The Cobern returns as part of the Spring ’12 OTW line from Vans, in two new make ups including the dress blue leather and cinnamon satin suede options shown here.
The Cobern itself is simplified variation on the traditional boat shoe, complete with moccasin toe and contrasting laces. The tonal upper features minimal detailing, other than the branded OTW logo and pop of the metal eyelets, and it’s the cinnamon suede option that for me comes out the better of the two. The nautical themed printed textile lining does add a little more detail, but personally this just feels like overkill, and both models would have been even stronger without.
There are so many options that I’ve still really to get to grips with the OTW line, but these could definitely be a decent summer footwear option. Both Coberns are available from Soleheaven now for £68.