Vans And Kenzo Team Up On The Perfect Summer Sneakers

Vans x Kenzo sneakers for Spring 2013.
Photo: Courtesy of Vans

Whether you’re talking about snapbacks or sweatshirts, it’s safe to say that everything Kenzo designers Humberto and Leon Carol Lim stamp with their splashy prints turns to gold. And although we’re still swooning over the pair’s recent Fall 2013 collection during Paris Fashion Week, we don’t even have to wait until next season to score the brand’s latest project. In fact, it’s available next week! How’s THAT for instant gratification, you guys? For the fourth time the label has teamed up with Vans on a capsule collection of sneakers stamped with their wildly colorful patterns, and they’re SO cute, we’re officially dubbing them the shoes of summer.

Vans x Kenzo sneakers for Spring 2013
Photo: Courtesy of Vans

Inspired by the animals they discovered in the Asian Jungle while visiting Thailand last year, Lim and Leon created a new print appropriately named the “Clouded Leopard.” Look familiar? We first spotted the motif on the Kenzo Spring/Summer 2013 runways, then just last month on our girl Rita Ora, and recently it made its way to the fresh new snapbacks. So it’s only fitting, then, that these six different styles of Vans kicks are the latest to get some patterned play. The classic lace-up and slip-ons come in a sunshine-y colorway of bright blues, greens, and yellows, and hit stores and online April 1. So mark your calendars and set your alarm— you’re not going to want to drag your feet on this one.

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