OTH x Vault by Vans Deli Edition Mid Skool ‘77 LX

by Henrik Buzzi


When tourists come to Montreal they’ll seek out a Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich, and with good reason. The Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich was brought to North America by the Jewish immigrant community in the early 1900s. It soon spread out from Montreal and made its way south of the border, gaining notoriety along the way, but has remained emblematic of the city’s cuisine and diverse makeup. The fact that the iconic dish has become intertwined with Montreal’s identity, after being brought here by immigrants, speaks to the city’s multiculturalism and its history as a place where immigrants from around the world have come to settle. The Vault by Vans x OTH Deli Edition Mid Skool ‘77 LX was dreamt up as an homage to the Montreal smoked meat sandwich (which we’re going to go ahead and call the best sandwich of all time). The shoe features a lightly distressed, rich burgundy leather upper; a premium leather heel counter and toe box in a lighter shade of burgundy; and, of course, the classic Mid Skool ‘77 back window that showcases Vans branding. The distressed leather, and different shades of burgundy, harken back to the heart of a smoked meat sandwich - and the classic “lean, medium, or medium fat” conundrum - with a rye bread-inspired brown leather jazz stripe and gum tab at the back of the outsole delicately holding everything together. We’d have been remiss to offer up a Deli Edition without mustard, so each shoe comes outfitted with Vans’ iconic waffle sole in a deep mustard yellow. Each pair comes with three sets of laces: a mustard yellow, a mayonnaise white, and a coleslaw green. Finally, the shoes feature limited edition pickle footbeds with Vans OTH branding. Releasing 18. March at Off The Hook.