Vans P.K. Ripper High Tops Bring Back Great Memories (And Look Boss) – UPDATED

Anyone who knows me knows I’m firmly in the Converse camp when it comes to high-top sneakers. But when I saw these beautiful Vans SE Racing P.K. Ripper shoes, I had to break ranks and sneak them in with my Converse collection. I met Scot Breithaupt, founder of SE Racing, while working for Bell Helmets in the early 80’s. I was in awe of Scot who obviously understood racing, marketing, sponsorship and communications way better than I ever would. He was a force of nature and it is not a…