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Vans and Stussy team up to make a sleek saddle shoe

June 23, 2010 | 12:27 pm


Vans has done some super collaborations -- with Marc Jacobs, Luella, the Simpsons and Iron Maiden to name a few.  The most recent pairing is a shoe designed with another SoCal-based label, Stussy  Girls, that was kicked off with a party Tuesday night at a loft space on La Brea Avenue.

The space was transformed to look and feel like a 1940s-style speakeasy, which is fitting since the shoe that’s resulted from this project is a slim, lace-up saddle shoe called the "Bailie." It comes in black and brown and is the first nonsneaker-type girl's shoe Vans has done in a collaboration.

Guests got a glimpse of the shoes, which were displayed like art around the loft. They then made their way to the digital photo booth, where they could dress up in bowler hats, fake handlebar mustaches and feather boas to get their picture snapped and then screened on the wall for all to see.

The Stussy Girls collaboration is the start of several fun, street-tough lines to come. Vans Girls has also done a line with street artist Claw Money. Get ready for splashy graffiti-style graphics on sneakers.

The Vans Girls x Stussy Girls “Bailie” shoe is $65 at and Stussy locations.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: The "Bailie" in brown, left; the Vans x Stussy Girls launch party, right. Credit: Melissa Magsaysay / Los Angeles Times