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Wellgosh | Trainer of The Week | Vans U Style 36 CA Polka

We’ve teamed up with online store Wellgosh to provide you with their current favourite “Trainer Of The Week” to feature on our blog and in our weekly newsletter.  There are no other rules other than we have to feature a new style each week and give a description of why it’s their “Trainer Of The Week”. To find out more about Wellgosh click HERE. 
This week’s Trainer of the Week is the Vans U Style 36 CA Polka Suiting in Tawny Port; dropping as part of the ‘Polka Suiting’ Pack under Vans’ California tier.
Vans drew inspiration from designer Mark McNairy’s approach to menswear designing the updated Old Skool; posting on their website: “Designer Mark McNairy’s approach to menswear is worth an inspiration or two, and this season’s Style 36 CA takes a bow to one of contemporary fashion’s greats.”  This statement caused huge controversy online; leading the blogosphere into believing and publishing that a Vans x Mark McNairy collaboration was in the pipeline. McNairy’s PR agency even released a counter statement: “To be clear, Mark had no involvement in the design of this sneaker or any other shoe produced by Vans. This is not a collaboration. Mark has never collaborated with Vans and has no plans to do so.”
The reissue of the original Vans Old Skool iteration has been causing an online Media storm for the wrong reasons.  The low profile Old Skool 36 first reappeared on the shelves last year redesigned by Taka Hayashi under the Vault bracket, this year dropping amongst the Vans California Summer offerings.  The sartorial menswear influence is prominent on the patterns and materials on the upper, the tonal polka dot heel tab and lining, inspired by McNairy’s approach to menswear, adds depth and a contemporary aesthetic to the low-key silhouette.  The rest of the upper panels are decked with luxury pigskin suede, with tonal cotton laces, accented with a white jazz stripe, featuring a monochrome white California midsole below, featuring higher foxing for added durability.  The eye-stay on the 36 silhouette runs further down the upper, alongside a shorter toe-box gives the reissue silhouette a retro aesthetic with added comfort.  A contrast charcoal heel pull rounds off the new style for Summer. The Vans U Style 36 CA Polka Suiting available in Tawny Port is now available in-store and online at Wellgosh while stocks last.  RRP £59.95.
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WORDS BY: Tom Basi