A surfer-owned-and-run company with no big investors, no one to answer to, and no rules to follow, Octopus is the best in the game when it comes to surfboard traction, bags, grips, and leashes. With shared team riders Mikey February, Dylan Graves, and Harry Bryant, it was high time for a collaboration between two rule-breaking brands committed to seamlessly blending style and performance – and never compromising one for the other.
“I’m hyped two brands that I ride for decided to party together on a collection,” Dylan said. “It feels like wedding merch that I’m so thankful for once the hangover wears off.”
The Sk8-Hi 138 Decon SF and Classic Slip-On SF also get the Octopus treatment in luxe materials and Octopus’ go-to colorway. The Sk8-Hi features tonal marshmallow quarters, combining suede and corduroy for subtle textural variation. A black leather Sidestripe, black tongue and laces, and an emboss printed Octopus logo on the heel add the finishing touch.
It wouldn’t be an Octopus collaboration without some high-performing gear for the water, and the Surf Boot Hi ST 3mm embodies the combination of style and function that Vans and Octopus fans have come to rely on.
True to form for Octopus, the bootie boasts a sleek minimal aesthetic with subtle detailing. The black boot features just a touch of crème – in the Octopus logo around the collar and on the heel of the outsole – while a black waffle-texture Sidestripe and toe cap add textural variety.
Supporting the footwear is an apparel pack, featuring a Vans x Octopus short sleeve tee, pullover hoodie, and surf trunks. The 100% ringspun cotton tee comes in black with an understated round Vans x Octopus typographic logo on the chest and a large collaboration-specific graphic on the back – Octopus’ signature tentacle mandala logo ringed by Vans’ iconic Checkerboard.
The Vans x Octopus Surf Trunk 3 is a 4-way stretch performance trunk with a low-profile buckle, wetsuit top connector, and an elastic waistband. The timeless black short features typographic branding on the left thigh and a zipper pocket on the right thigh for storing essentials.
The Vans x Octopus collection is available August 13, 2021, at select Vans Surf retail locations and at Vans.eu/Surf.