VANS AND TIMBERLAND UNVEIL THEIR FIRST-EVER COLLABORATION
The skate superstar and workwear giant have come together for the first time ever
Vans’ iconic Half Cab, the skate shoe that was first released in 1992, is nearing its 30th anniversary. To celebrate, over the past 12 months, a set of releases that encapsulates the Half Cab’s wide-reaching cultural influence have hit shelves, so for the latest installment and grand finale, the Half Cab is getting completely reimagined through the eyes of Timberland. Vans and Timberland have come together for an entirely new hybrid silhouette dubbed the Vans Skateboarding x Timberland Half Cab Hiker, a design that’s half skate shoe, half hiking boot, and entirely unique. Marking the two brands’ first-ever collaboration.
The Half Cab Hiker draws equal inspiration from the Half Cab and Timberland’s Euro Hiker, a lightweight yet surprisingly sturdy hiking boot created in 1988 that, just like the Half Cab, has transcended its original purpose to be adopted by a variety of subcultures worldwide. The Euro Hiker’s clean silhouette, earth-inspired colorways, and outdoor reputation have made it a wintertime staple for style-conscious city dwellers – much in the same way skaters still look to the Half Cab for timeless performance.
With this new capsule collaboration, the Half Cab’s familiar ⅝ cut upper is placed on top of Euro Hiker boot tooling and amplified with metal eyestays plus two-tone round boot laces. From a construction standpoint, each pair is made from a combo of canvas and Timberland’s premium leather. There’s also a ReBOTL™ lining that’s made from at least 50% recycled plastic, helping keep waste out of landfills. Padded leather collars, rubber lug outsoles, and co-branded Vans/Timberland detailing round off the look in both the Wheat and Chocolate/Olive colorways.
However, that’s not all the brands are doing to celebrate the shoe’s anniversary. Accompanying the Half Cab Hikers is an entirely new take on Timberland’s paradigmatic Premium 6-Inch Waterproof Boots. First introduced in 1973, the 6-Inch Boot provides an instantly recognizable style that’s been revamped by the Vans team for a combination of streetwear, workwear, and skate aesthetics. This new edition of the Vans Skateboarding x Timberland 6-Inch Boot comes exclusively in Black.
The Vans Skateboarding x Timberland collaboration will touch down on December 20 via select Vans & Timberland retail stores, Vans.com, and Timberland.com. The Half Cab Hikers are priced at $160 USD, while the 6-Inch Boot retails for $230.