At ease, soldier! The Vans Syndicate team just released two new skate shoe collabs with DEFCON. Each style of DEFCON shoes are a non-classified/non-ITAR, visually similar version of the AOR camo patterns adopted by US Naval Special Warfare. There’s a Sk8-Hi Notchback and an Old Skool in the set. These “digital camo” colorways are only available at finer skate shops – elite members of the Vans Syndicate network.
The Vans Syndicate line offers limited edition products available mainly through skate shops and specialty boutiques. DEFCON has been a frequent collaborator with Vans Syndicate. Beginning their camouflage DEFCON shoes in the mid 2000’s, they were the first in footwear to work with Crye Precision using MultiCam colorways. MultiCam is a seven-color, multi-environment camouflage pattern developed by Crye Precision in conjunction with U.S. Army Natick labs.
DEFCON members stay under the radar and invest energies into the visual construction of their heartfelt passions. A multi-faceted approach to marketing, design, and photography focuses on shaping brand identities that respond to the fast-paced evolution of online marketing in the digital age and a glutted marketplace. DEFCON collaborators like to take their time, think before they speak, and choose authenticity over corruption.” – Transworld Skateboarding
Vans Syndicate Sk8-Hi x DEFCON Shoes
Vans Syndicate Sk8-Hi Notchback “S” DEFCON shoes are reinforced in the front with a tan Warrior Suede™ upper. This stuff is literally fireproof. And waterproof and oil and chemical resistant. Badass. The AOR1 inspired digital desert pattern is printed on a ballistic nylon ripstop quarter panel. The gusseted Velcro tongue has a custom DEFCON lightning bolt logo patch. Reversed waffle sole provides superior board grip. Dri-Lex™ lining provides moisture wicking and anti-microbial protection throughout the whole shoe. There’s a leather side stripe with nylon webbing, notch back heel and extra paracord laces. Affirmative: paracord laces.
Vans Syndicate Old Skool x DEFCON Shoes
Vans Syndicate Old Skool “S” DEFCON shoes are treated with the same fireproof, waterproof, oil and chemical resistant Warrior Suede™ upper. This time in black. Paired with the AOR2 inspired digital woodland camo print on ballistic mesh panels, these are hardcore skate shoes. The pattern is also printed on the quarter panel and tongue. You get the same reversed waffle sole for grip and paracord laces. You also get the Dri-Lex™ lining for moisture wicking, anti-microbial protection.
These are selling out on the double. Did you get a pair?