Retailer KICKS/HI has collaborated with Vans Vault on the Authentic LX. As usual Hawaiian island life was the main source of inspiration for the collaborative sneaker.
Inspiration for this collaborative model comes from the attire of the Hawaiian cowboy, also known as the “Paniolo.” When Mexican-Spanish Vaqueros immigrated to the chain of Pacific islands during the mid-19th century, they brought with them a unique style of dress that befitted rancheros. Combining both past and present influences, the outcome sees cues from traditional cowboy shirting as well as their rugged leather boots and saddles with a two tone upper combining chambray and premium tanned leather.
The outcome is a very solid looking canvas/leather version of this all time classic by Vans. Kicks Hawaii branding has been placed on the in-sole and heel, in their signature orange colorway.
The KICKS/HI x Vans Vault Authentic LX will release on August 4, 2012, at their own store, in their online store and also at select other retailers.