First Look: The Disney and Vans Shoes Collaboration

Who knew that this wasn’t the first collaboration between street wear label, Vans, and another amazing media and entertainment company which we have all grown up with? SHESAID chatted exclusively with the team behind the collaboration of Vans and Disney about those pieces men, women and children need to get their hands on.

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Could you tell us about the collaboration with Disney?

Vans is revisiting a collaboration from our past. This isn’t the first time we worked with our neighbour down the street.  The relationship with Disney started in the ’70s with Vans producing shoes for Disney employees, which over time lead to the collaboration with the fab-five characters printed on Vans shoes in the ’80s and ’90s.

First Look: The Disney and Vans Shoes Collaboration

What are some of the must-have pieces from this particular collection?

I think this is a personal choice as each character has a special place in all of our hearts. I’m personally a big fan of Winnie the Pooh, but I’m attracted to the bold styling of the Donald Duck Authentic.

There seems to be something for men, women, and children. What’s next for Vans? Any future collaborations you could share with our readers?

We can’t share anything yet, but I don’t think this is the last time we’ve seen something special come from Disney and Vans.

First Look: The Disney and Vans Shoes Collaboration

How does a collaboration like this occur? Could you give us some insight into the creative process?

We have a long standing relationship with the Disney and their design crew. I don’t remember who came to who, but it all happened very organically over time.  When we all aligned on the characters, our team filled a large wall with ideas.  When we narrowed it down, we submitted the ideas to the Disney crew and collaborated on ideas to push the concepts farther and incorporate some of Vans heritage into each design.

It was true Disney magic!

Where can our readers get their hands on the product?

The Disney ‘Young at Heart’ collection can be purchased from all Classic wholesale accounts and Vans retail stores. Enjoy!