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Vans and STREETMACHINE’s new sneaker drop pays homage to two of Copenhagen’s most iconic skate spots

Special ”Plazas of Copenhagen” collab includes two sneaker silhouettes for the Vans Pro Skate collection.

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Established back in 1989, STREETMACHINE had its humble beginnings in the heart of Paris. Later expanding to San Diego, they played a major part throughout the 90s in both the European and American skate scene. In 1996, owner Tobia Sloth decided to bring the business back home, and opened the STREETMACHINE flagship store we know today, located in Copenhagen and specialized in skateboarding, workwear, street and sportswear.

The first silhouette, Sk8-Low Pro, draws inspiration from Israel’s Plaza which served as the first meeting spot for the Copenhagen’s skaters. It became a perennial favourite throughout the early 80s and 90s due in part to its all seasons skateability, thanks to an underground parking lot beneath it.

The second piece – the Mid Skool Pro – is inspired by the nearby Jarmers Plaza. Only five minutes away from Israel’s, just on the other side of the park (Ørsteds Parken), Jarmers has become one of Copenhagen’s most iconic places to skate thanks to its rows of flat curbs and its flat surface.

The insoles on both pairs include an image of their respective plazas and they feature special Duracap and UltraCush™ technologies for extra wearability.