Vans x Awake NY
by Stephen Garner

Vans and Angelo Baque’s Awake NY have teamed up in a bi-coastal collaboration consisting of three takes on the Classic Sk8-Hi sneaker. Combining Vans’ classic California cool with Awake NY’s New York roots, the Vans x Awake NY collaboration centers on a unique take on Vans’ classic checkerboard pattern.

Arriving in pink/black, green/blue, and blue/red, each style in the Vans x Awake NY Sk8-Hi collection features Batik swatches, which use a wax-resistant dye and a digitally printed checkerboard pattern, providing a worn-in look right out of the box. Edge-painted side stripes add a nuanced detail and are complemented by Awake NY’s logo subtly debossed on the shoe’s lateral forefoot. Classic Vans details like a white jazz stripe on the quarters, suede toe boxes, and white vulcanized midsoles finalize each look.

The Vans x Awake NY Sk8-Hi collection is also spotlighted in a special lookbook starring recording artist, designer, and Griselda Records founder Westside Gunn. The lookbook was shot by photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis.

“It’s exciting that Awake NY can serve as a conduit between the East and West Coasts. A partner like Vans truly complements us, and vice versa,” said Angelo Baque, founder of Awake NY. “As with all our collaborations, the community is the foundation. We’re looking forward to working with Fresh Youth Initiatives, and Children of Promise, NY. With the power of Vans, Greenhouse, and Foot Locker behind us, we’re truly able to make a difference.”

Each pair of the Vans x Awake NY Sk8-Hi collection, which retails for $90, will be available beginning October 15th via the Awake website and exclusively on Greenhouse October 20th and will be available for purchase exclusively at Foot Locker on October 22nd.