The Vans/Disney line has been a very popular product with Disney fans and Vans is taking it one step farther through Midnight ET on 11/12 by allowing fans to use their custom print shop option on three select items. You can create your own items by visiting Van’s official website, but we wanted to show you some of the options they were offering. Currently only two Disney Patterns are being offered in the customize program those are the “Mickey Mouse & Pluto” and the “Minnie Mouse & Hearts” patterns, but these can be used with solids and other patterns. Though they are technically only offering three items that can be customized, Old Skool II Backpack, the Trucker Hat and shoes, there are SEVERAL styles of shoes available. Currently Disney fans can customize SK8-HI, Slip-On, Authentic, Chukka Low, Old Skool, Authentic Lo-Pro, and Era shoe styles in Women, Men and several Children’s sizes depending on the shoe style. Below are a few examples that we created to give you an idea of just how creative you can get! Vans also states on their website there is an additional $5 fee to use the Disney patterns when customizing items.
The Old Skool II Backpack which starts at $60.00, was the first thing I tried customizing. I will be honest, the color choices are a bit odd because with the bag I was just being creative and silly so I played with the coloring a little. For the Front Panel I used the Mickey Mouse & Pluto Disney Pattern. On the Front Pocket Hood, Handle and Strap Webbing,Straps, Side Panel and Hardware I used the solid Reinvent Red. Finally for the Front Pocket I used black, and on the Bottom and Back Panels I used Magenta.
Pricing varies for the shoes due to their being so many styles to customize. For the shoes I went with the “Authentic” design and went with a “Classic Mickey and Pluto” color scheme. When you are playing with the shoe section of the program you realize shoes actually have different names for different pieces. For the Vamp (the front toe) I used Cyber Yellow, the Tongue, Foxing Stripe (the stripe on the rubber bottom) and Laced are Formual One, for the Quarter (or rest of the fabric part) I used the Disney Mickey Mouse & Pluto Pattern. The Binding (ribbing on the top of the shoe), Foxing (rubber bottom) and Eyelets are Solid Black.
Finally I played with the Trucker Hat which starts at $40. With the hat I decided to use both Disney Patterns. I will say I was disappointed that you couldn’t remove the large VANS logo from the front of the hat, but they do give you the option to choose the color of it. For the Front Crown, Top Visor, and Button I used the Minnie Mouse & Hearts pattern, and for the under visor I used the Mickey Mouse & Pluto. On the Back Panel/Mesh I used Purple, the Crown Tape is White and the back Closure is Pink. The large Vans Embroidered Patch and small flag label on the closure are both red, and the Sweat band is Black.
Overall designing the items on Vans website is easy and fun, and I hope that Disney and Vans are using this as a test to see how popular this option is. If that is the case, hopefully they make it a full time option and offer more Disney Patterns as I would LOVE to make a backpack using several of he Disney/Vans designs.