Vivienne Westwood designs new collection for Vans

Dame Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood has designed a new edgy collection for Vans.

The British icon has put her punk spin on the classic skateboarding-inspired shoes by using her archive prints and graphics for the Vans x Vivienne Westwood Anglomania collection, which features six distinctive styles.

Her Sk8-Hi shoe is made from a natural vegetable-dyed tan leather and features embossed markings of a handwritten letter sent from America to Westwood's flagship store in London, complete with a printed postage stamp listing the collaboration’s launch date.

The Sk8-Hi Platform has a tan buckled strap and is inspired by the 78-year-old designer's pirate boot, which she first debuted back in 1981 as part of her now-iconic Pirate collection.

The Checkerboard slip-on features Westwood’s Destroy graphic from 1977, while her Authentic style is adorned with the signature orb and lightning bolt print from Westwood's archive.

Vans x Vivienne Westwood Anglomania will debut on 20 September in selected Vans stores and Vivienne Westwood boutiques, and also online at vans.com and viviennewestwood.com.

Earlier this month, Westwood teased the upcoming collaboration on Instagram and posted a picture of a checkerboard which was covered with the designer's punk-style neon lettering. "#VansxVivienneWestwood is coming soon," the post read.

It isn't the first time that Westwood has combined her designs with sneakers, as she previously collaborated with sports brand ASICS to rework their classic styles.

The punk icon began designing clothes alongside Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren in the 1960s and 1970s and presented her first runway show in London in 1981.

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