It’s tough to believe that legendary musician David Bowie was taken from this world a little more than three years ago after a relatively unknown battle with liver cancer. The singer’s music continues to get praised for its innovativeness, providing a spark for many musicians who continue to follow in Bowie’s footsteps. Tributes and honors for Bowie have steadily continued in the years following his death and the latest comes from Vans, who are set to launch a limited edition Bowie sneaker collection.
The line will feature four different types of sneakers, each one commemorating one of the rock icon’s most beloved albums – Hunky Dory, Aladdin Sane, Space Oddity and Diamond Dogs – on four of Vans’ most popular silhouettes, the Slip-On 47 V DX, Old Skool, Era, and Sk8-Hi. Each sneaker will be as different as Bowie’s constantly evolving sound and accompanying cover art, with the low top Old Skool made out of leather, the Slip-On 47 V DX featuring faux-fur and the Sk8-Hi featuring suede – all designed with colors and the looks of Bowie’s albums, each of which was certified either gold or platinum.
This is not the first rock ‘n’ roll collaboration the California-based shoe company has done. Earlier this year, Vans released a line of Van Halen sneakers that were only available through the band’s website and, before that, launched a line of Led Zeppelin swag which included sneakers featuring the iconic Hindenburg disaster which was on the band’s 1969 debut album. That collection also included hats and other accessories. There’s no word yet if Bowie’s upcoming collection will just be shoes or feature more for fans purchase.
Set to drop on April 5, Vans has yet to announce the price of these shoes, though we’re guessing each will be somewhere between $80-$100. In case you’re worried about missing it, Vans’ website has an area where you can sign up and get alerted when they go on sale. This collection is pretty awesome but we’re holding out for another collection, one that features Young Americans and The Rise of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars-inspired looks. You can see the design of each sneaker below: