natalie westling created her dream vans for opening ceremony

She was inspired by her own background and the 90s skate scene.

by Wendy Syfret
04 November 2016, 12:56pm

Natalie Westling — model, skater, Vans enthusiast — has designed a custom version of the brand's Sk8-Hi Reissue for Opening Ceremony. Not surprisingly, she took inspiration from her own skate history and the 90s scene. Already a brand ambassador for Sk8-Hi, she approached the project with a desire to "create a shoe that I could skate in but was also different from all of my other Vans."

The final design is a bit of a best of, taking cues from some of Vans's most iconic details. Her version has a tan nubuck upper, blue leather sidestripe and hang flag, dark gum sole, and mico-mesh mini checkerboard lining — Vans's signature. Finally the footbed is personalized with a "Natalie Skate" emblem designed to mirror the model's own tattoos.

Los Angeles photographer Christin Rose shot the accompanying campaign, which costars a group of local New York skaters. Christin is no stranger to the skate scene either, she founded She Plays We Win; a project that champions the positive impact sport can have in young women's lives.

The Vans x Natalie Westling Sk8-Hi Reissue DX are available at all Opening Ceremony stores and online from today. 

Related: Natalie Westling on how Vans has endured as a youth style staple for 50 years


Text Wendy Syfret
Images courtesy of Vans

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