Launching Nov. 3 at all Opening Ceremony locations, Vans enlisted the help of American model Natalie Westling to design a custom Sk8-Hi Reissue DX that draws inspiration from her own personal approach to style, with influences from the ’90s skate scene.
Westling, an Arizona native, picked up a skateboard at the age of three and has since found the striking similarities of riding atop her board and walking the runway.
“I was so honored to be a part of the Sk8-Hi campaign recently that it only felt right to choose the Sk8-Hi,” said Westling. “All in all, I wanted to create a shoe that I could skate in but was also different from all of my other Vans.”
Taking cues from her own personal tomboy aesthetic, Westling chose details like tan nubuck uppers, a blue leather Sidestripe and hang flag. Keeping with the skate aesthetic, the Sk8-Hi Reissue DX uses a mico-mesh mini checkerboard lining that was once used in Vans’ most iconic skate silhouettes throughout the ’90s, along with a dark gum sole. The Vans x Natalie Westling Sk8-Hi DX is finished with a custom blue footbed that is personalized with a ‘Natalie Skate’ emblem to match back to her own tattoos.
The Vans x Natalie Westling Sk8-Hi Reissue DX retails for $100 and will be sold exclusively online and at all Opening Ceremony locations.