Celebrating 20 years of rich skateboarding heritage, two giants come together on a collaborative collection this Spring. Anti-Hero are one of the most respected brands to ever do it, renowned for their iconic board graphics and influential team riders, some of which they share with Vans. As two brands who are responsible for so much in the development of Skateboarding and the history they share together, it seems right that the pair have come together to mark the occasion.
Anti-Hero’s story started in 1995. Founded by Julien Stranger back when the industry was small and the companies involved were pretty much all skater owned, doing it for the love of skateboarding rather than financial gain. Born out of the desire to create a way of living rather than a quick way to make money, the name ‘Anti-Hero’ is appropriate with Stranger pretty much ‘Anti’ everything at the time, something he expressed publicly through his ads and board graphics. The brand represents the way in which the youth of skateboarding lived their life and it has carried this ethos through to modern day, one of the realest skate brands out there.
The 20th Anniversary collection offers up dual branded rework on four key pro models including the Era 46 Pro, Slip-On 59 Pro and the Sk8-Mid Pro, featuring the pro heel tab, ULTRCUSH insoles for support and comfort, DURACAP reinforcements in the toe area for protection, as well as suede applications on the upper for durability and grip. The release also debuts Tony Trujillo’s sixth generation Vans signature pro model – the TNT SG. The TNT SG Anti-Hero rework is characterised by the brands iconic print on the mid foot and lock up graphic on the tongue label. Additional features include the Anti-Hero labelling, original waffle outsole and Vans Ortholite sockliner for comfort.
The collection is rounded off with a concise apparel selection featuring dual branded tees in white and black, snapback and coach jacket. The Vans x Anti-Hero 20th Anniversary Collection is available now at vans.co.uk and selected Vans retailers.