In possibly our favourite collaboration of the year so far, skating stalwarts Vans have teamed up with one of the most up-and-coming Scandinavian outerwear brands around, Rains, for a collection of footwear influenced by the industrial landscape of Copenhagen.

Vans x Rains Footwear Collection

Utilising Vans’ Classics Lites technology, the Rains and Off the Wall collection merges Vans’ timeless aesthetic with Rains’ meticulous attention to detail to present an elevated footwear capsule that emphasises premium lightweight comfort.

If you’re not familiar with the brand, it’s hardly surprising that with a name like ‘Rains’ the Copenhagen-based brand specialise in protection from the elements. Thanks to Denmark’s unpredictable weather, Rains have learnt to fight the harsh weathers and even embrace it.

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For the Vans collaboration, the collection features iterations of the Old Skool, Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On in fresh leathers and earth tones, a Rains signature. The duo have integrated Vans’ famed UltraCush Lite technology into the original silhouettes for high rebound and long-lasting support, making the classics even more comfortable and lightweight.

The Sk8-Hi Reissue Lite, Old Skool Lite and Slip-On Lite – to give them their full names –showcase each brand’s heritage and influence, with the collection featuring a colour palette, materialisation and metal reflectors inspired by Refshaleøen, a former industrial island off the harbour of Copenhagen and a key source of influence for the capsule.

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The footwear uppers on each silhouette don Rains’ coveted jacket material, reflective details, custom aglets and a unique footbed featuring an aerial view of Refshaleøen.

The Vans x Rains collection will be available in Europe only from 16th March 2018 over at the Vans Website where the Sk8-Hi will be priced at £85, the Old Skool £75, and the Slip-On £65.

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Also make sure you check out the Rains ‘Adapting’ SS18 range, as well as the recently updated Vans UltraRange collection.

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