Mount Vernon Mills in Trion has teamed up with a division of Vans to produce denim for a new sneaker that was released late last week.
Vans is an American manufacturer of skateboarding shoes and related apparel, based in Santa Ana, California and owned by VF Corporation. The company was founded in 1966 and manufactured industry-specific shoes targeted towards skaters. In 1982 the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” featered surfer dude Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), prominently seen wearing Vans Checkered Slip-Ons throughout the film, and also in the film poster. In 1994, the Vans company merged with VF of North Carolina.
The company’s line Vans Vault features “iconic shoes” being produced for today’s market. The company says “Three of Vans’ most iconic silhouettes have been dressed in a hickory stripe print made using denim from the United States’ oldest surviving denim mill. All three pairs feature blue suede detailing and white mid-soles.”
According to a company press release: Vans Vault has teamed up with the oldest surviving denim mill in the US, Mount Vernon Mills, for a pack of blue and white striped denim sneakers, reworking three of the California skate brand’s most iconic silhouettes: the Slip-On, Era, and Sk8-Hi. The footwear offerings drop alongside matching apparel, which includes a workwear jacket, tote, and a cap.