Best Vans Special Edition Shoes Of All Time

In the streetwear department, Vans has become a well-known brand for comfort and style and there was not long until the Vans Special edition shoes have appeared on the market . From their classic slip-ons to authentic skateboarding shoes, the brand has managed to maintain a global reputation for simple yet durable and fashionable footwear. The almost 50-year-old company is also known for its readiness to customize kicks, a practice which has evolved into a full-fledged fleet of Vans Special Edition shoes.

Vans footwear lovers consist of a high proportion of members of the younger generation, who are also attracted to a number of cool stuff, such as comics, adventure movies and rebellious music. As such, it is only natural that many of their special edition shoes would lean towards the characters that their target audiences gravitate to. Let’s look at some of the top Vans Special Edition shoes and what makes them special:

Vans Marvel Comics Collection

Vans MIGHTY AVENGERS Marvel Sk8 Hi Shoes THOR HULK CAPTAIN AMERICA IRON MAN
Vans MIGHTY AVENGERS Marvel Sk8 Hi Shoes THOR HULK CAPTAIN AMERICA IRON MAN
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Vans Era Van Doren Blue Marvel Canvas New In Box
Vans Era Van Doren Blue Marvel Canvas New In Box
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Vans x Marvel Comics Spider Man lows Brand new in box Size 105 mens SUPER RARE
Vans x Marvel Comics Spider Man lows Brand new in box Size 105 mens SUPER RARE
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From comic paperbacks to the big screen, the clan, which is regarded as Earth’s mightiest heroes, is loved all over. So, when the iconic superheroes were paired with one of the coolest brands of footwear in February 2013, the resulting shoe line became an instant hit. The line debuted with the likenesses of Spider-man and Iron Man emblazoned on the sneaker uppers and soon followed with Captain America, the mighty Hulk and Thor.

The Vans Marvel special edition came out in the popular Slip-on, Era and Sk8-Hi shoes, providing customers with quite a variety to choose from, made more so by the range of colors. A month after their initial release, the brand added even more variety by reissuing the Era and Slip-on with group collages of the Marvel pack on the front and back panels of the shoes. With so many fans behind the Marvel's superheroes there is no question why these are some of the all time favorite Vans Special Edition shoes.

Iron Maiden & Vans Special Edition

Iron Maiden Killers SK8 Hi Vans 12 New Slayer Metallica
Iron Maiden Killers SK8 Hi Vans 12 New Slayer Metallica
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vans iron maiden trooper slip on men 10 women 115 rare
vans iron maiden trooper slip on men 10 women 115 rare
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vans iron maiden power slave mens 11 slip on rare
vans iron maiden power slave mens 11 slip on rare
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Iron Maiden Power Slave Limited Edition Vans Sneakers New Size 95
Iron Maiden Power Slave Limited Edition Vans Sneakers New Size 95
$109.99 (1 Bid)
VANS Iron Maiden Classic Slip on Number Of The Beast Mens 95 Womens 11 NEW
VANS Iron Maiden Classic Slip on Number Of The Beast Mens 95 Womens 11 NEW
$265.00
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Vans X Slayer Slip On Size 11 iron maiden supreme wtaps syndicate mastodon
Vans X Slayer Slip On Size 11 iron maiden supreme wtaps syndicate mastodon
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RAREVans Iron Maiden SK8 HI Killers Edition SZ 8 Mens Rock
RAREVans Iron Maiden SK8 HI Killers Edition SZ 8 Mens Rock
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IRON MAIDEN Number of the Beast Limited Tour Edition Classic VANS  Size 11
IRON MAIDEN Number of the Beast Limited Tour Edition Classic VANS Size 11
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Iconic kicks meet acclaimed heavy metal band in this trendy collab between Vans and Iron Maiden. Launched in 2012 in honor of the group’s revered Number of the Beast Album, which was first done in 1982, this collection represents the fifth time the two brands have worked together to give heavy metal lovers a piece of history they can cherish. The latest mashup, which is available in classic Slip-ons and Sk8-Hi shoes, feature devilishly cool graphics off the album cover, and the Iron Maiden signature on the heels and outsole, making it a one of a kind Vans Special edition collection..

