Pushing the boundaries and thinking differently is nothing new to Vans surfers Alex Knost (from Costa Mesa, California) and Lee-Ann Curren (from Biarritz, France). Whether in the water or out, they know that true self-expression means being unapologetically yourself. In this second season of their genderless head-to-toe collection from Vans, Alex and Lee-Ann worked together to integrate new colors and materials, driving a unique approach to progression with product and inclusivity.
Their “outside-the-lines” way of thinking, both on a wave and off, has come to life in the new Vans X Curren X Knost Circle Vee. For this brand new footwear style, Vans looked at every little bit that goes into making a shoe and made adjustments-from the one-piece knitted natural upper to the all-new, sculpted for all-day comfort, EcoCush™ biofoam drop-in midsole and the full-length EcoWaffle™ rubber outsole. We even developed new construction methods to reduce glues and excess material.
As part of this collection, we’re also partnering with the Ocean Conservancy, a global organization focused on protecting the oceans we love and enjoy, and will be donating $1 for every Circle Vee product sold, with a minimum of $25,000 donated to the Tides Foundation.
For Alex and Lee-Ann, it’s about more than creating a collection that people look good wearing-it is about feeling good when you are wearing it.
• Alex Knost/Lee-Ann Curren collection
• ECOCUSH™ INSOLE: The brand new EcoCush™ drop-in footbed is made from 70% biobased FATES™ foam, derived from plant-based oils without sacrificing performance. This new footbed provides ultimate all-day comfort and support with a molded heel cup and arch shape.
• ECOWAFFLE™ OUTSOLE: This is an all-new eco rubber compound made from responsibly sourced natural rubber instead of petroleum-derived synthetic rubber. This new natural rubber compound was developed and engineered to maintain the grip and durability Vans has been known for since ’66.
• ORGANIC COTTON BLEND UPPERS: The Circle Vee upper knit is made of 50% organic cotton and 50% hemp, giving this forward-thinking shoe a natural, classic Vans DNA look and feel while reducing excess waste in the footwear manufacturing process. The upper is stitched directly onto the outsole to help reduce the amount of adhesive used, and all linings and laces utilize organic cotton, hemp, and jute natural fibers.