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Snaps: Vans Custom Culture Contest Benefits High School Arts

The sixth annual Vans Custom Culture contest is underway and we're seeing TONS of awesomeness from some pretty talented teens. The contest awards $50,000 to the high school art class with the best customized sneaker design. For this year’s contest, the Cypress, Calif.-based action-sports brand received more than 2,500 entries — the most ever — and has narrowed the pool to 50 high schools divided among five U.S. regions: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest and California.

California is a region all by itself now? According to FN, Megan Klempa, brand-activation manager for Vans Custom Culture, that the applications from that state were equal to almost all of the other states combined.

“When we first started, we had maybe 300 schools participating. Now there are almost 3,000,” said Klempa. “It’s amazing to see how many come back each year and keep trying to win.”

To compete, each high school creates four unique designs on iconic Vans shoes, such as the Authentic, Classic Slip-On, 106 Vulcanized and Sk8-Hi. The public is allowed to vote on the 50 finalists through May 11, and then the top five contenders will be invited to an awards event in June at Industria Superstudio in New York, where a panel of celebrity guests will pick the Grand Prize winner.

Last year’s champion, Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico, is a three-time winner, so the group opted to share the cash with all the art classes in the their district.

To see Rio Rancho’s 2014 designs, check out the sneaks below. Their “local flavor” colorway, featuring Southwestern scenery on the upper of a Vans Authentic laceup, is available for purchase now for $55 on and at select Vans retail locations. Proceeds go to partner organization Americans for the Arts, which works to promote arts education in the U.S.

Vans also is working with other key partners on the Custom Culture contest. Retail chain Journeys will award $15,000 to the school with the best “local flavor” design, and Laguna College of Art & Design will offer partial scholarships to seniors from the top five schools.





Snaps: Vans x & Other Stories Collab For an Ageless New Ad Campaign

Scandis, & Other Stories have teamed up with skater sneaker brand Vans to bring you a collaboration collection of leather sneaks that hold more than just silhouette appeal. Building on classic Vans with an & Other Stories revamp, this collaboration is the perfect taste of summer. In blush pink and black and white print colorways, the trainers come in leather lace-up Authentics or Slip-ons.


& Other Stories’ shoe designer, Nicole Wilson said of the collection: “We’ve interpreted Vans’ heritage sneakers in an & Other Stories way, bringing refinement and feminine edge to Vans’ street style legacy.” Gorge granny, Daphne Selfe, the oldest model in the world at a young 86 and 22-year-old Flo Dron star in the campaign.


Check out more of the campaign below and if you'd like to purchase either the Leather Old School or the Dalmation Sneaker, head to the & Other Stories e-shop.







Kicks Of The Day: April 14, 2015

2790B75600000578-3038564-Airport_style_Miranda_Kerr_landed_at_Haneda_International_Airpor-m-2_1429045776736 Airport style! Miranda Kerr hit the model poses as soon as she landed at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday.  The model flew chic in a black crop-top and matching skinny jeans paired with her Reebok Skyscape Fuse Sneakers in Blazing Pink.

jessica-alba-new-york-city-pic197730 Jessica Alba strolled through New York streets bundled to perfection wearing Under Armour Speedform Gemini Running Shoes and Vie Active Rockell Tights in Urban Warrior.

christina-milian-sneaker-shopping-in-los-angeles-april-2015_3 Seeing Christina Milian on list is clearly becoming a daily thing, but we can't deny her sneaker game.  The singer was on point once again as she sneaker shopped in Los Angeles rocking a super cute white pencil skirt with a fresh out the box pair of OG Nike Cortez.

unnamed-8 Tracee Ellis Ross loves the kids and we love her!  The proud auntie showed all of those pearly whites with her nephew in a fresh pair of adidas Originals Stan Smith Kazuki in white and tiger.

gwyneth-paltrow-casual-style-leaving-gracias-madre-in-west-hollywood-april-2015_2 Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted leaving Gracias Madre in Valentino Green Stripe Leather Sneakers.

Karrueche Tran leaves Coachella Neon After Party in Palm Spring Karrueche Tran sported a perfect tan in her perfect post-Easter white separates and a pair of Vans Sk8-Hi in Navy.

Kicks Of The Day: March 31, 2015

rihanna-new-york-city-pic194880 Back in NYC, Rihanna stepped out in Puma Carson Running Shoes and that Dior Diorama Bag she loves, all in preparation for the release of BFF Melissa Forde's bucket hat collab with Wrkng Title. By the way, that's Melissa's M$$Xwt Pink Pineapple Print Bucket Hat sitting pretty on Rih's noggin. You like?

rita-ora-london-england-pic194878 Rita Ora traipsed about London Town in a pair of adidas Originals Superstar 2 Sneakers in Light Scarlet

unnamed-17 Model and one of our favorite sneaker lovers, Rachel Tyler, hung out in the trees clad in jeans and her Vans Old School Platform Low.

unnamed-18 Kylie Jenner posted up for some morning glam in a pair of Balenciaga Marble Print High Top Sneakers.

Screen shot 2015-03-31 at 9.12.38 PM Karrueche Tran was all up in the park working on her fitness.  The pint-sized beauty planted her feet in a pair of Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 sneakers for some heavy-duty rope work.  You go girl!

Who brought your favorites this Tuesday?

Kicks Of The Day: March 17, 2015

Kendall-Jenner-in-Jeans--03-662x962 Kendall Jenner tried to keep undercover, but we spotted her Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers paired perfectly with a knotted crop and distressed boyfriend jeans. Oh - and that Celine Smooth Leather Nano Luggage purse in Navy? Approved.

unnamed-9 Dej Loaf was all gold everything as she readied for an appearance in a pair of fresh-to-death Nike Air Huarache in 'Bronzine.'

khloe-kardashian-leaving-the-gym-pic191909 Another member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan made it to the list as Khloe Kardashian made her post-workout exit sporting a Givenchy Plane Print Backpack, Nike Epic Lux Printed Active Leggings and a pair of Nike Free 5.0 running shoes.

