Vault by Vans x Ralph Steadman: Why you need this new animal-loving collection
Find out when and where you can shop this collaborative shoe capsule that gives love to endangered species.
Vault by Vans is collaborating with British artist Ralph Steadman and WildAid to spread awareness around endangered species, especially the ones who are at risk of extinction. Ralph Steadman has taken over the shoe's canvas and made it his own. The popular shoe styles, the Vans Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On have been re-imagined in a new and exciting way. From what we can see, paint splatter and hallucinogenic illustrations can be seen throughout all the designs. It's an expressive way of bringing urgent attention to threatened animals. Ralph has utilised a playful approach to address this sensitive yet important manner – and we love the results!
What's included in the animal-loving collection? You can shop a range of footwear and apparel pieces, which are all designed with the most sustainable materials available. Each piece represents an endangered species and we love this idea.
To celebrate the launch of the collection, Vans has partnered with WildAid. WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products and to increase local support for conservation efforts. The sneaker brand will be donating $10,000 of the total profits towards WildAid to provide crucial support needed for endangered species around the world. So not only can you get a pair of creative Vans, but upon buying a pair, you are showing support for the world around us.
Peter Knights, the WildAid CEO says: "We hope these vivid depictions of the world's most imperilled species can help inspire the change we need to save them."
When and where to buy The Vault by Vans x Ralph Steadman collection:
The Vault by Vans x Ralph Steadman collection will be available from 27 April. You can shop the pieces from Incu, Laced and Up There Store. If you miss out, you can shop the rest of the Vans range from the following retailers:
See some of our favourite styles from the collection:
- The OG Classic Slip-On LX featuring the garden bumblebee: Only 275 species of bees exist globally, meaning these 275 are entirely responsible for making the world's honey and pollinating crops. Ralph's bittersweet illustrations cover the canvas OG Classic Slip-On LX.
- The OG Classic Slip-On LX featuring the bluefin tuna: In the last 100 years, the population of the Pacific bluefin tuna has been depleted by 96%. This over-the-top craving for tuna has led to illegal fishing and million-dollar prices on their fins. Steadman decks out the canvas OG Classic Slip-On LX with these very "blue" swimmers.
- The OG Sk8-Hi featuring the lion: The African and Asiatic lion population has dwindled from 450,000 in the 1940s to as low as 20,000 today. Conflict between man and lion is the main threat and trophy hunting is also an issue. The artist's interpretation of the lion is featured on the uppers and side panels of the canvas OG Sk8-Hi LX.
- The OG Sk8-Hi LX featuring the Grevy's zebra: Lack of food sources, habitat loss and illegal hunting are the major factors in the decline of Grevy's zebras. Steadman's illustration of this striped beauty is featured on the uppers and side panels of the canvas OG Sk8-Hi LX.