With Vans having recently launched a collaborative collection with Spongebob Squarepants, and Lazy Oaf with Betty Boop, it only feels natural for the two street-influenced lines to come together to celebrate their like-minded playfulness. Joining forces for a head-to-toe women’s-only capsule collection, the skate brand and London streetwear label’s shared quirks and creativity makes them two peas in a pod for this Spring collaboration.
Reinterpreting a number of Vans and Lazy Oaf classics, from the former’s timeless footwear classics to the latter’s fun and colourful tops, a combination of pink, black and white inform the collection’s understated yet commanding aesthetic. Oversized street looks receive a feminine edge, with Vans’ iconic checkerboard pattern finding its way onto Lazy Oaf’s familiar ‘Bad For You’ and ‘Sorry I’m Late’ embroidered tees in the form a knitted neckline and trim along the sides of sleeves, respectively. Elsewhere, Lazy Oaf’s eyeball motif is reworked into the checkerboard pattern itself for an eye-catching skirt, as well as forming a smiley face with Van’s “Off The Wall” slogan on hoodies, bags and caps.
On the footwear front, four of Vans’ iconic silhouettes are remixed with Lazy Oaf’s playful detailing. The Old Skool Platform’s suede upper is elevated with checkerboard laces, cut-out hearts adorning the platform’s sidewall, and “Bad For You” printed on the heel counter. Similarly, the pink and black colour scheme follows through to the Style 29, with a pink canvas upper contrasted by a black lugged outsole and toe cap, with checkerboard lining and “Sorry I’m Late” laces that pop. For the more free-and-easy styles, the Classic Slip-On gets a subtle makeover with the eyeball checkerboard treatment, while the Authentic is the most feminine of the four, with a floral print atop a light pastel hue.
“Vans and Lazy Oaf fans are very similar,” says Lazy Oaf founder Gemma Shiel. “Everyone that wears both Lazy Oaf and Vans are non-conventional and ‘keep it weird’ in an irreverent and playful way.”