26BC94EC00000578-2999127-image-a-29_1426609065635 Rita Ora was spotted en route to a London studio, clutching her Chanel Pearl Necklace, a Chanel Metallic Vintage Backpack and rocking her Rita Ora X Adidas Superstar 80s.  I'm digging this toned down look from Rita. Are you?

jessica-alba-santa-monica-pic191397 Jessica Alba continues to keep it cute in her kicks and this time, she added a little skirt flare. The Honest mama stepped out in Los Angeles in an Aritzia Sunday Best Orwell Tank in Burgundy Twist and a WAYF Plaid Skirt paired with her Vans Tortoise Eyelets Authentic Lo Pro Sneakers in Pomegranate.


16-karlie-kloss-3.w245.h368.2x Last but not least, Karlie Kloss took a break from hitting runways to helm a panel at SXSW (re: technology and how it revolutionized of Fashion Week) in Austin, Texas. Karlie showed her support for women in tech and sported her favorite Superga Cotu Classics. Win and win.

Which lady rocked your favorite look?


Kicks Of The Day: March 12, 2014

266D03F300000578-0-image-m-2_1425773545389 Jessica Alba looked quite bumblebee chic as she traipsed around LAX in her Black Patent Leather Slip on Sneakers by Vans.

Screen shot 2015-03-11 at 10.24.02 PM Draya earns a high five from us as she took to the streets for last weeks Susan G. Koman Race For The Cure in her Nike Free Inneva Woven Sneakers.

Screen shot 2015-03-11 at 10.26.52 PM Angela Simmons struck a planned pose and showed off her street style in a fresh pair of  Air Jordan 1s in Black/Grey/Red.

Screen shot 2015-03-11 at 10.34.30 PM Elle Varner hit the studio in head-to-toe Melody Ehsani, hitting those high notes in a cute crop top and Melody's latest M.E. x Reebok Pump release.

khloe-kardashian-los-angeles-pic191292 Khloe Kardashian hit her post-workout stride as she zipped around Los Angeles wearing Nike Zoom Vomero 9 Sneakers and a Nike Track and Field Crop Full-Zip.



#CNK | First Kicks: July Releases

It's a new month, kickers and you know what that means: NEW RELEASES. Personally, I'm the type that likes to plan ahead when it comes to sneaker purchases so, we've decided to provide a solid for you ladies who feel the same. Check below for July releases from your favorite brands and be sure to check back on LacedHustleCNK throughout the month for additions to each list as they are announced!





Nike LeBron 11 Max Low Colors: Blue-Hyper Pink, Electric Green, Medium Khaki, Turbo Green, Dark Grey

Release Date: 07/01/2014




Nike Air Max Bo Jax Premium "South Beach"

Color: Hyper Jade/Black-Light Magnet Grey-Hyper Punch Release Date: 07/03/14




Nike LeBron 11 EXT Suede QS "Kings Crown"  Color: Iridescent Metallic Gold

Release Date: 07/04/2014



Nike Air Max Lunar 1 "OG Sport Red"

Color: White/Chilling-Red-Neutral Grey

Style Code: 654469-101

Release Date: 07/05/2014



Nike Sportswear Women's 'Brazil Artist' Collection

Shoe: 'Pulso Forte' Women's Roshe Run

Release Date: 07/11/2014




Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low "Michael Jackson" Color: Hyper Grape/White-Cave Purple Style Code: 639045-515 Release Date: 07/12/14



Nike KD VII "35,000 Degrees Color: Bright Mango/Space Blue/Light Magnet Grey Style Code: 653996-840 Release Date: 07/12/14



Nike Lil Penny Posite Color: University Red/Black Release Date: 07/12/14



Nike Hyperdunk 2014

Release Date: 07/14/2014



Nike LeBron 11 Low Color: Black/Hyper Crimson/Hyper Cobalt Style Code: 642849-078 Release Date: 07/31/2014






Jordan Future Colors: Wolf Grey/Wolf Grey-White & Gym Red/Red-White Style Codes: 656503-004 & 656503-601 Release Date: 07/02/14



Air Jordan 14 Retro Color: Black/Vibrant Yellow-White Style Code: 487471-070 Release Date: 07/04/2014



Air Jordan 1 Retro ’99 "Black Toe" Color: White/Black-Gym Red Style Code: 654140-101 Release Date: 07/09/14



Air Jordan 1 Retro ’99 "Thunder" Color: Black/Grey/Yellow Release Date: 07/09/14



Jordan Future "Jade" Color: Hyper Jade/Hyper Jade Clear Style Code: 656503-315 Release Date: 07/12/2014




Air Jordan 3 Retro Color: Wolf Grey/Metallic Silver-Black-White Style Code: 136064-004 Release Date: 07/19/2014



Air Jordan 5 Retro 3Lab5 Color: Black/Black Metallic Silver Style Code: 599581-003 Release Date: 07/26/14




WISH x adidas SL Loop Runner “Independent Currency” Release Date: 07/04/14 (Select Retailers Only)





Size? x Puma “Wilderness Pack” Release Date: 07/12/14




Solebox x Reebok Insta Pump Fury 20th Anniversary Release Date: 07/05/14



Major x Reebok Instapump Fury

Release Date: 07/12/14




New Balance P740 OG “Worthy Express” Release Date: 07/10/14





Saucony Shadow 5000 "Cavity Pack"

Color: Black Razz/Minty Fresh

Release Date: 07/15/2014




Odd Future Vans Syndicate Old School Pro S Release Date: 07/19/14