Quilted MTE Sk8-Hi DX

 
The Quilted MTE Sk8-Hi DX combines influences of classic technical outdoor footwear and apparel design with a high quality, luxury aesthetic. The premium materials, deconstructed styling, quilted tongue and completely monochromatic palette of the Sk8-Hi silhouette create a minimal feel which belies the inherent functional outdoor technology borrowed from Vans’ MTE ‘Designed for the Elements’ collections. The shoes feature a heat retention layer between the sockliner and outsole to keep feet warm, padded collar and heel counters for support, a vulcanized lug outsole for maximum traction in wet weather, and premium, weatherproof leather uppers. A custom striped nylon webbing pull tab helps slip shoes over winter socks.  Photography by Connor Linde in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The Quilted MTE Sk8-Hi DX combines influences of classic technical outdoor footwear and apparel design with a high quality, luxury aesthetic. The premium materials, deconstructed styling, quilted tongue and completely monochromatic palette of the Sk8-Hi silhouette create a minimal feel which belies the inherent functional outdoor technology borrowed from Vans’ MTE ‘Designed for the Elements’ collections. The shoes feature a heat retention layer between the sockliner and outsole to keep feet warm, padded collar and heel counters for support, a vulcanized lug outsole for maximum traction in wet weather, and premium, weatherproof leather uppers. A custom striped nylon webbing pull tab helps slip shoes over winter socks. 

Photography by Connor Linde in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The 101's

 
As the sport of skateboarding was still emerging in the early 80s, its fashion was influenced by the colors and style of the times more than any specific skateboarding culture in and of itself: bright colors, bold fabrics and flashy graphics, and in NYC specifically, basketball style, tony sports culture, hip-hop style. Skateboarding in the 80s was owned by skateboarders; skateboard companies were run by skateboarders, and a feeling of youth and completely free expression permeated skateboarding fashion, there was no other marketing agenda. The 101’s modernize some of our favorite details and silhouettes from these times in an updated Sk8-Hi Reissue LX. Pared back to simple fabrics in classic team colors, they have a vintage sports feel that is characterized by 80s and 90s East Coast skateboarding. Constructed in canvas with a premium leather side stripe and heel, details include a nylon tongue facing, cotton terry cloth tongue backing, removable striped ankle strap and The Vans DQM General logos in the footbed and at the heel tab. Photography by Dominic Neitz and Kevin Trageser. Worn by Dustin Eggeling in the Lower East Side, New York City.

As the sport of skateboarding was still emerging in the early 80s, its fashion was influenced by the colors and style of the times more than any specific skateboarding culture in and of itself: bright colors, bold fabrics and flashy graphics, and in NYC specifically, basketball style, tony sports culture, hip-hop style. Skateboarding in the 80s was owned by skateboarders; skateboard companies were run by skateboarders, and a feeling of youth and completely free expression permeated skateboarding fashion, there was no other marketing agenda. The 101’s modernize some of our favorite details and silhouettes from these times in an updated Sk8-Hi Reissue LX. Pared back to simple fabrics in classic team colors, they have a vintage sports feel that is characterized by 80s and 90s East Coast skateboarding. Constructed in canvas with a premium leather side stripe and heel, details include a nylon tongue facing, cotton terry cloth tongue backing, removable striped ankle strap and The Vans DQM General logos in the footbed and at the heel tab.

Photography by Dominic Neitz and Kevin Trageser. Worn by Dustin Eggeling in the Lower East Side, New York City.

The Halves

 
The Halves collection includes an OG SK8-Hi LX and an OG Style 36 LX, both produced in all black and all white premium leather color ways. Made exclusively for DQM, the shoes are inspired by a study in minimalism, and in contrasts and transitions: two parts of one, light and dark, black and white, and the gray areas. The shoes combine a feeling of minimalism, with refined, pared-back styling and a completely monotone palette, with a feeling of luxury, fabricated in soft, super premium full-grain leather and featuring quilted leather tongues and gold foil printing on cork insoles. They have a deconstructed look with minimal branding, simple punched eyelets and high-density printed side-stripes. Photographed by Dominic Neitz in New York.

