Metallica teaming up with Vans on Black Album-themed collection

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Metallica is celebrating 30th anniversary of The Black Album with a new Vans collaboration.

A representative for the heavy metal group took to Instagram on Thursday to announce the partnership, which will include a limited-edition version of the Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On footwear.

The shoes feature artwork inspired by the band and designed by Metallica artist Pushead, real name Brian Schroeder, who has provided imagery for tour books, T-shirts, and stages since 1986.

“Pushead’s Sad But True design is synonymous with the entire Black Album era; his twin skulls travelled the world, displayed on banners on each side of the stage while Metallica performed,” a Vans spokesperson explained. “The latest Vans x Metallica release showcases Pushead’s enigmatic facing skulls across the quarter panels of the Sk8-Hi as well as the opposing sides of each Classic Slip-On. Each design showcases a graphic blue shatter design and silver Metallica branding around the sidewall of Sk8-Hi and stop the upper of the Slip-On.”

Both designs have the Metallica logo printed on the heel.

Vans and Metallica have been long-time partners and collaborators, having previously released three footwear and apparel collaborations over the past decade.

The shoes will be sold exclusively via Vans Family from 25 July, and on Metallica’s website the following day.

Metallica’s fifth studio album was originally released in August 1991 and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

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