SOLS/pillowHeat VP549161 ~ 23cm, 24cm, 25cm, 26cm, 27cm, 28cm

20181210







SOLS/pillowHeat
#VP549161 CHUKKA

GOLD/ROYAL SUEDE
FULL CREPE RUBBER
HANDMADE IN KURUME JAPAN CIRCA 2018

NEW IN BOX

SIZE CHART



IM PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE AVAILABILITY FOR MY LONG AWAITED FIRST SHOE IN COLLABORATION WITH @SOLSDECKSHOES OUT OF KURUME JAPAN. ITS OBVIOUS WHAT BRAND IS IN MY BLOOD BUT THESE ARE NOT VAN'S. THEY ARE HOWEVER MANUFACTURED IN THE VERY SAME WAY VAN'S WERE DURING THEIR USA-MADE ERA & IS A PRACTICE WHICH SPEAKS DEEPLY TO ME. THESE WERE PRODUCED OUT OF MOONSTAR FACTORY USING THE SAME OLD-WORLD VULCANISATION & FULL CREPE RUBBER AS ORIGINAL VANS. THEY ARE NOT VINTAGE & THEY ARE NOT PRE-OWNED. THEY HAVE ZERO RUBBER INTEGRITY ISSUES & REPLICATE THAT FEELING OF FRESH OUT THE BOX VAN'S OR KEDS OR CONVERSE OR SPERRY BACK IN THE DAY! SAYING THAT THEY ARE HANDMADE & HANDCRAFTED VARIABLES ARE CELEBRATED AS PART OF THEIR UNIQUENESS.



I AM GRATEFUL TO ALL MY SUPPORTERS OVER THE YEARS FOR HELPING ME TO REACH THIS MOMENT. PRODUCING MY OWN SHOES ALWAYS SEEMED LIKE A DISTANT DREAM HOWEVER WHEN YOUR BREAD & BUTTER ARE EXPENSIVE SHOES DISCOUNTINUED OVER 20 YEARS AGO, YOU ARE ALWAYS UP AGAINST IT. IN THE FACE OF LIMITED VINTAGE SUPPLY, QUESTIONABLE RUBBER & ADVERSE SIZE BREAKDOWNS I AM STOKED TO OFFER SOMETHING OF EQUAL INTEGRITY AS OLD VANS AT A REASONABLE PRICE IN NEAR COMPLETE SIZE RUN! OF COURSE MY LOYALTIES ARE WITH VAN'S & MY INSPIRATION IS OBVIOUS HOWEVER I FORSEE THE CHUKKA SILHOUETTE AS PUBLIC LICENSE & ONE WHICH VAN'S ARE NOT TAKING OWNERSHIP OF LIKE THEY SHOULD. THEY ARE NOT A 1-TO-1 WITH A STYLE #49 CHUKKA. WE 'MASTERED' THE GOLDEN SUEDE, HIGH WHITE FOXING, POPPING ROYAL BUMPER, 5 EYELETS, DEEPER 'FEATHERS', INTERSECTING COLLAR STITCH, ADDITIONAL HIGH HEEL PANEL, OSNABURG FRICTION, TACKY SIDEWALLS, NARROW LAST, MEDIAL SCOOP, TOWELLING INSOLES, PREMIUM VINYL COLLAR & WAVE-CUT GUM OUTSOLE! I WOULD NEVER STEP ON THE TOES OF AN ICON SUCH AS THE OLD SKOOL OR AUTHENTIC BUT AT THE SAME TIME I WANTED TO DELIVER TO MY FOLLOWERS WHAT THEY DEVOTE COUNTLESS HOURS TO SOURCING. THE EXCITING THING IS TO GRASP THE POSSIBILITY THAT DESPITE CONFLICTING ARGUMENTS, OLD-WORLD VULCANISATION IS STILL POSSIBLE & VERY REAL! WHAT WE DECIDE TO DO WITH THIS INFO IS NOW UP TO YOU. YOU DIG?


theothersideofthepillow
£161.61