With the resounding success of “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom”, fans are already dreaming of a re-release of the famous collaboration between Vans and Nintendo. Let's take a look back at this mythical association that gave birth to sneakers inspired by the Zelda universe and the perspectives of a new edition.
Memories of a legendary collaboration: the Zelda sneakers from Vans x Nintendo
In 2016, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of “The Legend of Zelda,” Vans and Nintendo joined forces to create a pair of iconic slip-on shoes. These shoes, a true tribute to the 8-bit video game, appealed to fans around the world.
Two models, all dressed in black leather, were released. Their particularity? Zelda-inspired designs, which recalled both iconic characters and cult phrases from the game. “Both silhouettes offered unparalleled comfort, thanks to their padded collars, elastic side details and famous white gum waffle soles. There's no doubt that this Vans x Nintendo collaboration made a lasting impression.
With the success of “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom”, is a re-release of the Zelda sneakers possible?
Released on May 12, “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” is a real triumph for Nintendo. This new addition to the saga, specially designed for the Nintendo Switch, has caused immense joy among video game fans.
In this epic adventure, co-developed with Monolith Soft, Princess Zelda and Link find themselves exploring an underground temple where a mummy resides. The mummy comes back to life, causing Hyrule Castle to rise. Link embarks on a quest to find Zelda, who disappeared after this event, and save Hyrule.
Under the direction of Hidemaro Fujibayashi and the production of Eiji Aonuma, the game was a huge success. According to fans, it even became one of the most downloaded games on the Nintendo Switch eShop, surpassing such flagship titles as “Super Mario Odyssey” and “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe”.
So, with such an overwhelming response, could we expect a re-release of the Zelda sneakers, featuring this new adventure? Fans can dream… and look forward to a possible announcement from Vans and Nintendo. After all, who wouldn't want to follow in the footsteps of Link and Zelda?
A feverish wait for Zelda and Vans fans
“Fans of the Zelda franchise and Vans are in a tizzy”. Indeed, the idea of a new collaboration between Vans and Nintendo, this time inspired by “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom”, is making the most passionate fans dream. The prospect of being able to wear shoes featuring the iconic elements of this new adventure is creating a feverish anticipation.
However, for the moment, no official announcement has been made. So fans will have to be patient. But who knows? Maybe the phenomenal success of “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” will convince Vans and Nintendo to renew their collaboration. All that's left to do is cross our fingers and watch for announcements from these two video game and fashion giants.
A Zelda sneaker dream on the horizon?
“The 2016 Vans x Nintendo collaboration made a lasting impression,” there's no denying that. Now, with the runaway success of “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” , fans are dreaming of a new pair of shoes featuring their favorite heroes. If the future remains uncertain, hope is still alive. So strap on your Vans, grab your Nintendo Switch, and get ready for adventure: who knows where the next game will take you?
I was an intern at the editorial office. When I saw their ad for a freelancer, I decided to come back. I'm a fan of series and movies, I spend my weekends at the cinema and my nights in front of Netflix