The Halves collection includes an OG SK8-Hi LX and an OG Style 36 LX, both produced in all black and all white premium leather color ways. Made exclusively for DQM, the shoes are inspired by a study in minimalism, and in contrasts and transitions: two parts of one, light and dark, black and white, and the gray areas. The shoes combine a feeling of minimalism, with refined, pared-back styling and a completely monotone palette, with a feeling of luxury, fabricated in soft, super premium full-grain leather and featuring quilted leather tongues and gold foil printing on cork insoles. They have a deconstructed look with minimal branding, simple punched eyelets and high-density printed side-stripes.

Photographed by Dominic Neitz in New York.

Square Ones: 'Vansguard'

 
The second Square Ones release features Vansguard waterproof technology on a brushed twill upper, and a color story inspired by classic English raincoats. Made exclusively for DQM, the shoes are inspired by the utility and economy of a basic, what it means for a product to be useful, to be essential or classic. Working towards that idea of a true basic, DQM has pared back Vans’ Old Skool LX style to the essentials. The shoe has a deconstructed feel with minimal branding, stitched side stripes and stitched eyelets. Constructed in durable but light-weight brushed cotton twill with water-resistant Vansguard treatment, the shoes are available in Black, Nautical Blue and Seneca Rock. Details include neon yellow, light-weight and washable Ortholite insoles for comfort, and flat matching color laces with striped aglets. Photographed by Dominic Neitz in Manhattan, New York.

The second Square Ones release features Vansguard waterproof technology on a brushed twill upper, and a color story inspired by classic English raincoats. Made exclusively for DQM, the shoes are inspired by the utility and economy of a basic, what it means for a product to be useful, to be essential or classic. Working towards that idea of a true basic, DQM has pared back Vans’ Old Skool LX style to the essentials. The shoe has a deconstructed feel with minimal branding, stitched side stripes and stitched eyelets. Constructed in durable but light-weight brushed cotton twill with water-resistant Vansguard treatment, the shoes are available in Black, Nautical Blue and Seneca Rock. Details include neon yellow, light-weight and washable Ortholite insoles for comfort, and flat matching color laces with striped aglets.

Photographed by Dominic Neitz in Manhattan, New York.

 'Blue Note Records’

 
DQM collaborated with Vans to produce a very special project with the iconic Blue Note Records. Releasing in the Spring and Summer of 2015, the project included two separate, consecutive footwear releases accompanied by a film featuring Don Was, the renowned musician/ producer President of Blue Note Records, and the legendary skateboarder and jazz-inspired contemporary musician Ray Barbee. Founded in New York in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, Blue Note Records recently celebrated 75 years recording the world’s greatest jazz. Many Blue Note albums, especially from the 1950’s and early 1960’s, are considered to the be the finest jazz recordings of all time, such that the record label name itself is now synonymous with the seminal American music form. The Blue Note Records project produced by DQM and Vans is inspired by the rhythm and extemporization that exists similarly within music, especially jazz, and skateboarding. Equally characterized by free-form thinking, style and improvisation, the art forms of music and skateboarding share a special connection. Both start with a simple stroke of the guitar, a push on a skateboard, and from there, its flow. The project includes consecutive footwear releases produced exclusively for DQM; an OG Era LX and an OG Sk8-Hi LX style in two colorways, ‘The Colors’, and ‘The Blues’. The shoes are constructed in 6oz canvas yardage printed with a collage featuring cover art from Blue Note’s epic catalog; each pair is unique.

DQM collaborated with Vans to produce a very special project with the iconic Blue Note Records. Releasing in the Spring and Summer of 2015, the project included two separate, consecutive footwear releases accompanied by a film featuring Don Was, the renowned musician/ producer President of Blue Note Records, and the legendary skateboarder and jazz-inspired contemporary musician Ray Barbee.

