Posted On: 6 Jun 2021
Vans’ Iconic Silhouettes X Creative Expression from Street Rats
Vans continues to push creativity beyond imagination through collaborating with talented artists around the world. To celebrate the new decade and upcoming year of the Rat, Vans partners with Chinese artist Zhao Zhao to launch the new year collection representing the explorative and experimental nature of street rat – encapsulating the adventurous “Off the Wall” spirit.
The Vans & Zhao Zhao Year of the Rat Collection showcases how street rats experience and navigate the underground with their unique creativity. The footwear capsule begins with Vans’ classic Old Skool wrapped in light grey suede uppers and finished with the dark grey signature Sidestripe, together with a stacked cutout heel counter to mimic the entrance of rat tunnels. The model comes with the Vans’ classic Waffle sole in pink.
The Vans Era boasts an all-over monotone with suede uppers and outsole in grey, it also features a conceptualized “layered” heel tab.
The Sk8-Hi incorporates a graphic that illustrates rat tunnels stretching through the underground – embodied on leather Sidestripes and the transparent Wafflesole with circular patterns.
The Era Lacey features double-lace design with one of the checkerboard shoelaces penetrating the side and back of the uppers, yet another motif showcasing the multi-dimensional rat tunnel inspiration. The model includes checkerboard foxing tape and transparent Wafflesole with asymmetrical patterns.
The Comfycush Slip-Skool seamlessly merges and reimagines Vans’ Slip-on and Old Skool. The pattern resembles the dynamic underground passageways used by rats in dense urban landscapes. The model features the Slip-on as the inner core construction with a transparent Old Skool silhouette casing. The Slip-Skool features the Comfycush insole to provide lasting comfort. The whole footwear capsule highlights a reinvention of Vans’ iconic heel tab where Vans and Zhao Zhao placed the Vans “Off the Wall” logo with a rat tail to symbolize the whole collection.
The collection comes with an apparel set, including unisex oversized hoddies in dark grey with the Year of the Rat collection logo printed on the chest. The full Vans & Zhao Zhao Year of the Rat Collection will be available from