Two Tribes Unite: Vans x A Tribe Called Quest Capsule Collection

Vans, the original action sports and apparel brand, unites with iconic hip-hop collective, A Tribe Called Quest to unveil an exclusive footwear collection that sees a true creative homage come to life.

Launch date: Friday 6th April @ 8AM

Vans is paying tribute to A Tribe Called Quest’s contributions to music and pop culture with a selection of sneakers that memorialise the group’s iconic album artwork and vibrant song lyrics. The collection (made in partnership with Sony’s The Thread Shop) features a number of Vans staples, including the classic silhouettes: Slip-On, Old Skool, Authentic, Sk8-Hi and Era.

The collaborative colorways nod to A Tribe Called Quest members Q-Tip, the late Phife Dawg, Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, featuring the group’s signature stick figures and album cover artwork, illustrating the group’s most favourite milestones of their career.

Rather than simply slapping the group’s iconic black, green and red colour scheme on each sneaker, Vans applied themes from A Tribe Called Quest albums and songs including 2017’s “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service” on the Slip-On, “The Anthology” on the Old Skool, and an all-over print of the album artwork on the Era. Other inspirations include a tribute to the late Phife Dawg on the collection’s Authentic, a Sk8-Hi inspired by the single “Bonita Applebum”, and a simple black and red combination on the UltraRange.

 The group is regarded as a pioneer of alternative hip-hop music, having helped to pave the way for many innovative artists and for the fans of A Tribe Called Quest, the footwear designs speak volumes to the band’s beloved discography.

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