Founded in New York in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, Blue Note Records recently celebrated 75 years recording the world’s greatest jazz. Many Blue Note albums, especially from the 1950’s and early 1960’s, are considered to the be the finest jazz recordings of all time, such that the record label name itself is now synonymous with the seminal American music form.

The Blue Note Records project produced by DQM and Vans is inspired by the rhythm and extemporization that exists similarly within music, especially jazz, and skateboarding. Equally characterized by free-form thinking, style and improvisation, the art forms of music and skateboarding share a special connection. Both start with a simple stroke of the guitar, a push on a skateboard, and from there, its flow.

The project includes consecutive footwear releases produced exclusively for DQM; an OG Era LX and an OG Sk8-Hi LX style in two colorways, ‘The Colors’, and ‘The Blues’. The shoes are constructed in 6oz canvas yardage printed with a collage featuring cover art from Blue Note’s epic catalog; each pair is unique.

Brownstones

 
The shoes are inspired by the brownstone row houses of New York and the North East. Drawing from the natural shades of the Jurassic sandstone material, the collection includes four styles: a Sk8-Hi 46 LX and Old Skool LX in colorways of grays and red brick/ brown. Constructed in a combination of premium leather, suede, nubuck and canvas, the shoes feature riveted brass eyelets with single tortoise glass eyelet detail, waxed flat laces, gum outsole and The General’s signature navy blue heel tab print. A custom, artist-commissioned illustration is printed on the insoles. Built for the East Coast’s inclement weather, the shoes feature water-resistant Scotchgard™ weather protection treatment. Photography by Dominic Neitz in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York.

The shoes are inspired by the brownstone row houses of New York and the North East. Drawing from the natural shades of the Jurassic sandstone material, the collection includes four styles: a Sk8-Hi 46 LX and Old Skool LX in colorways of grays and red brick/ brown. Constructed in a combination of premium leather, suede, nubuck and canvas, the shoes feature riveted brass eyelets with single tortoise glass eyelet detail, waxed flat laces, gum outsole and The General’s signature navy blue heel tab print. A custom, artist-commissioned illustration is printed on the insoles. Built for the East Coast’s inclement weather, the shoes feature water-resistant Scotchgard™ weather protection treatment.

Photography by Dominic Neitz in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York.

Square Ones

 
Made exclusively for DQM, the shoes are inspired by the utility and economy of a basic, what it means for a product to be useful, to be essential or classic. A true ‘basic’ is designed with simplicity, utility and economy in mind; a basic is something that works. Considering what the aesthetic and functional qualities of a manufactured product would be if you only had one of it, DQM has pared back Vans’ Sk8-Hi, Old Skool and Authentic styles to the very essentials. Built to be worn daily, the shoes are constructed in a light-weight cotton ripstop fabric that won’t tear, in a wear with anything white. They feature tracer cord laces that won’t break, a flexible and washable light-weight Ortholite insole, and deconstructed styling including stitched side stripes. Photographed by Dominic Neitz in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.

Made exclusively for DQM, the shoes are inspired by the utility and economy of a basic, what it means for a product to be useful, to be essential or classic. A true ‘basic’ is designed with simplicity, utility and economy in mind; a basic is something that works. Considering what the aesthetic and functional qualities of a manufactured product would be if you only had one of it, DQM has pared back Vans’ Sk8-Hi, Old Skool and Authentic styles to the very essentials. Built to be worn daily, the shoes are constructed in a light-weight cotton ripstop fabric that won’t tear, in a wear with anything white. They feature tracer cord laces that won’t break, a flexible and washable light-weight Ortholite insole, and deconstructed styling including stitched side stripes.

Photographed by Dominic Neitz in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.

HBT Authentics

 
The ‘HBT Authentic’ collection is inspired by the Herringbone Twill (HBT) uniform introduced in World War II. Made of of 8.2-ounce heavy cotton herringbone twill cloth, the uniform consisted of an OD shirt, trousers, and a circular-billed cotton utility hat. It was initially meant to be worn over the basic wool uniform to provide protection, but soon proved to be a much better material as the primary uniform for hot weather and tropical climates. Using an unique enzyme process created specifically for this project, we wanted to make a subtle camo using the highs and lows that the enzyme process created. The reference for the colors are Jungle, Desert and Ocean. The eyelets have a saltwater patina finish and the shoes utilize a siped bottomplate for the functionality of the tread on wet surfaces Photographed by Gerhard Stochl in The Rockaways, New York.

