Metallica have just announced that they have once again partnered up with skate shoe company Vans to unleash a series of the shoe that is customised by each member of the band. James, Lars , Kirk and Robert 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. Robert went with a Aztec themed tribal blue design.
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.
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.