Evidently still reeling from the days of Napster, Metallica has announced a new merchandising deal with Vans (this follows frontman James Hetfield’s “rocking” line of sunglasses launched in July). The limited-edition Vans x Metallica 20th Anniversary Half Cab Pro is made of all-black, heavy-duty canvas and suede and features lyrics on the side and a clear rubber sole with Kill ‘Em All album artwork. Unfortunately, Vans’ legal department couldn’t authorize using the blood of Metallica’s fallen enemies in the shoe-making process. Regardless, the shoe you will use to both skate and stomp your fellow moshers’ chests in is available now at most major skate shops (find a dealer here).
“I’ve been wearing Vans on stage my whole freakin’ career (and way before that!),” said Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo in a statement. “Whether I’m walking the streets of Venice or San Francisco, Vans provides the funk in my stride!”
The shoes are the first in an upcoming three-tier release schedule. In January 2013, Vans will unveil the “Passion Projects” line, featuring designs from each band member (including Lars Ulrich’s shoe that plays clips of him speaking with each step).Then, in March, Vans and Metallica will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kill ‘Em All with artwork emblazoned on Vans’ Classic Slip-On and the Sk8-Hi shoes.