Shop the Vans Black History Month Sneaker Collaborations

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This is the first time Vans is releasing a collection for Black History Month, which comes with four customizable, limited edition sneakers and a $40,000 donation to the Black Art Futures Fund, supporting community-based Black arts organizations across the country. While each of the emerging artists tapped for the project — Rewina Beshue, Chris Martin, Sydney G. James, and Tony Whlgn — are close friends and collaborators of the brand, these shoes are their first originals, and they are proud to share them with the public. These four artists focus on a variety of mediums (Chris is also a tattoo artist, for example, whose symbols are connected to the history of the South), but they all aim to amplify the voices of their communities throughout their work.

The artists created their custom patterns with free rein in their home studios individually. “We wanted [them] to have the…

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