Did you know that the legendary checkerboard kicks by Vans were not penned by the brand? In fact, skaters themselves have given their Vans the iconic black and white pattern. The brand has embraced the creativity of its community and continues to foster it, now with new custom prints. The prints of your very own Vans are made from plastic bottles!
You can decide everything yourself: from the eyelets and laces to the fabric patterns. We'll show you how the sustainable kicks are made and what fantastic prints are available. You can even create your own design, or just your own face or Tony Hawk's face.
The brand recently released a collab with artist Chris Johanson and equally sustainable products.
Sustainable, but how?
The picture is self-explanatory and shows in four steps how Vans produces their P.E.T. models. We love how many brands are recycling their materials and finding sustainable solutions for their products.
Another treat: Your custom Vans come in a special shoe bag made from recycled PET fabric. It is made from leftover material and thus the brand avoids further waste.
Vote for your favourite P.E.T. classic
Your custom design is super easy to implement. Simply choose your favourite from these five models, click on it and off you go.
The SK8-Hi is made from 12 plastic bottles per pair.
The ERA Model contains 8 plastic bottles per pair.
Vans Authentic is produced from 6 plastic bottles per pair.
6 plastic bottles are used per Old Skool Pair.
In the Slip On you will find 6 plastic bottles per pair processed.
For the P.E.T. models, you pay a small surcharge of €5 for personalisation and can then happily choose from new colours and four patterns.
We look forward to seeing your designs - tag us on Instagram! We would also be interested to hear what you think of these advances in the industry. Is the effort enough or do we need to do more?