Vans has licensed with the USPS to bring some of that iconic-yet-understated postal flair into footwear and apparel.
Shipping out as part of the collection are four Vans classics: the Sk8-Hi MTE-1, Sk8-Hi Reissue, the Authentic and the Old Skool. Combining USPS dress blues with a dark “Blue Fog” shade, the Sk8-Hi MTE-1 is ready for the elements with an all-terrain outsole, a sherpa fleece-lined collar, heel pull tab and reflective tongue badge. The Postal Service’s eagle is emblazoned on the lateral half of each collar for a finishing touch. The Sk8-Hi Reissue is a Priority Mailbox in shoe form, thanks to an all-over Priority Mail print accented by red laces and a red text hit on its midsole.
The collection’s Authentic is constructed of light blue denim, which pulls inspiration from the USPS uniform. It’s also decorated with custom branding from heel to toe and certified with a unique stamp graphic on its tongue.
Finally, the Old Skool is built from supple, white tumbled leather, with signature USPS color on its Jazz Stripe and collar trim, a U.S. Mail logo directly below its midsole foxing, and a stamped tongue badge of its own. Each is packaged in a custom shoebox, made to match USPS Priority Mail and boxes, and lined with co-branded tissue paper.
Apparel offerings include the “Bulk Mail” pullover hooded sweatshirt and pocket T-shirt plus a “Priority” beanie, all presented in navy blue. The hoodie features a trio of graphic hits: an embroidered USPS truck on its chest, printed graphic on the left sleeve, and sizeable high-density print on the back. The pocket T-shirt features a small label on the pocket and a large Postal Service graphic printed on the back. The beanie has an oversized patch on its front plus Vans embroidery on the rear.
The Vans x USPS collection will be released via Vans.com, select Vans retailers, FootLocker.com and Foot Locker stores on Nov. 29.