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Metallica and Vans Team for Signature Shoe Line

Metal band also to release ‘Kill ‘Em All’ themed sneakers

Lars Ulrich Era Laceless Shoe, Robert Trujillo Escuela Shoe.

Lars Ulrich Era Laceless Shoe, Robert Trujillo Escuela Shoe.

Courtesy of Vans

Metallica and Vans have teamed up on a new signature shoe line, with each band member selecting a classic Vans model and crafting his own designs. Frontman James Hetfield reworked the Sk8-Hi with his own take on a skull and crossbones; drummer Lars Ulrich gave the Era Laceless a modern update with twill and the diamond pattern from his snare drum; guitarist Kirk Hammett reached into his love for surfing and nature for a serene hemp take on the Slip-On, complete with a Ouija guitar pick in the heel; and bassist Robert Trujillo merged the Escuela with a rendering of the Aztec calendar by his wife.

Vans and Metallica are marking the release of each shoe with a video collaboration featuring a Vans team rider and Metallica member. In the first of the series, Robert Trujillo partners up with skater Tony Trujillo and Tony’s wife Ashley for a jam session that birthed The Trujillo Trio.

The Vans x Metallica line will be out this month. Vans will also be releasing a series based on Metallica’s classic debut Kill ‘Em All in March. For more information, visit Vans x Metallica’s website.


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