Vans and Metallica are coming together to honor the 30th anniversary of the band’s all-time best-selling “Black Album” with a limited-edition Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On. The Vans x Metallica footwear assortment features artwork inspired by Metallica and designed by Metallica artist Pushead, and will be sold exclusively via Vans Family at 9 p.m. July 25, 2021, and on Metallica.com at 9 a.m. PST July 26.
Metallica’s self-titled, fifth studio album was released in August of 1991. It has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and spent over 580 consecutive weeks on the music charts. Vans and Metallica have been longtime partners and collaborators, the band having performed at House of Vans London in 2016 and released three previous footwear and apparel collaborations over the past decade. This July, Metallica and Vans once again are joining forces to release two footwear silhouettes, which feature artwork created by Pushead, who has provided iconic imagery and artwork for the band’s tour books, T-shirts and stages since 1986. Pushead’s “Sad But True” design is synonymous with the entire “Black Album” era; his twin skulls traveled the world, displayed on banners on each side of the stage while Metallica performed.
The latest Vans x Metallica release showcases Pushead’s enigmatic facing skulls across the quarter panels of the Sk8-Hi, as well as the opposing sides of each Classic Slip-On. Each design showcases a graphic blue shatter design and silver Metallica branding around the sidewall of Sk8-Hi and stop the upper of the Slip-On. Each pair is finished with Metallica printed on the heel stay.