Japanese menswear label WTAPS has long been partnering with Vans for exclusive collaborations. 2018 is no different, with Vans Vault announcing a hot new collection coming later this month featuring footwear, apparel, and accessories.

WTAPS and Vans Vault are back. The longtime collaborative partners are teaming up once again this year on a spicy new project including footwear, apparel, and accessories, all dropping in stores soon. As always, each piece from the new drop features a wealth of luxurious materials and attention to detail.

The crown jewel of WTAPS and Vans latest collection is very clearly the Sk8-Hi LX. Two pairs will be made available in blacked out color schemes, with flames embroidered onto each set in red and blue. Next, the Vans Era enters the playing field featuring a similar style to the Sk8’s. Both pairs will come with blacked out midsoles, toe caps, and heel guards, while the central sections take on a rough snakeskin leather in either navy blue or a steel grey. Finally, the footwear portion of the collaboration is rounded out by two Old Skools in subtle colorways; one navy blue and one cardboard. Both pairs feature plain white midsoles and matching Jazz stripes on either side.

The apparel from the latest WTAPS x Vans collaboration is likely to be a hot ticket item. The collection includes several long-sleeve tees featuring the same embroidered flames as the Sk8-Hi’s, as well as a simple “#1 Waffle Lovers Club” slogan. The imagery is repeated on a thick hoodie and bomber jacket, as well as a duffle bag for all of your travel needs.


The new WTAPS x Vans Vault is scheduled to release sometime before the end of July 2018. The collection will be made available from both collaborative partners, as well as select Vans Vault retailers for a range of prices starting at $58 at capping off at $178. Check out the early product images below for a closer look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more Vans release news.