Don’t mess with the classics is an established rule of design. It’s a fundamentally sound principle. When something has worked for a long enough time, it doesn’t need to be reinterpreted by every person passing through the doors. There’s nothing wrong with a subtle tweak here or there, though. Premium leather uppers offer a refined style upgrade, without detracting from the original spirit of the shoes.
Outer design may be off limits for major changes, but there’s certainly no rule, written or unwritten about boosting the inner workings, and making a classic more functional. Vans Vault have taken a selection of iconic skate silhouettes, the Sk8-Hi, Old Skool, and Authentic, and added a technologically upgraded sole that offers softer cushioning and lighter weight.
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