Vans’ Half Cab and Timberland’s Euro Hiker come together on a brand-new silhouette that’s half skate shoe, half boot and entirely unique….
Vans’ iconic Half Cab, a storied skate shoe that was first released in 1992, is nearing the culmination of its year-long 30th-anniversary celebration. Over the past 12 months, a set of releases that encapsulates the Half Cab’s wide-reaching cultural influence have hit shelves, so for the grand finale, it’s only right for the Half Cab to head down a bold new trail and into the world of Timberland. Vans and Timberland have come together for an entirely new hybrid silhouette dubbed the Vans Skateboarding x Timberland Half Cab Hiker, a design that’s half skate shoe, half hiking boot and entirely unique.
The Half Cab Hiker draws equal inspiration from the Half Cab and Timberland’s Euro Hiker, a lightweight yet surprisingly sturdy hiking boot created in 1988 that, just like the Half Cab, has transcended its original purpose to be adopted by a variety of subcultures worldwide. The Euro Hiker’s clean silhouette, earth-inspired colorways and outdoor cred have made it a wintertime staple for style-conscious city dwellers – much in the same way skaters still look to the Half Cab for timeless performance.
With this new capsule, the Half Cab’s familiar ⅝ cut upper is placed on top of Euro Hiker boot tooling and amplified with metal eyestays plus two-tone round boot laces. From a construction standpoint, each pair is made from a combo of canvas and Timberland’s premium leather. There’s also a ReBOTL™ lining that’s made from at least 50% recycled plastic, helping keep waste out of landfills. Padded leather collars, rubber lug outsoles and co-branded Vans/Timberland detailing round off the look. They come in Wheat and Chocolate/Olive colorways.
Accompanying the duo of Half Cab Hikers is an entirely new take on Timberland’s paradigmatic Premium 6-Inch Waterproof Boots. First introduced in 1973, the 6-Inch Boot provides an instantly recognizable style that’s been revamped by the Vans team for a combination of streetwear, workwear and skate aesthetics. The Vans Skateboarding x Timberland® 6-Inch Boot comes in Black.
The concept of “meeting in the middle” runs through the products’ DNA, and it’s acknowledged in the accompanying campaign imagery as well. Shot in rural Nebraska — right in between Vans’ sunny California headquarters and Timberland’s majestic New Hampshire base of operations — by celebrity photographer Cian Moore, the imagery showcases both professional models and locals, including Phil Burcher, the owner of Omaha-based Precision Skateboards.
The Vans Skateboarding x Timberland collaboration will touch down on December 20 via select Vans & Timberland® retail stores, Vans.com, and Timberland.com. The Half Cab Hikers are priced at $160 USD while the 6-Inch Boot retails for $230.