I am so excited about this collaboration, and I've been waiting to share with you guys since I saw the preview at Canoe Inc's AW15 Press Day. Usually when I hear "disney collaboration" I cringe at the thought. This could really have gone one of two ways, and I should never have doubted it because honestly this collection is awesome!

Sharing a rich heritage rooted in Southern California, Vans and Disney have joined hands for a magical adventure reimagining beloved Disney characters across a collection of footwear, apparel and accessories for AW15. The collaboration provides a unique interpretation from Vans of iconic Disney characters that remain true to the Vans’ design aesthetic with added details that make this collection truly one-of-a-kind. This is actually the first time that another brand has been allowed to manipulate the characters of disney, my favourite is Winnie the Pooh carrying his skateboard, awesome Vans twist on one of our favourites!

The Young at Heart collection kicks off with a six-piece offering from Vans Classics. Mickey Mouse and his leading lady, Minnie Mouse, are featured on two colorways of the Vans Classic Slip-On in various states of action. Vans designers added a special touch to each print, styling Mickey in a red sneaker and Minnie in a pink sneaker alongside their traditional yellow footwear options. Everyone’s favourite hothead, Donald Duck, showcases his temperament across Vans’ first shoe model, the Authentic. On a second Authentic, you’ll find kind-hearted Winnie the Pooh wearing a homemade helmet and skateboard made from a tree from the Hundred Acre Wood (our favourite!). His skills as a skateboarder become thwarted with a busted front wheel. The collection rounds out with a timeless Mickey & Friends print featuring Donald, Mickey and their pals Goofy and Pluto. Each character is highlighted on the four panels of the Vans Sk8-Hi Reissue while the Era includes a collage of the timeless pattern. Luckily for us small footed people, the Mickey and Minnie Classic Slip-Ons, the Winnie the Pooh Authentic and Mickey & Friends Era are brought down to kids and toddler sizes, so we will also be able to enjoy the collection

The collaboration also brings forth an assortment of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. The men’s series highlights Mickey, Donald and the Mickey & Friends prints across a selection of tees, hats, backpacks and socks. Our girl Minnie Mouse leads the women’s series across a selection of tees and accessories including a cap, backpack, socks and keychain. 

The collection will be available this June at Vans retail stores and select locations globally. We cannot wait! Stay tuned here for updates and here up-to-date news on the release. 

What are your thoughts? Make sure you join the conversation at #disneyandvans!


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