Vans & Eric Elms
Back in 2009, designer and artist Eric Elms worked with Vans to create his very own silhouette, the Elms, which was released as a three-sneaker pack. Two years on and the pair are working together once more, this time with Elms (now an official advocate of the Vans OTW collection) creating a custom version of the OTW Bedford.
Inspired by the 1976 'Off The Wall' collection (Vans' first skateboard-orientated line), the Vans OTW collection is made up of re-imagined classic silhouettes; contemporary lifestyle footwear created with the use of premium materials. Supported by an elite crew of OTW advocates (including Elms, tattooist Mister Cartoon and photographer Dimitri Coste) one of the aims of the Vans OTW collection is to expand on the brand's already established relationship with the creative community - creating footwear 'defined by the cultural melting pot of action sports, art, music, design, and authentic street fashion...'
The Elms OTW Bedford is the latest release from the collection and uses a black waxed fabric from the British Millerain Co. (the same used for Barbour jackets) on the upper, with metal accents, embossed leather tongue labeling, an Elms label, and Elms' graphics on the footbed (see image below). The toe bumber on the front of the shoe has been removed to give a more slim-line aesthetic, and a gum midsole contrasted with a red waffle outsole completes the look.
The Eric Elms & Vans OTW is available now from OTW Collection retailers