Vans Highland ‘Yukiko’ – size? Exclusive

by Henrik Buzzi

Referencing Japanese anime, Size? teamed up with Californian skatewear icons Vans to deliver a colorful collaboration. This time they’ve put their creative spin on the brand’s classic Highland silhouette, delivering the ‘Yukiko’.

Similarly, the creative spark of anime was set alight across the US during the ‘60s. Hailing from Japan, the iconic Astro Boy cartoon made its debut on 1st January 1963 and introduced the colorful, otherworldly genre to a whole new continent of fans. Highly-influential, the animated series would go on to inspire many of the well-known anime series we know and love today, be it Dragon Ball Z, Pokémon, or Yu-Gi-Oh! So how better to honour the decade than creating an anime-inspired Vans silhouette, fusing the two creative forces into one colorful design.

Size? limited edition ‘Yukiko’ (or ゆきこ in Japanese) Highland shoe takes its title from the popular Japanese girl’s name. Loosely translating into “Happy Child” in English, the vibrant pair draws influence from the colorful hues found at cosplay events around the globe. For those who don’t know, the practice of cosplay is where anime and manga fans dress up as their beloved Japanese characters, sporting highly detailed decorative costumes. Infusing the Highland with this imaginative flair, the pair’s low profile uppers are cut from blue suede, offset by pops of patent pink leather to the midfoot side stripe. Further pink bursts paint the pairs padded lining, granting enhancing protection to your ankles when on the board. A slight deviation from the pairs usual detailing, this luxury version is tooled up with a cushioned exposed foam tongue for a deconstructed aesthetic, while white stitching is used throughout for stark contrast from the tonal background.

Other key features include Vans vintage ‘Off The Wall’ cotton labelling to the tongue, a new flexible cupsole, and an UltraCush drop-in sockliner to grant elevated support and comfort. Finally, detailed perforations feature across the uppers to keep your feet cool when on the move. The size? exclusive Vans Highland ‘Yukiko’ will release March 8.