Indigo dyed sneakers are not a new thing. Dye a pair of canvas sneakers in that magical blue liquid and it’s immediately more interesting. It’s been done. But how do you take it to the next level? Vans has recently walked in step with LA-based streetwear shop C2H4 to show you how.
More than just a pair of DIY backyard indigo-dyed sneakers, they mix hand-stitched boro details with hand-painted navy sidewalls and soles (complete with scuff marks) for a well-thought-out product that’s overflowing with texture. They’re made in two of Vans’ classic styles. The Old Skool swaps out cotton laces for leather ones (indigo-dyed, of course) and goes full friendship bracelet by adding navy wooden beads. Complementary to this, they’ve also made a Slip-On version. Simpler in construction, but no less beautiful, throw on some indigo-dyed socks and you’ll be crocking up and down the skate park.