Lizzie Armanto is not only a pioneer in the skateboarding circuit, but also an advocate for more sustainable choices. Unveiling her partnership with Vans earlier this year, pro skateboarder Lizzie Armanto dropped her first signature skating shoe along with an apparel drop. Now, the Olympic level athlete brings a new colorway of The Lizzie in “Dirt/Black,” and also shares a new range of skate-ready articles.
A decorated skater, Armanto continues to lead the charge in her sport, from metaling at X Games and representing her country at the Olympics, to being the first woman to design a Vans skate shoe in 20 years, and making it an Earth-friendlier too.
The Lizzie required close collaboration with Vans’ Innovation and Product Development teams, to ensure performance and personality that doesn’t compromise the planet. Overseen by the brand’s in-house sustainability guidelines, the protocols made sure the footwear materials followed strict regulations to reduce carbon emissions. The shoe was created with a combination of organic cotton, natural rubber, and bio-based foam. Additionally, the suede used across the shoe is sourced from the Leather Working Group – previously rated gold and silver for environmental responsibility. LWG mostly focuses on environmentally responsibility within the tanning industry, and while this is a step in the right direction, we hope to instead see footwear continue to explore non-animal-derived leathers.
With the intention of meeting a wide range of skateboarders, the universal fit makes the silhouette adaptable to any feet. Additionally, the shoe is updated with an all new upper (quarter panel, tongue, and lining) that is made from renewable cottons. It’s evident Van’s commitment to sustainability continues to make its way into new releases. As it shares on its website, “Vans is committed to a lower carbon future by reducing greenhouse emissions, eliminating single-use plastics from our packaging, and reimagining the lifecycle of our products by 2030.”
The Lizzie has minimal details but still embodies Armanto’s creative personality. The heels come with a special feature, where you can find her first and last name on the underside of the flaps. The signature shoe is also built for durability and grip, empowering the next generation of skaters. The drop also includes a range of tops, a hoodie, beanie, and tote.
You can shop The Lizzie “Dirt/Black” colorway and collection online at vans.com.