Taka Hayashi returns to his roots in authentic sneaker design for his latest Vault by Vans collection. For his ninth installment of footwear, Taka revisits the forms of iconic Vans silhouettes to introduce a new take on the Half Cab alongside his reinterpretation of the Sk8-Hi.
Available in black and classic blue iterations, the TH Half Cab LX brings back the style of the 1980s and early ‘90s skateboarders on the original Half Cab. The pattern blocking, colors and graphics utilized in each design are influenced by street fashion of the era. Taka adds his own twist to Steve Caballero’s signature mid-top as he details each pair with batik-inspired prints throughout the upper and midsole. Perforated paneling, custom embroidery and revamped Half Cab branding finish each pair.
Debuting in classic blue and syrah renderings, the TH Court Hi LX is a re-imagining of the Sk8-Hi infused with vintage athletic sneaker styling. The premium aesthetic presents deluxe suede and canvas upper construction, padding-free ankle wrap and tonal stitching which retraces the sidestripe and ribbed collar featured on the original Sk8-Hi. Furthermore, Taka’s reworked Van Doren Hawaiian imagery, dubbed the TH Paradise print, spreads across the quarter panels and tongue fragments of the TH Court Hi LX.
The Vault by Vans x Taka Hayashi TH Half Cab LX and TH Court Hi LX arrive this September at select retailers.
Vault by Vans x Taka Hayashi TH Half Cab LX & TH Court Hi LX:
Available September 2013
TH Half Cab LX in (Batik) Black
TH Half Cab LX in (Batik) Classic Blue
TH Court Hi LX in (TH Paradise) Classic Blue
TH Court Hi LX in (TH Paradise) Syrah