There are certain prints that are immediately evocative of the artists who designed them. A smattering of irregularly sized red dots? Yayoi Kusama, naturally. An array of single-hued cats and sparrows on a pastel background? That’s Miu Miu. And for those who are familiar with the print catalog of deep cuts, a jagged and arched pattern of lightning bolts can mean only one thing: Eley Kishimoto.
Now, the London-based design house is collaborating with Vans on collection of slip-ons, high-tops, boots, and apparel featuring its iconic “Flash” and “Magnolia” prints, and has also created three custom ones for the skate label, including the delightfully named “Whopping Waffle,” “Drums,” and “Bumpy Road.” And if you're the kind of person who'd normally turn down a crazy print, a patterned shoe is actually a really great way to pep up a solid-colored wardrobe — it's far enough south to not be distracting, but enough of a statement to send compliments your way all day.
As always, the collection is ever-affordable, as items will range from $15 to $70. The collection was supposed to launch tomorrow, but by some internet miracle (praise be, e-commerce gods), most products are available for purchase right now.