Vans Syndicate launched 10 years ago as a street-focused line dedicated to collaborations with specialty retailers, artists, and brands themselves. Since 2005, creative types like Tyler, the Creator, and Harmony Korine have launched coveted custom styles through Syndicate. Originally, though, one of the line's most successful first collaborations was with Tetsu Nishiyama's WTAPS (pronounced "double taps").
In celebration of a decade releasing some of the sneaker community's most sought-after designs, WTAPS and Syndicate will rerelease the sneaker that set the precedent for their relationship: the Authentic "S." The shoe is reminiscent of an early 2000s aesthetic, with off-kilter colors, allover prints, the original "wings" logo covering the body of the shoe, and suede blocking at the toecap and heel.
This release is the last from Syndicate's 10th anniversary collection, and is also the last-ever Syndicate release; the line will be discontinued after this year. "The project with WTAPS is more about the people involved" says founding Syndicate designer Rian Pozzebon. "It only seemed right to end with them." Get your slice of history with the WTAPS x Vans Syndicate Authentic "S"—or forever hold your peace.
Authentic "S" by WTAPS and Vans Syndicate, $80, thepremierstore.com.