Harry Potter fans might’ve hung up their sorting hats long ago, but eight years after the final film was released, it seems the magic is very much still alive.
At least, Vans thinks so, as the cult skateboarding shoe brand has created a Harry Potter-inspired collection featuring trainers named after each of the four houses from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The collection was announced last month, and after much anticipation, the brand has finally released official imagery of the shoes.
The signature colours of each Hogwarts house has been reinvented in different Vans aesthetics.
Gryffindor has been represented in the brand’s Sk8-Hi shoe, which boasts red and gold stripes against black suede and also features an embroidered version of the house’s lion crest on the side.
Elsewhere, Hufflepuff has been imagined in a muted Slip-On shoe, with an all-black exterior and its yellow crest stitched across the forefoot along with its namesake.
Ravenclaw has led to a Checkerboard blue and white shoe with matching blue laces and Slytherin has been realised in a swamp green and black trainer with the house’s snake emblem on the tongue. It’s certainly not the prettiest shoe in the bunch, but that’s fitting given Slytherin is the house of "He Who Must Not Be Named" and a whole host of other evil characters who don’t really deserve aesthetically-pleasing shoes.
Fans will have to wait a bit longer to see what else the collection has to offer.
Although the brand hasn’t announced an official release date yet, we do know that there’s men’s and women’s apparel on its way along with a host of Potter-inspired accessories.
“Whether goofy foot or regular stance, Gryffindor or Slytherin, the Vans x Harry Potter footwear and apparel collection will appeal to all enthusiasts of Vans and the Wizarding World,” the brand has said in a statement.
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