Vans Is Launching a Frida Kahlo Collection

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Vans is making headlines again, and this time it’s not about whether or not the shoes always land facing up. Earlier this week, the brand announced that it has partnered with Vault to design a new line of sneakers based on the works of Frida Kahlo.

The Vault by Vans x Frida Kahlo collection includes three pairs of white-soled shoes that each features a different painting: the OG Slip-On LX with a likeness of Kahlo from her 1940 painting Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, the OG Sk8-Hi LX with a likeness of Kahlo from her 1939 painting The Two Fridas, and the OG Authentic LX which is not only covered in the watermelons from her 1954 painting Viva la Vida, Watermelons, but which also includes the words “viva la vida” embroidered atop a watermelon near the heel.

This isn’t the first time Vans has released a line of sneakers inspired by a famous artist; the company has previously come out with Van Gogh Vans as well as Harry Potter- and NASA-themed collections. But Frida Kahlo is in some ways an especially apt guest artist, so to speak, both because of her own personal interest in fashion and also the impact she’s made on runways around the world, inspiring designs by Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, and more.

If you’re a sneakerhead, a Frida fanatic, or just a normal person whose current kicks are dangerously close to exposing your toes to the outside world, you can purchase a pair of Frida Kahlo Vans, ranging from $80 to $95, starting this Saturday, June 29th.

[h/t Los Angeles Times]