David Bowie serves as inspiration for new Vans shoe line

Rocker David Bowie is to be honoured with a new collection for skater shoe brand Vans.

Bosses at the always hip footwear company are paying tribute to the music icon, who passed away at 69 in 2016, by referencing one of his classic albums in each design for the fresh range.

NME reports the Slip-On 47 VDX style honours Bowie’s 1971 album Hunky Dory, while the Sk8-Hi offering has a pink and lilac lightning stripe set in the side panel on the sneakers to acknowledge the star’s Ziggy Stardust era.


The Old Skool shoe taps into Bowie’s 1973 Aladdin Sane record and the Era style takes on the vibe of the musician’s Space Oddity single with interstellar blue bubbles and the word ‘space’ written on a side panel.

Designs from the limited edition Vans collection will become available for sale in stores from 4 April (19).

Bowie becomes the latest in a long of rockers who have been honoured by the footwear brand – the members of Led Zeppelin announced a new collaboration with the company as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations last month (Feb19).

Representatives for Led Zeppelin announced the joint project on the group’s Twitter account, sharing two versions of the newly-licensed Led Zeppelin shoes, which each feature famous images from the band’s classic albums, such as the record cover from their eponymous 1969 release, which included a black and white image of the Hindenburg blimp disaster in 1937.

The Led Zeppelin collection also offers a T-shirt for sale.