If you've been following our shoe reviews, you'll notice a constant diet of metal/rock band collabs like the Slayer Slip Ons and the Pushead dunks, it's because aside from rap and hip-hop, heavy music will always be a constant mainstay in the sneaker scene. This one takes us back to the 80's with a special shoe that pays tribute to a band that was totally ahead of its time. Meet Iron Maiden and their 3rd album The Number of the Beast.
The album is the third offering by the English heavy metal band. It dropped March 1982 and the first one to feature the pipes of their legendar vocalist Bruce Dickinson.
A critically-acclaimed release that brought the band further success, its iconic status was solidified by the album art. Created by Derek Riggs for the band, it was a painting that made for a lot of controversy with dark imagery featuring their defacto mascot Eddie.
Released way back 2012, the shoe does not disappoint, from the album cover inspired box to the sides of the shoe all covered with the album graphics. The band branding found on the tongue, the midsoles and the back portion, all make the shoe stand out. The leather on the sockliner is the finest we've ever encountered on a Vans Sk8 Hi, it's a nice touch.
If you're into collecting heavy metal memorabilia, then this pair may be right up your alley. It used to be albums that market music but times have changed and merchandising is key to a band's relevance. Who are we to argue with releases like these? If you're not that deep into metal collabs, maybe you'll dig the Kendrick Lamar Reeboks that we reviewed some time ago.