The ‘HBT Authentic’ collection is inspired by the Herringbone Twill (HBT) uniform introduced in World War II. Made of of 8.2-ounce heavy cotton herringbone twill cloth, the uniform consisted of an OD shirt, trousers, and a circular-billed cotton utility hat. It was initially meant to be worn over the basic wool uniform to provide protection, but soon proved to be a much better material as the primary uniform for hot weather and tropical climates. Using an unique enzyme process created specifically for this project, we wanted to make a subtle camo using the highs and lows that the enzyme process created. The reference for the colors are Jungle, Desert and Ocean. The eyelets have a saltwater patina finish and the shoes utilize a siped bottomplate for the functionality of the tread on wet surfaces

Photographed by Gerhard Stochl in The Rockaways, New York.

I Love New York

 
Made exclusively for DQM, the “I Love New York” collection of two shoes – a Vans Authentic and a Sk8-Hi – use the famous “I Love New York” graphic, the symbol of our city. Designed by Milton Glaser in 1977, the iconic pop-style graphic stands as a postmodern signature of New York; ubiquitous on plastic shopping bags and T-shirts in delis and souvenir stores throughout the city, with the trademarked logo used officially to promote tourism in the state. The graphic is printed all over on classic off-white canvas on the Authentic, and all over the quarter of the Sk8-Hi, which is finished with a black leather side stripe. Portraits of true New Yorkers photographed by Pepsi Kim in New York City.

Made exclusively for DQM, the “I Love New York” collection of two shoes – a Vans Authentic and a Sk8-Hi – use the famous “I Love New York” graphic, the symbol of our city. Designed by Milton Glaser in 1977, the iconic pop-style graphic stands as a postmodern signature of New York; ubiquitous on plastic shopping bags and T-shirts in delis and souvenir stores throughout the city, with the trademarked logo used officially to promote tourism in the state. The graphic is printed all over on classic off-white canvas on the Authentic, and all over the quarter of the Sk8-Hi, which is finished with a black leather side stripe.

Portraits of true New Yorkers photographed by Pepsi Kim in New York City.

Wovens

 
The Suede Wovens collection is comprised of an Era and a Sk8-Hi in rust and black suede, and introduces a new diamond patterned woven suede fabrication for the quarter, completely woven by hand. Suede – the most durable and dependable material for skate shoes – was used throughout the upper of the shoe and is combined with a white midsole and classic gum waffle sole. Photography by Aaron Joseph in Piermont, New York.

The Suede Wovens collection is comprised of an Era and a Sk8-Hi in rust and black suede, and introduces a new diamond patterned woven suede fabrication for the quarter, completely woven by hand. Suede – the most durable and dependable material for skate shoes – was used throughout the upper of the shoe and is combined with a white midsole and classic gum waffle sole.

Photography by Aaron Joseph in Piermont, New York.

Harrington Lo Madero

 
The Harrington Lo, a Vans Madero silhouette, is available in red, navy and green herringbone cotton canvas. The shoes feature a plaid cotton lining, color block siped sole and gold ‘New York’ print at the leather heel tab. The shoes come with custom striped and checked laces. The Vans DQM General logo is printed in gold foil on the insole. Video filmed in New York by Marcus Manoogian and Vic Sorvino.

The Harrington Lo, a Vans Madero silhouette, is available in red, navy and green herringbone cotton canvas. The shoes feature a plaid cotton lining, color block siped sole and gold ‘New York’ print at the leather heel tab. The shoes come with custom striped and checked laces. The Vans DQM General logo is printed in gold foil on the insole.

Video filmed in New York by Marcus Manoogian and Vic Sorvino.