The Vans Iron Maiden Special Edition has carried on the success of previous collaborations between the two. In fact, they have benefitted greatly from the hype started by the first two collections, which were based off the Iron Maiden’s Killers and Piece of Mind albums, both released in 2007. The Powerslave and Trooper album lines, both done in 2008, kept fans on their toes and established the Van’s/Iron Maiden combo as a legit line of special edition shoes for music lovers and skaters alike.

Vans ASPCA Collection

VANS ASPCA Puppies Classic Slip on Mens 95 Womens 11 NEW
VANS ASPCA Puppies Classic Slip on Mens 95 Womens 11 NEW
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NEW VANS ASPCA Cat Cats Authentic Print Kitty Animals Mens Sizes RARE
NEW VANS ASPCA Cat Cats Authentic Print Kitty Animals Mens Sizes RARE
$169.95
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NIB Vans Classic Slipon ASPCA PUPPIES TRUE WHITE BLACK BROWN MEN 8 WOMEN 95
NIB Vans Classic Slipon ASPCA PUPPIES TRUE WHITE BLACK BROWN MEN 8 WOMEN 95
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Although dogs are reputed to be man’s best friend, cool shoes are not too far behind. And, with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) having been the guardian angels for dogs, cats and other animals everywhere, it made perfect sense for Vans to collaborate with the do-good group for a line of shoes to celebrate their contribution…and make some more cool-looking kicks in the process. The line was launched in 2014 and has been supported by many animal lovers, many of whom were already loyal Vans customers.

Available in the go-to classic, Vans Authentic, Slip-on for kids, and Sk8-His, the Vans ASPCA Special Edition have something for everyone. They are covered in adorable, high graphic collaged prints of dogs and cats and feature custom-colored orange sockliners to represent the color of the prevention of animal abuse. The looks are completed with ASPCA logos adding to Vans signature branding touches.

Vans Disney

Vans Classic Slip On Disney Mickey Mouse Minnie Disneyland World Gray Shoes
Vans Classic Slip On Disney Mickey Mouse Minnie Disneyland World Gray Shoes
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New Vans Classic Slip On Disney Mickey Mouse Frost Gray Shoes Mens 9 12
New Vans Classic Slip On Disney Mickey Mouse Frost Gray Shoes Mens 9 12
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VANS Disney Mickey Mouse Frost Gray Classic Slip Ons Mens Size 10 New In Box
VANS Disney Mickey Mouse Frost Gray Classic Slip Ons Mens Size 10 New In Box
$37.99
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NIB VANS CLASSIC SLIP ON DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE FROST GRAY SZ 10 MENS 115 WOMENS
NIB VANS CLASSIC SLIP ON DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE FROST GRAY SZ 10 MENS 115 WOMENS
$59.95
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Vans Era Disney Mickey  Friends Multi Mens Size 12
Vans Era Disney Mickey Friends Multi Mens Size 12
$64.97
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New in Box VANS X DISNEY Mickey Mouse Checkered Black Red Print shoes
New in Box VANS X DISNEY Mickey Mouse Checkered Black Red Print shoes
$44.00
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NIB Vans Era Disney Pixar TOY STORY ltd ALIENS Glow in the Dark Mens Sz 5 to 13
NIB Vans Era Disney Pixar TOY STORY ltd ALIENS Glow in the Dark Mens Sz 5 to 13
$109.95
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VANS Disney Pixar Toy Story Sids Mutants Sk8 Hi Shoes Sneakers Adult Size 9
VANS Disney Pixar Toy Story Sids Mutants Sk8 Hi Shoes Sneakers Adult Size 9
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Designed exclusively for kids and the young at heart, this Vans Special Edition line has something for everyone. Featuring many of your favorite iconic childhood characters, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Goofy and Donald Duck, the line is brimming with color and lively prints. The collaboration, which came about in 2015, is quite timely and significant, representing Disney’s 60th anniversary and with Vans just one year shy of 50 years. The two also have strong Southern California roots. Also, the duo worked together in previous years with Vans creating a few private-label shoes for Disney, which were brought back as a highly-limited edition in 2013.

Vans Authentic, Slip-ons and high top skaters all get dolled up in the characters in the collection which has had several updates in the short space of time. Prints of Mickey and crew are splashed all across each pair and are further branded with Disney and Vans logos on the insoles. Classic Vans rubber outsoles complete the design details.

