Vans x Mami Wata Style 36 Decon VR3 SF Shoes
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This Vans x Mami Wata collection draws inspiration from African surf culture, key historical cultural events, and the power and positivity of surfing. From Zaire’s “Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974 and Nigeria’s “Festac’77,” this new head-to-toe collection takes the iconic, bold, and graphic imagery of these cultural events and adds a modern Vans twist, tying back to our heritage checkerboard prints. By utilizing such bold details in contrast to a micro checkerboard, this collection pays homage to the past while giving a vibrant nod to the future generations supporting African surf culture.
The Mami Wata Style 36 Decon VR3 SF blends bold design with our surf-based sidestripe shoe. Featuring uppers made from 50% organic cotton canvas and suede, enhanced comfort with our biobased foam VR3Cush™ footbed, and a new VR3Waffle™ outsole, this deconstructed low top silhouette fuses modern and vintage detailing.
Our team has set ambitious sustainability goals. Big or small, all of our efforts add up to positive change. To earn the VR3 Checkerboard globe logo, at least 30% of the product must be made up of one or a combination of recycled, renewable, and/or regenerative materials.
• UPPER MATERIAL: Made with suede and 50% Organic Cotton Canvas. Vans leather products support responsible manufacturing via the Leather Working Group.
• FOOTBED: The new VR3Cush™ footbed is made using at least 25% biobased EVA foam partially derived from plants per the ASTM D6866-16 testing standard.
• OUTSOLE: All of the rubber used to make the VR3Waffle™ outsole (60% of the compound) is regeneratively grown natural rubber sourced from farms utilizing agricultural practices that are intended to promote biodiversity, enhance water cycles, improve soil health, and/or sequester carbon. This new rubber compound was developed and engineered to maintain the grip and durability Vans has been known for since ‘66.
Products with the checkerboard globe VR3 logo represent Vans most sustainable offerings and contain Regenerative, Responsible Sourced Renewable or Recycled materials. • Regenerative: Materials produced using regenerative agriculture or grazing practices • Responsibly Sourced Renewable: Responsibly sourced renewable materials naturally regenerate in a human's lifetime and have been vetted for responsible production of feedstocks and processing methods • Recycled: Materials made from discarded items that are recycled into usable raw materials