Building Black Bed-Stuy, deeply rooted in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood, has consistently championed the cause of preserving and uplifting the black community. Through their multifaceted efforts, ranging from community events to meaningful fashion collaborations, they've made waves in representing their community's spirit and legacy. Partnering with Vans, they present the latest expression of their vision through the iconic Vans Authentic silhouette.
This iteration of the Vans Authentic retains its heritage white and black checkerboard pattern, synonymous with Vans. However, subtle and impactful modifications bring forth the essence of Building Black Bed-Stuy. Green and red touches adorn the plastic eyestays and the Vans tag, providing a touch of color to the design. The shoe proudly showcases the Building Black Bed-Stuy branding on the toe, midfoot, and the cushioned insole. What stands out the most is the powerful proclamation found both on the sole and the accompanying laces: "We believe that self-sufficiency is key on the journey to black liberation.”
The Building Black Bed-Stuy x Vans Authentic will release October 1, 2023, via Building Black Bed-Stuy, Vans, and potentially select retailers both online and in-store. As of this writing, the retail price has yet to be announced. Keep it locked to our Twitter and the Sole Retriever mobile app to stay updated on the latest releases, raffles, news, and more in the sneaker and streetwear realm.
Images via Building Black Bed-Stuy