Natural leather, which is better known as “Vachetta tan,” has taken the sneaker world by storm in recent times. Smaller footwear brands were the first to make use of it for their higher-end releases. However, apart from Jordan Brand and Nike, several other well-known brands like Asics and New Balance also dropped “Vachetta Tan” iterations of their popular models. Hender Scheme, the Japanese accessories and footwear brand, is often deemed responsible for transforming this luxurious motif into a footwear trend. Over the course of this year, Jordan Brand has dropped a few “Vachetta Tan” releases and the Jordan Westbrook 0.2 is apparently the latest one.
Vachetta tan leather is the same leather that is more than often spotted in the form of the trimmings of handbags and luggage, especially if they are high-end ones. Unlike traditional leather used to construct footwear, this natural leather is not treated, which means that it can easily get stained and wet. The shade of natural leather also happens to be vulnerable to sunlight and can become darker, i.e. develop patina. The more “Vachetta Tan” footwear is worn, the more patina develops, and apparently wears find this appealing and unique. This trend has been catching up ever since Hender Scheme released its “Vachetta Tan” replica sneakers.
It was unfortunate that Russell Westbrook’s undefeated triple-double streak came to an end recently. At least, he can be delighted to see his latest signature model from Jordan Brand to receive somewhat of a premium aesthetic. The Westbrook 0.2 is already a lifestyle silhouette, which is further enhanced in this case due to its Vachetta Tan leather uppers, which have been paired with clean White-colored sole units. Although not as outrageously expensive, this sneaker certainly looks as if it belongs to Jordan Brand’s Premium or Pinnacle line.
However, the retail price of this Jordan Westbrook 0.2 “Vachetta Tan” is merely $145. Sneakerheads will have to head over to select Jordan Brand retailers, such as END clothing, to cop a pair.
Jordan Westbrook 0.2 “Vachetta Tan”
Vachetta Tan/Vachetta Tan-Sail
854563-200 | $145