Vans sent us over some of their new weather-resistant Weatherized Footwear Collection , so we figured we'd put them through their paces in the most extreme conditions imaginable: at the world famous Oktoberfest. See how they faired...
This is how Vans describe their new range:
Vans introduces an innovative Weatherized Footwear Collection; the Mountain Edition (MTE) footwear capsule - a seven-piece assortment of the Era and Sk8-Hi. Designed for the elements, the Era MTE and Sk8-Hi MTE are re-engineered Classic silhouettes with weather-resistant builds. Premium Scotchgard™ protected uppers, fleece linings and a heat retention layer between sockliner and outsole keep the feet warm and dry. The original vulcanized waffle mold is reversed and extended to form a lug outsole that provides upgraded traction on wet surfaces and in snow. Both the Era MTE and Sk8-Hi MTE are available in Black, Dress Blues and Glazed Ginger colourways with a fourth Sk8-Hi MTE style as the signature colorway for legend of the Vans Snow team - Jamie Lynn.
We put the ones inspired by the classic Sk8-Hi to the sword at Oktoberfest and they passed with flying colours - spilt beer flowed off them like water off a duck's back, they kept our feet warm, and we didn't once slip up in the dancing stakes.
If these Vans can survive Oktoberfest, they'll certainly stand up to the rigorous demands of afterski. APPROVED.