Coming on the heels — pun intended — of the new Led Zeppelin Van sneakers are the new commemorative Eddie Van Halen high tops. The '78 high tops are the sixth set in the EVH sneaker collection that features red, yellow, and white high tops, red low tops, and red slip-on shoes — all of which replicate the striped designs of Van Halen's '70s and '80s guitars. The new sneaker sells for $64.78.
According to the official EddieVanHalenStore.com website:
This commemorative shoe, the 1978 High Top, honoring the occasion of Eddie’s groundbreaking debut to the world stage with the release of the first Van Halen album, some 40 years ago.
Adding to the growing collection of footwear offered by the EVH brand, the 1978 High Tops are a black and white classic high-top sneaker. The outer side features a live photo of Eddie Van Halen playing guitar on the first world tour, and the inner side of the shoe has 1978 prominently displayed in a circular badge.
The Eddie Van Halen logo appears on both the tongue of the shoe and on the back sole, and the back panel features his signature white with black striped pattern.”
Van Halen fans wait with bated breath on news of a 2019 tour — possibly featuring Michael Anthony on bass. Although there's been no announcement about the long-rumored road dates, there's little doubt that Eddie Van Halen is cooking something up in his home studio. He told us a while back that most of Van Halen's music stems from jam sessions with drummer and brother, drummer Alex Van Halen: “What I do on any record is I basically lock myself up in the studio with my brother, and we jam, and whatever comes out is what we (laughs) use. And a lot of the stuff we, we don't use, 'cause it's not good (laughs). But the good stuff we keep, and we just carry on from there.”