Shanghai sneaker boutique ACU celebrates its first Vans collaboration with a tribute to a local street vendor delicacy, the Chinese Mitten Crab, or as it is more popularly known, the Shanghai Hairy Crab. The construction of the classic Vans slip on mirrors the presentation of this seasonal dish.
The heel collar is outfitted in a hairy textile that mirrors the “mitten” crab claws, while a dark green, leather upper resembles raw crab meat. As the shoe wears over time, a the green layer will become worn and expose a second layer of orange, ‘cooked’ crab. The blue and white striped design on the shoe’s piping and sole are taken from the string that the prepared crabs come wrapped in.
Unlike the actual Shanghai Hairy Crab, you can’t just snap these up from any old place on the street, so its best to get an order in while the meat is fresh.
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