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Covering 30,000 sq feet under Waterloo’s tunnels, House of Vans is a skate – BMX – art – music – visual – event space which has at long last opened its doors today to a much anticipated London crowd. The House is divided into five tunnels each with a different event space. From the screening room in Tunnel 2 to the gig space of Tunnel 3, the House of Vans vibrates with energy, but it’s Tunnel 4 that has the very impressive pool-style skate park, complete with viewing hub and tv screens to catch all the skate/BMX talent.

As it’s the opening weekend, there’s a series of screenings, workshops and gigs over the next couple of days, and I rushed over this afternoon on Day 1 to find it happily lived up to every bit of its hype.

Skateboarding legends Tony Alva and Christian Hosoi were spotted, casually chatting in the adjacent cafe and later, Vans founder, Steve Van Doren himself – in a Hawaiian shirt and Vans slip ons of course. I gifted myself to a few freebies that were on hand, and then queued up for a visit to the pop up workshops in the Vans Labs – all while beats echoed through the tunnels from the resident DJ.

DJ Barely Legal

I got to try my hand at screen printing in Vans Lab #1, courtesy of Lovenskate. I printed my own very cool London edition House of Vans tshirt!

House of Vans tshirt printing

Afterwards, I queued up again for a bespoke House of Vans manicure from Wah Nails in Vans Lab #4. I chose the classic logo and 20 minutes later walked out with the cutest nail art design! I’m seriously impressed with the precision on the lettering – can’t stop looking at my nails.

House of Vans Wah Nails

Of course I can’t finish a blog article about Vans without sharing my wishlist for Autumn/Winter. As one can’t have too many Vans trainers – some I skate in, some I wear on dress down days – I have had to limit one pair per payslip though, however the wait is worth it.

Vans Trainers

Clockwise from top left: Vans Leopard Hello Kitty Authentic Trainers £50, Vans Sk8 Hi Hot Pink Leather Trainers £45, Vans Della Slip Ons £50, Vans Zig Zag Slip Ons £50, Vans Cosmic Galaxy Slip Ons £50

If you haven’t already, get yourself down to the House of Vans! For more information, visit houseofvanslondon.com.

Images source: Blogger’s own

& Other Stories

Last week, & Other Stories announced their trainers collection would now include the American lifestyle brand, Vans. Having the high street retailer stock their classic, waffle sole trainers, albeit a carefully curated edit, truly means my beloved choice of footwear for the past decade has well and truly crossed over to the fashion masses.

Anyone who’s picked up a fashion magazine in the last six months would already know trainers are hot for Spring, especially a design well known within sub genre circles, the slip on trainer, made famous by this skate/surf brand. I guess I saw it coming when Liberty released a capsule collection of their iconic prints in a number of Vans’ iconic shoes.

Vans X LibertyLeft to Right: Vans Sk8-Hi Ianthe Print High Tops £65, Vans Era Speckle Print Trainers £60, Vans Sk8-Hi Ditsy High Tops £62

My love of Vans dates back to when I was a teenager, and I’m proud to say I have purchased the same classic, checkered black & white slip ons three times in my life. I started skateboarding rather late, but now that I do, I can see why Vans are and have always been the choice for skaters. The thickness of the sole and rubber grip make for a solid ride, perfect for rolling over any bumpy patches you’d get in parts of Shoreditch. But of course, you don’t need to take up skateboarding to enjoy this style.

Vans On A Skateboard

Vans Checkered TrainersVans Checkered Slip Ons £47

I personally think if you’re into slip on trainers, you should really get a pair of Vans as they are the true originals, are made of enduring quality and come in endless designs of their own! However, this being a fashion blog, I should really mention the slip on trainers that are currently making waves in the glossies and changing how we style easy, weekend wear.

Maybe the designers are onto something – leather, embellishment and pony skin? Whether it’s a slap to skate culture or a flattering homage, these slip on trainers are designed to put a spectacular spring in your step.

Slip On Trainers 1

Clockwise from top left: Whistles Lena Slip On £135, Saint Laurent Studded Leather Slip Ons £480Saint Laurent Printed Slip Ons £268, Miu Miu Suede Slip On Trainers £325

Slip On Trainers

Clockwise from top left: Givenchy Floral Printed Skate Shoes £395, Givenchy Contrast Lace Skate Shoes £455, Kurt Geiger Lorenzo Trainers £95

Slip On Trainers

Images Source: Intro image – & Other Stories, Skateboard image – Blogger’s Own, Street Style images – Pinterest