Music and Sneakers are a marriage made in pop culture heaven. From Elvis's Blue Suede Shoes all the way to Justin Timberlake and Tinker Hatfield's recent Air Jordan 3 remix, It's become the norm to see an artist or band make a fashion statement with their shoes. Musicians are models, and in turn, musicians cosigning on shoes and collaborating with brands have become the norm, especially through the urban landscape that's dominated music for the last decade.
Vans, a brand known to dabble in the collaboration world, has teamed up with musical legends Metallica for a "heavy metal rendition of Vans classic silhouettes". Bringing their distinctive etched logo to the Sk8-Hi & Slip-On for a third straight collaboration.
With the rise of Jerry Lorenzo's Fear of God line, it was only a matter of time till the subject of Lorenzo's inspiration took on their own attempt at fashionable marketing. Lorenzo, also recently off a high fashion line of collaborations with Vans, used a lot of vintage thrash metal bands as his muse across the Fear of God line. With that benchmark being set, we're happy to report that Metallica has put their own fashion stamp on this collaboration.
The Sk8-Hi is dressed in a full grain leather upper with a tonally stitched branding allowing the etched Metallica logo to make a statement across the ankle piece and downward. Doubling up on branding, there is an adjacent etched logo on the midsole.
For the Slip-On, it's a slightly more minimal affair with branding across the toe box on a canvas upper, with the same etched branding on the midsole.
We can guarantee this release isn't Hardwired to Self Destruct.