Vans Star Wars

Vans Star Wars Imperial Battle Death Star Tie Fighter Black Sneaker DAMAGED BOX
Vans Star Wars Imperial Battle Death Star Tie Fighter Black Sneaker DAMAGED BOX
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Vans Star Wars Authentic Sneakers Yoda Degobah System Black Shoes DAMAGED BOX
Vans Star Wars Authentic Sneakers Yoda Degobah System Black Shoes DAMAGED BOX
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Original Star Wars Edition Vans Skate Sneakers Shoes Lace Up Mens sz 90
Original Star Wars Edition Vans Skate Sneakers Shoes Lace Up Mens sz 90
$24.99
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Star Wars by Vans Classic Slip On DARK SIDE DARTH VADER MASK Low Top Sneaker
Star Wars by Vans Classic Slip On DARK SIDE DARTH VADER MASK Low Top Sneaker
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Vans Star Wars Sk8 Hi High Top Sneaker Black Stormtrooper Black DAMAGED BOX
Vans Star Wars Sk8 Hi High Top Sneaker Black Stormtrooper Black DAMAGED BOX
$48.99
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Vans Sk8 Hi Star Wars Black Sz105
Vans Sk8 Hi Star Wars Black Sz105
$65.00
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Ds Star Wars Yoda Vans Authentic Size 75
Ds Star Wars Yoda Vans Authentic Size 75
$85.00
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Vans Authentic Star Wars Dk side Plnthth New In Box
Vans Authentic Star Wars Dk side Plnthth New In Box
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The Star Wars movie franchise has been one of the most successful in history. Vans footwear has been a favorite for people from all walks of life for almost 50 years. Combining such swagger into several eye-popping kicks can only be described as magical, which is why these special edition Vans have become so famous. The Force is definitely awake in the Vans Star Wars collection, comprising Vans Classics and premium Vault by Vans Authentic, Slip-on and Sk8-Hi shoes.

Representing the Dark Side, two colorways show off characters aligned to Boba Fett and Stormtrooper. Darth Vader features prominently in the prints, as does Yoda, in addition to poster artwork from several Star Wars instalments, including Episode IV: A New Hope from 1977. The aloha and bandana prints have been singled out as favorites as the shoes grow in popularity ahead of the next Star Wars movie due in late 2015. Premiering in mid-2014, the line has already seen several updates, with a special custom edition in late 2015, showcasing two exclusive Darth Vader and Yoda Collage patterns. Fans of both brands are actually able to custom design their very own pair, adding to the hype.

Vans Beatles

Vans Authentic The Beatles All You Need is Love Mens Size 105
Vans Authentic The Beatles All You Need is Love Mens Size 105
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Vans Authentic The Beatles All You Need is Love Mens Size 115 LAST ONE
Vans Authentic The Beatles All You Need is Love Mens Size 115 LAST ONE
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Vans The Beatles Yellow Submarine Faces Dress Reissue Sk8 Hi Shoes Sneakers
Vans The Beatles Yellow Submarine Faces Dress Reissue Sk8 Hi Shoes Sneakers
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Vans Authentic The Beatles Yellow Submarine All You Need Shoes Choose Size
Vans Authentic The Beatles Yellow Submarine All You Need Shoes Choose Size
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New Vans Era THE BEATLES SEA OF MONSTERS Shoes Slip On Yellow Submarine
New Vans Era THE BEATLES SEA OF MONSTERS Shoes Slip On Yellow Submarine
$99.00
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New Vans The Beatles Sk8 hi Shoes Sneakers Yellow Submarine SZ 5 Mens 65 Womens
New Vans The Beatles Sk8 hi Shoes Sneakers Yellow Submarine SZ 5 Mens 65 Womens
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Beatles Yellow Submarine Vans NIB Size 11 mens shoes
Beatles Yellow Submarine Vans NIB Size 11 mens shoes
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Vans x THE BEATLES Classic Slip On Mens Shoes NEW Sea of Monsters  FAB FOUR
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The Beatles are known for their impact on pop music and culture over the decades, since they came to prominence. However, the Vans Special Edition line dedicated to the band, which was launched in honor of the group in early 2014, depicts the group in animated form, representing their involvement in the Yellow Submarine project. Their album of the same name, which came out just two years after Vans sold their first shoe, remains one of their top recordings, so it was considered highly appropriate that the line should have a Yellow Submarine concept.

