Metallica Partner With Vans to Introduce New Band-Designed Four-Piece Shoe Line
The members of Metallica continue their partnership with Vans by introducing four new signature shoes, each designed by one of the members of the band. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo were all given free reign to choose any Vans style and make it their own by adding their own touches to the design.
In addition, each of the band members shot a video sharing their passion in creating their individual shoes. Bassist Robert Trujillo, who can be seen speaking with Vans skater Tony Trujillo, has the first video to debut. It can be seen below, with the other band members' clips expected to debut in the coming weeks. Robert, who came from a skating background, chose an Aztec calendar artwork designed by his wife Chloe for his shoe. It's placed in blue on the side of the Escuela shoe.
Singer James Hetfield went the hi-top route, adding in hex-bolt eyelets and his own personal take on the skull and crossbones to be part of the Vans Sk8-Hi Deconstruct.
Drummer Lars Ulrich updated the Era Laceless design with brushed twill materials and a print taken from the diamond plate pattern on his snare drum. He's also added a Dirty Donny character on the inside heel of the shoe.
Meanwhile, guitarist Kirk Hammett incorporated his love of surfing and nature by choosing an all-natural upper made of hemp for a collapsible Slip-On. The inside heel is accentuated with a guitar pick inspired by his Ouija guitar and designed by one on Metallica's favorite artists, Dirty Donny.
All four shoe designs are currently available at the Metallica x Vans microsite.
In March, the band is also planning to introduce the 'Kill 'Em All' themed shoes featuring the classic Slip-On and Sk8-Hi styles, each emblazoned with artwork commemorating the album's 30th anniversary.
Watch Robert Trujillo Discussing His Vans Shoe
Metallica's Robert Trujillo Vans Shoe
Metallica's James Hetfield Vans Shoe
Metallica's Lars Ulrich Vans Shoe
Metallica's Kirk Hammett Vans Shoes