Madison Vanderberg
September 01, 2017 2:11 pm

Once it was announced that Karl Lagerfeld would be collaborating with skate brand Vans on a capsule collection, our inner sk8r girl screamed.

The collection is like a grown-up version of the classic Vans sneakers — Old Skool, Sk-8 Hi, and the Classic Slip-On.

At first glance, the shoes look the same, but on closer inspection, we notice quilted leather (like a Chanel purse, naturally) and “KARL” across the tongue.

We expect to see this as THE fashion shoe, aka buh-bye sparkly white Adidas.

We also seriously dig this backpack from the collection.

Vans X Karl Lagerfeld

The whole collection includes shoes, hats, clothing, and this premium leather backpack.

Not only are the leather shoes sleek and fashion-minded, but they are taking us back to our favorite throwback slip-on sneakers. Remember filling in the white parts with a highlighter?

Angie Dita, Vans Classics’ senior footwear designer, discussed how this collab came about:

Speaking on the fashion world’s interest in skate culture, and why high fashion brands like to collab with street wear brands, Dita says, “When I see the fashion world take references from skate trends or brands, I feel that they are intrigued by the fact that skaters are creatives that set their own rules and code. There is something intriguing about how skateboarding symbolizes a sense of independence and non-conforming attitude that begins at their youth. They follow their own path.”

The collection officially launches on September 7 on both Vans.com and Karl.com and the prices are supposed to range from $40-$300.

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