Meet The Vans Bold Ni Sneaker
When it comes to Vans styles, you’ve definitely heard of the Sk8 Hi, Authentic, and Slip-On. The Bold Ni may not have the same name recognition, but this classic style is a must for any collector.
The look takes one of the brand’s archival styles and updates it with modern materials and aesthetics. A low-top lace-up shoe, it sports a vintage feel with updated foxing tape, a revised T-toe silhouette, and tonal stitching. There are also comfort features like an UltraCush Lite drop-in sockliner.
Part of what makes the Bold Ni so great is its lack of overt branding. The tongue label is removed for a sleeker look, making the style super versatile for collaborations. Rhude, Billy’s, and Beauty & Youth have all designed renditions of the sneaker.
Most recently, Vans dropped its first-time partnership with Southern California artist Julian Klincewicz—known for his projects with such leading artists as Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Beyoncé. Vault by Vans x Julian Klincewicz features a trio of Bold Ni LX sneakers.
In the past, Klicewicz has worked with brands like Calvin Klein (under Raf Simons), Louis Vuitton, MISBHV, Acne Studios, and Eckhaus Latta. The artist also recently exhibited in the Virgil Abloh curated “Coming of Age” exhibition.
For his Vans capsule, Klincewicz used the Latin prefix “COM” (meaning, “together”) to focus on human connection. Each style represents three pillars the artist feels represent a meaningful life—compassion, community, and communication. Hand-scrawled text and sketches of stars, hearts, and flowers are placed across the tongues in metallic gold. Vans’ signature Ultracush insole wears a circular imprint of Klicenwicz’s name, which shows up on a limited-edition dust bag as well.
“For me shoes, have always been such a part of defining identity, and I was thinking a lot about what goes into your identity, and how to make something that could function as a reminder that identity does not exist in a vacuum—it’s something that’s meant to be shared,” Klincewicz says. “I love the idea that we are not alone; we’re all humans. We’re in it together.”
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