Vans Syndicate come out with one of my favourite collaborations in a while, partnering with rap legend and Body Count frontman Ice-T on a pack that includes Syndicate make ups of the Sk8 Hi and Chukka Decon.
The O.G. moniker runs throughout, with each footwear model taking a different approach – as Ice-T describes it “One’s more gangster. One’s more pimp”. The Sk8 Hi represents the O.G. gangster with an upper mix of black suede and white canvas, a pigskin lining and a footbed stamped in gold with Ice-T lyrics. Additional embroidered details on the lateral, medial, heel and tongue spell out his various personas – Ice-T, one member of hip-hop collective Rhyme Syndicate, and as the lead in seminal 90’s rap metal band Body Count.
The Chukka Decon is Vans’ luxury take on the classic Chukka and rightly represents the O.G. pimp in a perforated black nubuck. It is complete with tonal branding and the same pigskin lining, with the upper presenting a clean contrast against the white midsole and black Vans heel tab. There’s also some apparel too including tees and a Starter snapback with coordinating O.G. branding.
The Sk8 Hi does it for me, though I can see the large white canvas panels switching off a few people. Both models come in an Ice-T branded box, with their own mini body bag and mini gold revolver. Packaging and extras like this make all the difference and really help to show this off as something special. Both styles are available from select Vans Syndicate stockists now including Scene with apparel expected to follow shortly. Check out some detailed shots below and listen to Body Count.