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Vans, the “sneaker of choice for those most inspired by creative self-expression,” is now working to directly service the creative minds in the kitchen: chefs. The kitchen shoe program began with an email seven years ago from New York chef and longtime Vans wearer, Tyler Kord, resulting in a custom designed No. 7 Vans Classic Slip-On. The shoe is designed with the chef in mind, and is the first of its kind for the brand, according to Food Republic.
Food Republic details that the shoes feature more cushioning and arch support for comfort during long shifts on one’s feet, thinly slitted outsoles for better traction, Vansguard repellent for splatters and spills, and a top-to-bottom black color scheme to hide stains. Regarding the collaboration, Kord says, “It would be pretty sweet if ‘No. 7’s’ became the ‘Jordans’ of kitchen shoes some day!”
For its latest collaboration, Vans has partnered with Los Angeles chefs and restaurateurs and longtime Vans fans Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, of restaurants Jon & Vinny’s, Animal, and Son of a Gun, according to a release. Vans will release a six-piece assortment of footwear, updating the design and colorways of the Vans Authentic, Classic Slip-On, Old Skool, and Sk8-Hi Reissue.
Doug Palladini, vice president and general manager of Vans North America, says, “Jon and Vinny embody Vans’ core values: they are dedicated to creative expression through their culinary craftsmanship, live the DIY ethos and are lifelong supporters of the brand. I could not have asked for a better partnership as we look to meet the needs of kitchen staffs around the world.”