It’s about that time again! In 2014 we saw some petty dope design that came from the Vans Custom Culture art project, high school students were inspired to express themselves through creative outlets. In doing this, the intention was to redirect attention to the dwindling funds for art education programs, but some brilliant designs also made their way to the stage.

The Vans Authentic, the Vans Sk8-Hi and the Vans Classic Slip-On were just a few of the silhouettes that were painted up by 50 schools across the country for the competition. While Vans filters though 2015’s dope designs, which should take plenty of time, they’ve chosen a winner from last year’s entries. Vans is releasing the “local flavor” colorway, designed in 2014 by Rio Rancho High School. The sneaker radiates Southwestern vibes all they way, with geometric patterns along the toe and plenty of color. The Vans Authentic “Local Flavor” is available today at select Vans retailers if you’re interested.


Author’s Take

And I call myself an artist…Rio Rancho High School definitely came through with this Southwestern-rooted look.

If you don’t like patterns, dope color schemes and the Authentic model? Then these aren’t for you…and I wonder if something is wrong with you. (Just Joshin)