Available in Vans classic Slip-on, Era and the Sk8-Hi reissue, the shoes are highly graphical with artwork from the production it was named for. The Sk8-Hi gets the portrait treatment, allowing fans to get their favorite Beatle, while the Slip-on shows off the Sea of Monsters. The Era and Authentic Vans are also bathed in color with a garden-like print and text reading “All you need is love” splashed all over. Vans signature design uppers and rubber outsoles complete the look.

Vans Kiss

Vans KISS Rock And Roll Over NIB With Tag 105 Hi Tops hard to find
Vans KISS Rock And Roll Over NIB With Tag 105 Hi Tops hard to find
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Vans KISS Sk8 Hi Dressed To Kill Mens Size 9 Hi Top Shoes NIB with Tags Rare
Vans KISS Sk8 Hi Dressed To Kill Mens Size 9 Hi Top Shoes NIB with Tags Rare
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New Vans x KENDRA DANDY Artist I Scream Authentic Shoes Lips Ice Cream Kiss
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Following up on Vans successful collab with other rock bands, the Kiss & Vans  Special Edition shoes were launched. With the iconic Sk8-Hi launching in 1978, the same year that Kiss members released their solo albums, the silhouette was chosen as the Vans of choice for the initial collection. Each pair features individual Kiss members sporting their signature on-stage makeup. The mostly black colorways utilize canvas and suede uppers atop Vans vulcanized rubber outsoles with black pin stripes.

In 2009, the line was updated with the Vans Kiss Pack, made up of a Vans Classic Slip-on and Sk8-His. The line, which is just as graphical, represented artwork from the band’s “Rock and Roll Over” project.

Vans The Simpsons

VANS VAULT OG SLIP ON 59 LX RED DAHLIA 7 13 blends bones simpsons fear of god
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Vans X Simpsons Todd James NEW WITH BOX supreme DQM 100 made total in all sizes
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Vans Mid Skool LX Simpsons x Futura Abu Black White VN0FJPXTQ Rare Vault Wtaps
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Vans Simpsons x Geoff Mcfetridge Chukka Boot LX VN0EHAXTO Rare Vault
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To highlight the very first The Simpsons movie, Vans teamed up with one of the most popular TV shoes in history to release a special set of kicks. Featuring characters, Bart, Homer and the rest of the Springfield gang, the shoes were promptly sold out within a short time after their release in July 2007.

The collection comprised art impressions from 12 of the country’s finest artists and saw the likeness of The Simpsons characters gracing the uppers of Vans high tops and Slip-ons. Vans trademark outsole construction and comfort insoles add to the shoes swagger.

Vans Slayer

Iron Maiden Killers SK8 Hi Vans 12 New Slayer Metallica
Iron Maiden Killers SK8 Hi Vans 12 New Slayer Metallica
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Vans Old Skool SLAYER black red Mens Size 115
Vans Old Skool SLAYER black red Mens Size 115
$35.00 (1 Bid)
NEW SLAYER EAGLE VANS SHOES SIZE US 9 METALLICA MEGADETH ANTHRAX rare hanneman
NEW SLAYER EAGLE VANS SHOES SIZE US 9 METALLICA MEGADETH ANTHRAX rare hanneman
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VANS SUICIDAL TENDENCIES ERA S SYNDICATE 95 supreme bad brains slayer maiden
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Vans’ work with some of rock music’s finest is also evident in their special edition Slayer sneakers. Their work with the acclaimed rock band stretches as far back as 2004, with updates in 2009, 2012 and early 2015. Among the line’s most sought-after designs is the Slayer Sk8-Hi with its eye-catching silhouette. Made to Slayer’s specifications, the shoes have the eagle Slayer logo splashed across the heels and upper, as well as red spatters, and Vans trademark black pinstripe.

Skulls and other Slayer artwork complete this Vans special edition line of sneakers, which have been in high demand ever since the first release. They are also available in Vans Classic Slip-ons.

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