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VANS Pixies

Last week the Animal Collective bros released an official mixtape for their new … sneakers. That is a thing now. Gotta keep fans on their toes (ouch, sorry). The shoes which you can see here benefit the Socorro island Conservation Fund, and they are cruelty free, except to your eyes.

I did some research, and it turns out that dozens of indie and punk bands have licensed sneakers. Most are quite ugly, and many — Biz Markie Keds, Bad Brains flip-flops — are hilarious.

A few fun facts to keep in mind while you browse our Complete Guide to rock footwear:

  • In addition to Animal Collective’s KEEPs, both No Age and Tegan & Sara’s kicks are vegan/you can eat them.
  • Three record labels have their own sneakers — Sub Pop, Stones Throw, and Def Jam.
  • Stephin Merritt was not involved in the creation of the Magnetic Fields-inspired Bluedys (thank god) so we didn’t include it.
  • The only major sneaker brand not represented is New Balance. Apologies to duped Joy Division completists.
  • Honorable mention to these fan-made “Thriller” shoes, which look complicated.
  • The most expensive kicks are Eminem’s limited Jordan Retro 2, which sell for $2k on eBay. Kanye’s Air Yeezys are a close second, unless you count the one-of-a-kind Air Yeezy Gay Fish. Also sought-after are Dinosaur jr’s Nike SBs. Check out the video below to find out if you’ve got counterfeits.

Check out the pics, then tell us in the comments which band’s pair is ugliest.

Next week: 100 Greatest Scarves.

Comments (22)
  1. You forgot about the MF DOOM Dunks

  2. Just go to no. 36 and stop there. HOV AF1s thats it

  3. Santigold actually has Vans and personally? They’re totally gorgeous.

  4. Early 1990′s Sonic Youth Vans auctioned for charity two weeks ago:

  5. I think the House of Pain, De La Soul, or Lupe Fiasco (not the dunks) ones look the best. As the article said most of them are completely horrible.

  6. Johnny Marr also came out with his own ltd edition PF Flyers a couple years ago. I snagged a pair and have only worn them once I think…

  7. What about AFI’s Macbeth sneakers? Theres a ton of others that Macbeth has of other bands

    • i’m sure there are tons of kiddie screamo and commercial hip hop groups who have sneakers but stereogum is only interested in representing indie friendly bands like green day and linkin park

  8. Big Boi has a pair of Converse.

  9. descendents did this a couple of years ago too-

  10. fuck all of this.

  11. wow, i cant believe i didnt know about all of these, thanks!!!

  12. I would count the Beatles one as being a “record label” shoe, given that it features the Apple Corps logo so prominently.

  13. Vans also made shoes for slayer and the germs

  14. the descendents vans kickASS!!!

  15. Eminem’s Jordan’s are actually Retro IV’s, not II’s.

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