From Porky’s to the Kennedy family, Massachusetts-based Concepts finds inspiration in some rather unexpected places. The cult store looks to a notorious, mostly-forgotten chapter of Boston’s history for its latest project, a partnership with Vans Syndicate on a new iteration of the Sk8-Hi. Paying homage to an area known as the “Combat Zone”, the Concepts x Vans Syndicate Sk8-Hi draws upon the debauchery and rebelliousness of a locale once infamous for violence, crime and prostitution.
Made from premium pig suede, the sneakers feature laser-etched leather quarter panels, pink satin linings, and crystal-clear waffle treads with checkerboard patterns. Each pair also comes finished with a Combat Zone/Vans Syndicate-specific graphic package complete with dust bags and a satin-lined slider box, resulting in a delightfully decadent take on a classic skateboarding silhouette. Thanks to hypebeast for the news.