So far this year, a lot of our shopping budget has gone toward limited-edition Vans. First, there was the glittery, shimmery loveliness that came out of its collaboration with Opening Ceremony (and that we couldn't scoop up fast enough). The brand's latest collection is less sparkly, but it's no less exciting — especially for hardcore Vans fans. Its new range brings it all the way back to the early days of its original factory/retail store in Anaheim, California, which opened for business in 1966.
The Anaheim Factory pack is a capsule of Vans' most well-known silhouettes, reissued in their earliest form. While there hasn't been a major shift in the shoes' aesthetic throughout the company's 50-year history, some Vans kicks did, in fact, look a bit different back in the day: they had a heavier canvas composition, suede accents, and a higher sidewall, which had a slight sheen to it as a result of its vulcanization process at the time, according to a statement —and all of those O.G. qualities are present in the reissue.
On the occasion of this nostalgic pack, Vans also reintroduced the original number system the Anaheim facility used to designate styles: 44 for the Authentic, 36 for the Old Skool, and 38 for the Sk8-Hi. Plus, it brought back a select number of colors from its original factory selection that have been mostly out of commission for years, including racing red, mineral green, and light grey.
This relaunch is part of the company's larger "Not Just One Thing" campaign promoting its Classics and their history. Seeing as you can't find Old Skools or Authentics in these shades (or this particular rendition) outside of the Vans archive or someone's own personal collection, the release will likely make a lot of Vans fans very happy.
For $75 to $85, you, too, can own a little piece of sneaker history. (Sofia Richie has already found a favorite in the Old School 36 in brown/light blue.) You can pick out your own pair in Vans stores and on its website right now.
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