During SXSW next week, Vans will reissue a limited run of some of their iconic band-themed shoes, and we’ve got a bunch of pairs you can win. Collaborations with Circle Jerks, Motörhead, Bad Brains, and Rise Against will be put out in a quantity of 150 per band: 50 will be available at the Vans pop-up shop in Austin during SXSW and the other 100 will be on Vans.com the next day. Each pair retails for around $70 (though if you know sneakers, these limited runs usually skyrocket once they hit eBay). Below you can read more details on each pair and its availability at SXSW’s Vans Village (corner of 7th & Red River) along with info on how to enter Stereogum’s sweepstakes.
Wednesday, March 12 – Circle Jerks Vans Old Skool
Released in 2007, the Vans x Circle Jerks Old Skool was based on the cover of Group Sex, the band’s 1980 debut album. Vans designers worked with the band on the construction of the original release and they personally requested that the typically suede and leather Old Skool be produced in all-over canvas in consideration for their vegan fans. Group Sex artwork is featured over a stitched Vans Sidestripe and includes bright yellow pop color on the heel tab and waffle outsole. Retails for $70.
Thursday, March 13 – Motörhead II Vans Rowley Classic
The Motörhead II Vans Rowley Classic hit skate shops exclusively back in 2006 and was the second collaboration between Vans and Motörhead. The all-over black aesthetic was chosen by lead vocalist and bass player, Lemmy Kilmister, which gave the classic skate shoe a stealth look with only a hit of color on the Vans heel tab, tongue and embroidered Motörhead logo. Retails for $70.
Friday, March 14 – Bad Brains Vans Sk8-Hi
Once sold exclusively at Supreme, the Vans x Bad Brains Sk8-Hi was one of three styles that were released in a limited run in 2009. The band worked alongside the Vans design team to showcase their iconic lightning bolt logo from their first self-titled, full-length 1982 album on the sidewall and waffle outsole of the Sk8-Hi. Retails for $75.
Saturday, March 15 – Rise Against Classic Slip-On (VEGAN)
The original 2010 release of the Rise Against Classic Slip-On was the second project between Rise Against and Vans after the success of their first partnership in 2007. The Classic Slip-On showcases the artwork from the band’s 2008 album Appeal to Reason. It was, as the prior release, entirely free of animal-related materials in consideration of the band’s vegan sensibilities as well as their fans. Retails for $65.
To enter the sweeps, you need be a fan of Stereogum on Facebook and comment below with which pair you want via Facebook Connect login (do not use your ‘Gum user account on this post — we’ll have to be able to check if you are a fan of Stereogum on FB when the sweepstakes ends). Sorry, U.S. residents only. Four winners will be chosen randomly, and each will be contacted by Stereogum via Facebook for his/her address and shoe size. Sweepstakes ends on 3/21 at 6PM EST. Good luck!
(Stereogum’s also throwing a free SXSW party at House Of Vans on Thursday, 3/13. Fucked Up, Cloud Nothings, Speedy Ortiz, Perfect Pussy, the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, EMA, Mutual Benefit, and others will perform. Details are here.)