Donning a pair of Vans, sockless — feeling the padded collar wrap your ankles, feet not too hot and not too cold, toes feeling out their protection from the world — no matter where you slip in to them, a little part of you gets to be off the wall as they say. Your feet, at least they’re sunny and SoCal 75 and maybe there’s a little beachy sand to make it authentic.
Our first skate shoes were Old Skool Vans. We saw Minor Threat’s Ian Mackaye wearing them going to the local record store. And it seemed like all the cool women and men that were older than us, that had been into cool things for a long time, they were always wearing a pair in a way that looked just right and timeless. They were our secret teachers. We took notes: bands, hair, the cut of clothes, books they read and films they saw, picked up their language and tried to make our own version of ourselves with these things.
Well, an army might march on its stomach, but our people working hard on the ground at Ace DTLA work on their feet. We thought their own special Vans would help them keep things breezy.
To celebrate our Atelier Ace x Vans Era 59 collaboration, we got all romantic about our days skating in the sun, wind in our hair. We teamed with Vans to screen Dogtown and Z-Boys in The Theatre for anyone who wanted to go, and we made a skate game, and we’re giving away prizes to the top five scorers of that very game. Now it’s time to let the winners know, to give them their just rewards: Keeng-Shilo G., Brittni L., Riely W., Elias R., Mike W. Winners: you’ll be hearing from us soon via e-mail.
photo by praveena_happyking