We headed to Eindhoven for the release of Daan Van Der Linden’s Vans pro colourway. By the time we got the event the drink was flowing and Area 51 was feeling pretty hectic. Heading behind the skatepark to a little patch of grass we had a chat with Daan (joined intermittently by his older brother), discussing the Vans shoe design process; energy drinks and contests; and Daan offers his recommendations on the places to skate, eat, and fish in Holland.
Words: Daryl Mersom | Photos provided by Vans
How much input did you have into the design of your shoe?
I had a lot of input. My main focus was to keep it casual. I don’t want any crazy colours on there. If I go skate and I look down and there’s any bright colours on the shoe, except for the sole, I freak out. That’s just me, you know? That’s why the shoe had to be black with white soles. That’s what the colourway is all about.
Where did the green laces come from?
Anti Hero, and the smoking [laughs].
Did Anti Hero influence your smoking?
I was smoking way before I was on Anti Hero [laughs].
“I have to screw down that poster with my name on. I’m not dropping in with it there”
How long did the design process take?
I heard about it in 2015 when they did Sam Partaix’s colourway, and they asked me to do a colourway for 2016.
Do you have a favourite Vans style?
Slip-on pros, Era Pros, or the TNT 5, I really like those. I switch it up with the shoes. I feel like for transition the slip-on is better because you don’t really have to flip your board. It has the most board feel. I can’t skate high shoes.
How important are pro shoes and colourways?
Not important at all. But it’s cool that I get to have a colourway – it’s a nice little thing that they did for me. That’s what I appreciate about this event. It’s pretty sick that they did it.
How does it feel skating a park that has your name written on the wall in massive letters?
It’s pretty awkward. There’s a bowl contest, I kind of want to enter it, but if I do I have to screw down that poster with my name on. I’m not dropping in with it there.