The Sneaker Equation

Something about the Vans new « Era Stacked » and « Sk8-HI Stacked » sneakers has been bothering me.

Not that I don’t like them. The Confetti colour option with its Memphis inspiration is definitely bold and cool. But I have a sense of « déjà vu ».

Being a core Chuck Taylor addict, it didn’t take me long to figure out where that sense of « déjà vu » came from.

Look back on the JW Anderson x Converse collaborations. Then take the Run Star Hike (released in January 2019) and the Chuck 70 “Toy” (released in July 2018):

The Run Star Hike
The Chuck 70 « Toy » High Top

Bingo! The chunky midsole, the rubber tread and the translucent coloured foxing tape… See where the inspiration comes from…

However this is not a case of denunciation.

But so far, I always thought that both brands kept their brand territories perfectly well, never stepping on each other’s toes.

But I guess inspiration is and will always be a tricky business…. just like I thought I was an All Star addict but at the same time wear Vans sneakers fom time to time …

Crédits: Vans – Chuck Taylor All Star – Converse x JW Anderson