Five years after the release of Mac Miller's acclaimed album "Swimming," Vans pays homage to the late hip-hop artist's enduring impact on the music world and beyond. In collaboration with Miller's estate, the brand is launching a special edition of the Vans Authentic, marking the exact anniversary of the album's release on August 3, 2023.
The Mac Miller x Vans Authentic "Swimming" honors Miller's legacy with subtle yet profound design choices that blend perfectly with the classic Authentic silhouette. Crafted with a sleek black canvas upper, the shoe retains its timeless appeal while incorporating symbolic details that resonate with fans.
The traditional Vans elements, such as the red branding on the heel and the tag near the laces, add a touch of familiarity. However, what sets this release apart is the thoughtful yin-yang symbol adorning the toebox, accompanied by the inscription "Swimming by Mac Miller." This design choice pays homage to the introspective themes explored in the album, reflecting the artist's deeply personal and philosophical approach to music.
Further honoring Miller's memory is a white vulcanized rubber midsole bearing a heartfelt tribute: "Mac Miller 1992 Til ∞." This statement not only captures the artist's lasting influence, but also speaks to the connection between Miller and his fans, which continues to thrive even after his untimely passing.
In a significant gesture, Vans has announced that a portion of the proceeds from this release will benefit the Mac Miller Fund, aimed at supporting children from underserved communities.
Those looking to own a piece of this heartfelt tribute can find the release exclusively through Mac Miller's website on August 3, 2023.