Van’s Authentic is one of the brand’s most significant shoes of all time, playing a pivotal role in the company’s early success. Originally known as the “Vans Style #44,” the Authentic was one of the models offered by the Southern California company when it opened its first store in Anaheim when the brand was still operating under the banner of “The Van Doren Rubber Company” in 1966. And despite more than half-a-century having passed, the Authentic still stands as a footwear icon and a valued member of Van’s lineup.
Paying homage to the sneaker’s mythical status is a new three-way collaboration between Montreal-based retailer, Off The Hook, Vault By Vans (the company’s artist and collaboration division), and noted photographer, author, director, publisher, consultant, and curator, Paul Labonté. Dubbed the “Authentic Vault LX,” the limited editions adorn the skate sneaker classic in DWR-treated, heavy-duty 20oz duck canvas uppers. The LE’s white colorway is a nod to the popularity of all-white sneakers in the ‘90s, while the shoe’s low production volume of 107 units is in reference to the 107 bus that Labonté used to take to downtown Montreal. Available now, the Vault by Vans x OTH x Paul Labonté Authentic Vault LX is priced at $85.