Vans, the first action sports apparel and footwear brand to ever support BMX, is introducing retro-inspired colorways across two Classic silhouettes as part of the BMX Checkerboard Pack. The five-piece collection out this fall uses vintage color combinations and Vans iconic checkerboard pattern to update the Era and Sk8-Hi models.
Designers looked to the brand’s nearly 40-year legacy in action sports, drawing inspiration from colorways first worn and sported by its own BMX team riders in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The BMX Checkerboard pack highlights the Era and Sk8-Hi, which are each outfitted in a two-tone color scheme and checkerboard printed sidewalls. The Era will be available in three colorways including an ode to the original red and navy two-tone model that was first developed by Dogtown legends, Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta in 1976. The star of the collection offering comes from the Sk8-Hi, which was a pivotal shoe for the performance of BMX riders because it provided ankle coverage and protection when racing BMX and attempting freestyle tricks on bikes. The BMX Checkerboard Sk8-Hi honors that progression with two color-ups each featuring Checkerboard along the quarter panels in addition to the checkered sidewall.
The BMX Checkerboard Pack will be available to shop in Vans retail stores and online at Vans.com/classics beginning this June.