Vans has teamed up with award-winning rock band Metallica to honor the upcoming 30th anniversary of their all-time best-selling Black Album with a limited-edition Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On.

Metallica’s self-titled, fifth studio album was originally released in August of 1991 and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and spent over 580 consecutive weeks atop the music charts. Inspired by the band’s never-ending pursuit of going faster, louder and “Off The Wall”, the Vans x Metallica footwear collection features artwork inspired by Metallica and designed by iconic Metallica artist Pushead, who has provided iconic imagery and artwork for the band’s tour books, t-shirts and stages since 1986. Pushead’s “Sad But True” design is synonymous with the entire Black Album era; his twin skulls traveled the world, displayed on banners on each side of the stage while Metallica performed.

The latest Vans x Metallica release showcases Pushead’s enigmatic facing skulls across the quarter panels of the Sk8-Hi as well as the opposing sides of each Classic Slip-On. Design details include a graphic blue shatter design and silver Metallica branding around the sidewall of Sk8-Hi and stop the upper of the Slip-On. Each pair is finished with Metallica printed on the heel stay.

The limited-edition Vans x Metallica collection will be available exclusively to Vans Family members on July 25 at 9pm PST and on on July 26 at 9am PST. Sign up for Vans Family on

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