Normally I am skeptical about bandshoe collaborations, but when you combine one of the premier indie groups of the day, and the consistently fresh stylings of Keep, we all win. Dropped on March 26, 2011, the Keep and Animal Collective line features four shoes, each designed by a different band member.
In one of the more puzzling sneaker collaborations of the day, Vans is celebrates Queen with its own Authentic in black denim. Oookay. Vans, as a skate and surf company, could not be anything farther from this 70’s British classic rock band. You know what, whatever. Denim seems to be really popular as of late, and I’m feeling the black material. This color is contrasted with red accents, along with a Queen tongue logo, and album prints on the sole. Nothing celebrates a band like stepping on symbols of its life’s work, right?
Fellow vegans Ed Templeton and experimental rock band No Age have er, collaborated to design this sweet skate shoe the Collaboration, which dropped in October. This hi-top is a subtle grey, with the band tag on the tongue, inner lining, and outsole sporting some green, yellow, and red highlights. Of course, it wouldn’t be on this blog if it weren’t made out of all synthetic (plu organic) materials!
I know that Ed Templeton has been a longtime outspoken vegan, and probably has had multiple signature models that were vegan. But an indie band coming out with a shoe? The only musicians I know in the sneaker game have been the likes of 50 Cent and G-Unit (and various other entrepreneurial rappers). Is this a good thing? Absolutely. Any time a non-leather shoe drops is definitely a great thing for those of us looking for compassionate alternatives.
Also, check out the Laced (pictured below), which is another vegan low top (which looks just like the Vans Old Skool) but rocks a crazy green spray painted outsole design, and a paint splattered sole. Not really my bag, but that’s just me. Check it…