Vans has collaborated with A.skate, a non-profit created to introduce kids with autism to the engaging and therapeutic effects of skateboarding, to deliver the Era Laceless Pro. The shoe features Vans Pro Skate performance upgrades plus the added benefit of an easy closure option. Custom "Obsessed to Skate" insole artwork by Jay Croft calls out autism's obsessive tendencies and brings awareness to A.skate's mission to channel that energy through skateboarding. "Autism, like skateboarding, can be unpredictable and oftentimes unruly," says Crys Worley, founder of A.skate Foundation.
Fashion blogger The Man Repeller (aka Leandra Medine) has partnered with Superga on a collection of cool kicks for fall. True to the blogger's quirky flair, each pair comes with a set of longer laces to tie around the ankle a la Medine herself. From a velvet hi-top ($145) to a metallic boucle lo-top ($140), this isn't your run-of-the-mill sneaker collaboration.
High fashion meets high street yet again: Popular shoe chain Aldo is the latest to hop on the collaboration bandwagon, teaming up with emerging designers on a capsule collection hitting stores on March 8. JW Anderson, Faster by Mark Fast, Libertine and Preen lend their eye to fancy footwear as part of the store's Rise program, a scheme that launched in 2010 with the aim of bringing up-and-coming British-based talent to a global stage. All styles retail for $155. Visit www.aldorise.com.