North Face’s co-founder Douglas Tompkins recently passed away doing something that he loved: exploring the world, kayaking in Chile. It’s almost a fitting tribute that the collaboration between North Face and Vans have created the most technical Vans shoe today, incorporating North Face technologies while pushing the traditional Vans designs. The result is the Vans Vault X North Face Desert Chukka in matte black. Stepping away from the heritage Vans silhouette, the leather chukka silhouette allows for progressive weatherised features using North Face’s renowned climate-resistant features. The shoe itself has DRI-LEX materials and a HydroSeal waterproof membrane, topped with fleece-lining to ensure that your feet stay both wet-free and warm. Who says that Vans can’t be more than a casual shoe?