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Metallica Unveils Vans Signature Shoe Collection

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As was previously announced, Vans and iconic act Metallica teamed up to work on a new line of shows. Now the collaboration proudly introduces a four-piece signature collection designed by each band member, delivering to stores in February.

Each Metallica member - James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo - had free reign to choose any iconic Vans shoe style and make it their own while drawing from their favorite influences in the worlds of music, action sports, and art to create Vans shoes reflecting their personal style.

Each shoe release is being accompanied by a video capturing the unique shared passions between Kirk, James, Robert, and Lars and favorite Vans team riders. Stay tuned to the van's website for more details on the signatures shoes and for each new video drop. Images of the shoes have now been made available and can be viewed below.

In March, Vans and Metallica will also introduce Kill 'Em All theme shoes featuring two of Vans' all-time favorite styles, the Classic Slip-On and the Sk8-Hi, each emblazoned with artwork marking the 30 years since the release of Metallica's debut album.

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James Hetfield - Inspired by his favorite black boots, James added hex-bolt eyelets and a personal take on the skull and cross-bones, illustrated by Hetfield himself, to "Metallicize" this Vans Sk8-Hi Deconstruct.

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Lars Ulrich - Putting a twist on one of Vans' original Classics, Lars updated the Era Laceless with brushed twill materials and a print taken from the diamond plate pattern on his snare drum. He finished his shoe with a Dirty Donny character on the inside heel.

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Kirk Hammett - Tying back to a love of surfing and nature, Kirk chose an all-natural upper made of hemp for his collapsible Slip-On. The inside heel is accented with a guitar pick inspired by his Ouija guitar and designed by one of Metallica's favorite artists, Dirty Donny.

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Robert Trujillo - Robert grew up wearing Vans as a young skater in Venice Beach, California. For his shoe, he took Aztec calendar artwork, designed by his wife Chloe, which is carved in one of his bass guitars and placed it in blue, on the side of this Escuela.

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Anonymous Reader
1. I'll stick to my ... writes:

Slayer vans ... http://www.vans.com/eventsites/sxsw2012/post/slayer-old-skool/

# Feb 9, 2013 @ 12:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. spiral_architect writes:

ALL THE BETTER TO STEP IN sh** WITH. SERIOUSLY, IF METALLICA SPENT THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT CREATING QUALITY MUSIC INSTEAD OF VANITY SHOE LINES, THEY WOULD REGAIN SOME OF THEIR LOST CREDIBILITY. THE SAME SHOULD BE SAID OF EDDIE VAN HALEN.......

# Feb 9, 2013 @ 1:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. sonictherapy writes:

Saw this comment on another site: "My favorite is the one that makes them stop sounding like $hit. When does that one become available?"

# Feb 9, 2013 @ 2:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. BrianMN writes:

You can tell Metallimoney doesn't give a rip what anyone thinks when they keep flooding the market with this crap.
@sonictherapy....ha...good one. This article is ripe for cheap shots.
How bout a shoe with springs so Lars can double kick again?

# Feb 9, 2013 @ 2:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. hellrat writes:

^ha, great ideas...Sh!t Blockers (you can't play all sh!tty when yer strapped in!) and Magic Trigger Shoes for the danish

Mildly interesting that a particular pair of pairs is of the, err, 'loafer' variety eh? ;)

# Feb 9, 2013 @ 2:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Been-a-Dreamer writes:

I think "Metallica$h" is a more appropriate name for the band now.


Shoes...? Are you kidding?

# Feb 9, 2013 @ 2:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. hellrat writes:

^just the beginning of a whole line of chump-ware, buddy...you watch :)

# Feb 9, 2013 @ 2:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. BrianMN writes:

^^^lol chump ware.

# Feb 9, 2013 @ 5:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. brandedcfh420 writes:

Here is a slogan:
Wear these shoes and you too can sound like sh!t just like us old wore out has beens..........

# Feb 9, 2013 @ 6:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. the goozle writes:

What's so special, they look like plain black vans except the trujillo pair. f*** metallica, I'm going to steal a pair from the nearest hot topic and wear them only to stomp on copies of metallica albums load thru deaf magnetic

# Feb 10, 2013 @ 12:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. the goozle writes:

And that sh**ty album with Lou reed, gonna stomp on that too

# Feb 10, 2013 @ 12:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. MooseDrool writes:

As much as I love my Vans shoes, I will never purchase any of these signature sh** shoes.

# Feb 10, 2013 @ 9:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. RememberMetal? writes:

I never wanted to be an anti-Metallica troll and I would tolerate/expect the merch cash-grabbery (how is this so different from shirts?) if the music was still good...

Shame we havent seen a great album in almost 25 years... 22 if you accept "Black Album" (I do, though many don't). I now shiver when I see Metallica news.

# Feb 12, 2013 @ 8:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Drum_Junkie writes:

Probably, the difference is that Metallica are entering into a business venture with Vans to capitalize on brand recognition (and vice versa).
Metal T-shirts are directly tied to the music and are only an advertisement for the band. I've never saw a metal Tee and wondered if its Hanes or Fruit of the Loom. This cross promotion often spreads the name out beyond a connection with bands artistic output and dilutes the quality and reputation of the band (Not that Metallica isn't low enough already among the 'elitists').
Now with Vans and Metallica connected, their puplic images and repore are linked together. If a person liked Metallica and hated Vans, then their overall perception of Metallica likely drops a bit. Branching out like this is a slippery slope. Next thing you know Metallica will partner with Maybelline and offer a shade of lipstick. ;)

# Feb 12, 2013 @ 11:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. BrianMN writes:

^^^Kirk’s “Deep Throat Blush”.
James “Asphyxia Eye Shadow”
Lars “Bing my Cherry” lip gloss.
Rob’s “Raunchy Rose Blush”

# Feb 12, 2013 @ 1:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. RememberMetal? writes:

Drum_Junkie: "If a person liked Metallica and hated Vans, then their overall perception of Metallica likely drops a bit."

In my case, I hate Metallica and my opinion of Vans has dropped a bit... They make comfy shoes but now I see -them- as the sellout :)

# Feb 12, 2013 @ 2:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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