Vans X Liberty: the new collection

One of my best ever purchases was a pair of Liberty print skate shoes. OK, I admit they aren’t by the original skate shoe brand – Vans – but my Y.M.C. floral print sneakers get me more compliments than most of my other shoes. So as they’re starting to look a bit tatty (I’ve worn them A LOT), I reckon it’s time to invest in a new pair. And it just so happens that tomorrow (November 17th), Vans launches its fourth collaboration with Liberty Art Fabrics.

Vans x Liberty_Old Skool_Holiday 2014
Vans X Liberty Old Skool sneakers, £55,

There’s something about Liberty print that works particularly well on trainers – Nike has done it, Y.M.C. has done it, Gola has done it – so it’s great that Vans is into its fourth season and these prints are GORGEOUS. Though I don’t know how they ever make a decision; I had the privilege of seeing some of the hundreds of Liberty swatches in the store archives earlier this year (there’s even an Isle of Wight print – imagine how excited I’d be if someone put that on a sneaker!) and the choice is insane!

Vans x Liberty_Authentic_Holiday 2014
Vans X Liberty Authentic, £50,
Vans x Liberty_Sk8-Hi Reissue_Holiday 2014
Vans X Liberty Sk8-Hi Reissue, £57,

You’d be surprised how much of your wardrobe a pair of floral trainers goes with. They look great if you wear all black and make your feet a point of interest. They’d also set off a pair of grey tailored trousers a treat. And they look cool with a leather pencil skirt and a sweatshirt. I like to wear mine with a classic Breton stripe and denim dungarees – the ultimate stylish weekend outfit. My favourite style is the Old Skool sneakers (top) – what’s yours? Leave comments below – I’d love to know!

Vans x Liberty_Era_Holiday 2014
Vans X Liberty Era, £52,
Vans x Liberty_Classic Slip-On_Holiday 2014
Vans X Liberty Classic Slip-On, £50,
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