MoMA Exclusive: Collectors’ items for your feet. The patchwork of color and materials on these special edition MoMA and Vans Era Sneakers celebrate the Museum’s reopening and feature both the MoMA and Vans logos—the MoMA logo is on the left sneaker, the Vans logo on the right. MoMA and Vans Era Sneakers are unisex and available in men’s sizes 3.5 through 13. Vans sneakers may be returned within 30 days if unworn.
With their padded collar and different color combinations, the Vans Era was designed by Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta in 1976, and became the sneaker of choice for a generation of skateboarders. Patchwork, a motif that has been a part of Vans' storied history, came about when customers could bring in their own materials to create a one-of-a-kind pair of footwear. Many different design variations were made, using materials and construction choices such as needlepoint, quilting and patchwork.
Due to factory changes in the 90s, custom materials submissions could no longer be accepted — but Vans began producing patchwork designs, which continue to be an important part of the brand's heritage. These MoMA and Vans Era Sneakers continue the tradition of Vans Era and patchwork.
Why We Chose This
Sneakers as design objects were represented in MoMA’s 2017–2018 exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern? which featured 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition illustrated the power fashion has to create and express relationships about culture, functionality and identity. Founded in Anaheim, California in 1966, Vans earliest customers were skateboarders and the brand later collaborated with skateboarding professionals like Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta. Vans continue to foster personal expression and creativity, and has joined MoMA to create this special edition celebrating the Museum’s newly expanded reopening in fall of 2019.
In or Related to MoMA Exhibitions
The Museum of Modern Art has revolutionized what a museum exhibition can be. MoMA has sought to document and respond to important developments in the field of design as they happen. As MoMA continues to innovate and lead at the forefront of art and design exhibitions, MoMA Design Store mirrors that spirit of exploration by discovering ever-new and original products, many seen for the first time in MoMA Exhibitions.