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Posted | by CHARLIE CLIPS

Virgil Abloh has established a solid seat in the pantheon of sneaker culture. His expansive “The Ten” collection with Nike shifted sneaker culture in 2017, with unique takes on Nike classics like the Jordan 1and the Presto becoming some of the most highly desired shoes of the year. His first collection with Louis Vuitton featured chunky high and low top silhouettes seemingly inspired by the Avia 880 that had everyone talking. But in an interesting twist, two new Vans—a Sk8 Hi and an Slip-On—have surfaced that were apparently designed by Abloh in 2013, well before Off-White was the fashion monolith it’s became today and Nike was even a glimmer in the designer’s eye. However, Abloh’s name cannot be used on any of the designs due to his Nike deal.

Both shoes feature the deconstructed aesthetic that Abloh’s footwear designs have become world-renowned for, with the Sk8-Hi receiving a bold silver zipper with a white lace on the lateral side that features an Off The Wall hit surrounded by familiar-looking quotation marks. The shoe’s normal heel counter receives an extra-shaggy suede makeover and is dropped down from its normal position, landing halfway down the midsole, as does the upper’s leather eyelet strip. The standard red “Off The Wall” patch also receives a makeover, as it’s moved from the heel to the lateral side of the midsole.

The Slip-on features a cheeky lace system—strictly for aesthetic purposes—on its normally simple throat, while the exposed neoprene that keeps the shoe snug is covered by a patch of rough-hewn exposed white fabric on the medial side, another design charistic similar to Abloh’s “The Ten” designs. The red rubber “Off The Wall” patch recieves the same midsole move as the Sk8-Hi, and the shoe is completed with a suede toebox and midfoot.

These early Abloh sneaker designs provide an interesting look at the genesis of his footwear aesthetic, and are also much more affordable than other collaborative releases, with the Sk8-His retailing at $113 and the Slip-ons sliding just under the century mark with a $98 price point. Enjoy a full set of images below, and if you love the deconstructed look all four pairs of these Virgil Vans are available (Update: SOLD OUT) at Haven now. Also check eBay if you need a pair.

Vans Vault Sk8-Hi Cap LX

$113

Color: Black

Vans Vault Sk8-Hi Cap LX

$113

Color: Marshmallow

Vans Vault Slip-On Cap LX

$113

Color: Black

Vans Vault Slip-On Cap LX

$113

Color: Marshmallow

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