Kaki metal are gonna dig this because if there was ever a shoe that says don’tÂ f**k with me you, whimp ass b!tch, this is it. Skate brand Vans adds to its line of well cred musicÂ themed shoes and forms an unholy alliance with scary thrash metal band Slayer on thisÂ apocalyptically rockin’ limited edition collection.
Arguably one of the biggest thrash metal bands of our time, the controversy courting California band Slayer rose to fame as one of the leaders of the American thrash metal movement with their 1986 release Reign in Blood, dubbed one of the heaviest albums of all time byÂ Kerrang! magazine.
The Vans x Slayer limited ed finds its inspiration in the band’s 2003 Soundtrack To The Apocalypse compilation. The black suede Vans shoes featuresÂ the album art and is emblazoned with Slayer’sÂ diabolically evilÂ logo on the side panel of the Sk8-Hi and front panel of the Classic Slip-On. The Slayer shoes come complete with Vans signature vulcanised rubber sole for undeniable grip, which ought to prove handyÂ at the skatepark orÂ in the moshpit.
Notorious for the shouty vocals and speed guitar solos ain’t even coming close to why Slayer and Slayer fans aren’t to be messed with though. Given the band’s use of satanic imagery during their early performances and their somewhat questionable lyrics, which have touched on all things taboo fromÂ Nazism to necrophilia, it’s a wonderÂ how these shoes got made at all. Which is why we reckon you need to get a pair now before someone gets wind of it. As for the rest of you,Â stop quaking in your own downtrodden shoes and get the hell out of the way. Please.
Vans Slayer collection is available at selected Stadium, Studio R and Royal Sporting House outlets. The Sk8-HiÂ retails at RM259 and the Classic Slip-On at RM199.Â Store details below. More diabolical Slayer at www.slayer.net and www.myspace.com/slayer.
Royal Sporting House
Mid Valley Megamall, KL. 03 2284 2241; Bangsar Shopping Centre, KL. 03 2094 2717; 1 Utama, Bandar Utama, Selangor. 03 7726 3901;Â Bukit Raja Shopping Centre, Klang, Selangor.Â 03 3343 9160;Â IOI Mall, Puchong, Selangor. 03 8075 6647; Mahkota Parade, Melaka.Â 06 281 0452; Queensbay Mall, Penang.Â 04 642 3552.
Studio R Mid Valley Megamall, KL.Â 03 2284 8407; 1 Utama (New Wing), Bandar Utama, Selangor. 03 7728 0978; Sunway Pyramid, Bandar Sunway; Selangor. 03 7492 2068; Gurney Plaza, Penang. 04 228 1857.
Stadium Suria KLCC, KL. 03 2161 7199; Pavilion, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL. 03 2141 590; Jusco, Bandar Utama, Selangor.