I've always been very unsure as to whether I've liked the designs Vans have produced in the past, hence the reason I have never owned a pair. However, just recently I have grown interested in the brand and quite fond of it's collection, especially the new Vans Classics Fall 2010 collection, which delivers some great designs if the lookbook is anything to go by.
The pictures included in the lookbook obviously capture the lifestyle associated with the brand, placing the nicely trainers nicely in the surroundings to make them look as if they are naturally a part of that lifestyle. The lookbook images show a number of new exciting designs in the new collection, including new versions of the classic Chukka Boot, Old Skool, Era, and Authentic models.
The highlight for me is without doubt the new versions of the Vans Era, which can be seen in the 8th picture below. The model by itself is for me the a great design, a simple style which is comfortable and adaptable to different styles of clothing. This has only been enhanced by the introduction of new materials and colourways in the Fall 2010 collection. Each design features two colourings, one dominating the the front and back of the canvas, whilst the other colour takes the upper area of the shoe. The different coloured areas also are created from different materials, with the front and back of the canvas featuring suede against the textile material of the upper. To finish off this beautiful design, the shoe includes the chunky white rubber outsole, which complements the colourings and in my opinion completes the design of the trainer.
These trainers are out now, so visit your nearest independent shoe/trainer retailer to find them (I know for definite Size? and Office are stocking the Vans Era's). You will also be able to find these online at either http://www.size.co.uk or http://www.vans.co.uk. Enjoy the images from the Fall 2010 lookbook below.
Vans Classics - Fall 2010 Lookbook: