added a simple design element, from embroidery to speciality to shoelaces to hand-applied patches.
To prolong the anticipation, each shoe is being released one day at a time. Ranging from only 20 to 100 pairs a piece, this makes Madewell's Vans collaboration one of the hardest to get your hands on. So if one of the sneakers are on your radar, we recommend hitting the shop first thing on the day of the launch.
While Madewell is no stranger to hosting select Vans styles on its site, this marks its first endeavor towards styles exclusively sold at the retailer. For a first look at the upcoming selection — as well as the ones that are already available — click ahead. They'll be gone before you know it.