When given the opportunity to work alongside Vans Syndicate we jumped at the chance. Choosing the Derby as a silhouette was an obvious first choice, as it’s a functional skate shoe favoured by customers and team riders. Having chosen that shoe, we worked closely with the guys over at Vans to create the ultimate version of it. Using the Syndicate resources meant we could choose from a wide range of materials and create our vision, a stylish high-end shoe which is still ultimately skateable. We chose high quality leathers for the upper with a wing tip design on the toe. Coupled with some fine detailing such as the copper and brass eyelets, the shoe came out just as we’d hoped.

The formula Slam has favoured for a long time; creating aesthetically pleasing desirable products intended to be thrashed on the streets lends itself well to the Syndicate remit. Our version of the Derby has held up well while being shredded by Slam team and staff this last month. Boardfeel is just as you’d expect from the inimitable Vans waffle sole but protection was in no way compromised. Attention to detail meant that these also come with an ImpactSorb in-sole which features a lot of padding in the heel area making the shoe as functional as possible. We are pleased to bring you this Slam City Skates x Vans Syndicate project designed to look good on and off a skateboard.

Buy them and bash them up.

Slam City Skates.