In honor of longtime Vans global team rider Anthony Van Engelen’s storied career and enduring impact on skateboarding culture, Vans presents a footwear and apparel collection designed and inspired by AVE himself. Available worldwide on August 22, the brand reveals the AVE Pro featuring Vans’ UltimateWaffle, AVE’s first signature cupsole in 15 years.
Here are Van Engelen’s thoughts about his new shoe: “With the AVE Pro we achieved a completely transformed upper with Vans’ Rapidweld technology and improved the grip and boardfeel in the sole overall. This shoe for me was a natural progression toward making a durable, technical skate shoe. Not only does it deliver a lighter, longer lasting shoe for skating, but it’s an important step in innovation for Vans to pursue as the leader in skate shoes.”
AVE worked with the Vans design team every step of the way, through innovative research, design, and wear testing to create a shoe worthy of his name. Featured in premium suede with mesh paneling, the all-new AVE Pro is enhanced with Duracap™ reinforced underlays in high abrasion areas and RapidWeld™ no-sew technology that utilizes heat-fused upper panels for an extremely strong bond that’s more durable, flexible, and lighter than conventional stitching.
The pro model also features LuxLiner™ technology, integrating the tongue and internal lining for a more snug and consistent fit, along with a molded heel counter for additional structure and heel lock. The best feature lies in Vans’ all-new UltimateWaffle outsole featuring an internal shank to keep flex in the forefoot, built-in impact cushioning with a full length Ultracush midsole, and unrivaled grip to present a shoe that has a familiar Vans feel and flexibility with the comfort and protection of a modern construction.
Vans’ Director of Footwear Design Neal Shoemaker says, “The AVE Pro is the culmination of upper features that have worked for Anthony on previous shoes with a new sole that shows off everything inside and keeps the flexibility intact with Vans’ durable waffle tread.”
Designed with AVE’s signature, hard-charging skating in mind, his apparel and accessories collection is hardwearing and classic in style. The blue-collar styled Drill Chore Coat is engineered with ripstop fabric, twill lining, DWR finish and patent-pending hidden hood to withstand abuse and look damn good while doing it. And the V96 Standard/AVE jeans are a timeless staple, available in a relaxed fit with heavyweight 14.75oz. rigid denim in a vintage rinse wash. Anchoring the collection is a Versa Hoodie™ with water-repellant Storm Cotton™ finish, hat and both a short sleeve and long sleeve t-shirt, each featuring AVE’s custom Off the Wall graphic.
The AVE Pro will be available at a Vans Pro Skate dealer near you or online at Vans.com/Ave.