Last Friday night (July 6th) saw one of the most enjoyable shoe release events that I can remember. Foregoing the po-faced approach in favour of a good old traditional night of carnage, the Vans TNT Advanced Prototype Launch at House of Vans London saw huge crowds descend into the tunnels for free Modela, burritos and a raucous (to put it mildly) pop up event on a specially constructed jump ramp set up unveiled on the night.
In attendance were Tony Trujillo himself, Cephas and Donovan of The Bunt Live, an elite cadre of London’s finest, Tom from The Stupids spinning classic 80’s punk and hardcore and a fair few European mates along for the ride.
As we all know, product drives things like this, and that’s fine, but it’s great to see Vans continue their long tradition of erring on the side of launches that actually involve proper skateboarding and fun. Anyhow, you can see the new Vans TNT Advanced Prototype shoes below, along with some information on the shoe itself and the related apparel range.
Once you’ve clocked that, scroll through for a little recap of the hectic sessions from Friday.
Released in three colourways (black/white, pink/white/black and all white – with checkerboard detailing) and available in a unisex size break to accommodate both women and kids (sizes running from 3.5 – 13) this is TNT’s 7th signature Vans skate shoe.
Incorporating echoes of previous models, the latest iteration comes correct with Vans’ UltraCush Lite 3D footbeds, Duracap-reinforced uppers, and a brand new waffle tread pattern designed to extend durability and grip over time, and maximize boardfeel.
The TNT Advanced Prototype’s new functional waffle tread pattern evolves the classic waffle sole to provide more ground contact for an immediate, broken-in feel. The tread concentrates on common pressure points in the forefoot and heel to further extend the durability and grip, whilst the rubber reinforcements across the quarter panel and vamp, address sensitive wear and tear areas.
The TNT Advanced Prototype is complemented by a matching apparel assortment, featuring a lightweight anorak jacket, a long sleeve tee with battle axe graphics, and a classic beanie.
The full TNT Advanced Prototype range will be available from July 14th.