December 17, 2021

Vans Unveils the New Vans x Fucking Awesome UltimateWaffle EXP

Innovative Sturdy Stitch material and tech deliver durable, breathable style

Available online and at select skate retailers worldwide on December 17, 2021

Always committed to progression, Vans Skateboarding is proud to unveil the latest innovation to style and performance, the Vans x Fucking Awesome UltimateWaffle EXP.  Partnering with longtime Vans family member and Fucking Awesome World entertainment co-owner Anthony Van Engelen, this new, experimental silhouette comes to life utilizing a technical process called SturdyStitch to deliver a durable-yet-flexible upper for increased abrasion resistance and breathability.

The Vans x FA UltimateWaffle EXP leverages Sturdy Stitch, a TPU-based thread for technical embroidery, that is heat pressed to fuse into a breathable monomesh base. SturdyStitch is reinforced with multiple layers across the toe cap to protect high wear areas, as well as a singular layer around the eyestay and heelcounter. The result is increased abrasion resistance, while maintaining breathability and flex. RapidWeld technology is then applied to provide additional structure in the mid-foot and vamp.

This new durable upper is grounded with a translucent UltimateWaffle™ outsole construction, combining a built-in UltraCush™ insole with an internal stabilizing shank for more cushioning, durability, and support—all while offering a unique “what you see, is what you get” look and feel. The shoe is finished with LuxLiner™’s sock-like interior for the ultimate fit, comfort, and breathability.

Available in the hero FA white and black colorway, the Vans x FA UltimateWaffle EXP features a custom molded Vans x FA tongue label, as well as AVE’s namesake on the heelcounter and Vans x FA signature detailing on the heelscab and insole. The shoe is delivered in custom translucent packaging with FA’s signature “Hurt Your Eyes” print.

Co-owned by Anthony Van Engelen and Jason Dill, Fucking Awesome is one of the most influential brands in skate without ever trying to be. Thriving on being offensive, FA makes small quantities of boundary-pushing designs that are some of the most coveted in skateboarding, consistently informing style across the board. 

The Vans x FA UltimateWaffle EXP will be available beginning December 17, 2021, at Vans Skateboarding retailers and at