JW: Around that time, the market was kind of shifting, and we had an idea that, “if you could design what Vans was missing back in the day, what would that look like?” We wanted to use someone who was an outsider and not an insider to give their take.
RP: We wanted to build a small collection of shoes that evolved what Vans could be. The brief for the project was simple: Design a vulcanized skate shoe from the ’70s, design a cup sole skate shoe from the later ’80s/early ’90s and design a new vulcanized shoe for Vans. We had many conversations about design with Tet over the years and we all believed Tet would be the best choice to take on the challenge.
JW: That’s when Tet designed the Rudeez, the wingtip based on the ska movement, the BASH, which stood for “basketball skate shoe,” and the Greaserz, based on The Outsiders.
this design is reminiscent of zig-zag chukkas, which makes total sense for a wtaps collab. details include a wtaps tongue patch and tab, canvas upper with leather lining (not suede as stated on hypebeast), on top of a beige midsole, and vans’ signature waffle sole. made in china.
the wtaps for vans vault collection releases sometime in august.