California-based Vans introduced The Lizzie a skateboarding sneaker silhouette designed by American-Finnish professional skateboarder Lizzie Armanto. The shoe is meaningful in that it’s been 20 years since a woman last designed a signature sneaker.
A slim high-top silhouette, Lizzie was designed to have a low carbon footprint with a material story comprised of organic cotton, natural rubber, biobased foam and suede sourced by Leather Working Group, a gold-rated company for environmental responsibility.
In press about the release, Armanto stated, “I really enjoyed the process of creating a shoe from the ground up. I felt compelled to make a shoe that is simple, functional, feels good on your feet and has a bit of soul, and feel proud of what we were able to accomplish.”
Along with the sneakers, Vans and Armanto will also release a capsule collection featuring a striped shirt, tank top, vest, pants, socks and bucket hat.
The Lizzie Armanto x Vans collaboration launches on vans.com on March 10, 2022.