BNY Sole Series, a collaboration between eight shoe brands and the Barneys New York team, was spearheaded by our senior buyer of men’s footwear and resident sneaker expert Chris Pepe. Today we introduce the second round: Vans Woven Slip-on Sneakers.
The men’s Vans are an elevated take on the classic checkerboard slide, which have become an iconic representation of the brand’s laid-back, California vibe. It all started when Pepe found inspiration while cleaning out the sample closet in his office. “I discovered this cool swatch of material—a thin grain leather on one side, suede on the other. We sent it to Vans to see if they could develop it into a fabric that could be cut and woven and used for a slip-on sneaker,” he explained.
The final version features leather and suede bonded together into a single material utilized to create the woven checkerboard pattern. The slides represent the Barneys point of view on a classic pair of shoes, which is the basis of the XO footwear project.