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Action Sports Heavyweights Mongoose and Buns Release Legendary Throwback Collection

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Vans has been at the heart of skateboard culture since it hit the scene in its original authentic silhouette in 1966.

It maintains a mainstream presence, most recently partnering with Tony Hawk and with a professional skating team that includes Olympians Lizzy Armanto and Pedro Barros, but legendary pros Christian Hosoy and Steve Caballero. remains in the team and has never forgotten its roots.

Still, despite all that star power, go to your local skate park and take a look around, and chances are most of the young groms are wearing Vans.

Since 1974, Mongoose has done to BMX culture what Vans has done to skating. The brand’s innovative cast aluminum Motomag wheels revolutionized his BMX and exploded in popularity in the years that followed.

Today, like the Vans, the Mongoose still boasts a talented professional team that includes multiple X Games medalists Pat Casey, Kevin Peraza, Mikel Larin and Olympic bronze medalist Nikita Ducaros, but it’s no surprise that the kids are out at the skatepark. It is also the bike of choice.

On August 12th, the two brands announced a collaboration with designer Our Legends to celebrate their mutual contributions to action sports culture spanning decades.

The Drop features special edition footwear and apparel that pair the iconic Vans Authentic silhouette with the classic Mongoose colorway.

Each of the three Authentic 44 DX shoe designs in the collection represents a significant moment in Mongoose history. The 1970s orange and yellow iridescent black bicycle graphics and stickers, and the 1980s red and blue checkered Americana that his jersey wore. The Mongoose BMX race team and his early 1990s are represented in a turquoise and pink checkered design.

The three shoe designs retail for $105 USD per pair and are available online at,, and select Vans dealers worldwide.

The collection also includes two Mongoose long sleeve t-shirts ($50) and one crew fleece ($80), priced at $50 and $80 respectively. These designs are nods to vintage mongoose and van marketing materials, bike and shoe designs.

Our Legends creative studio director Chad “Shoes” Blawas said the designers wanted to “pay homage to both of these iconic brands with a design that reflects multiple eras.” increase. A collection aimed not only at the core BMX and skate consumer, but also at the lifestyle in general.

In the first quarter of 2022, Amsterdam-based Pon Holdings acquired Dorel Sports, which together with Schwinn own Pacific Cycle, Mongoose’s parent company. Since 2004 Vans has been owned by VF.
Corporation, the parent company of fellow action sports brands The North Face and Supreme.

Skateboarding culture has long moved away from action sports as a subculture, becoming dominant in the United States for both non-skater street style and budding kids. Freestyle BMX, which made its Olympic debut alongside skateboarding at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, has remained largely unknown. It’s easily the best thing about it that the Mongoose x Vans collection can be the rising tide that lifts all ships.