Vans Donates Thousands of Sneakers & Clothes to California Camp Fire Victims

Vans has donated thousands of pairs of shoes and items of clothing to the victims of Camp Fire in Northern California. According to local newspaper Chico Enterprise-Record, the skate company showed up at the Chico High School gym with approximately 4,000 to 5,000 pairs of sneakers, socks, and shirts, as well as around 1,000 hats.

“It’s just heart-wrenching,” Vans VP Steve Van Doren said. “We’re just trying to help them out.” Van Doren added that the team came to the school to “put a smile on their faces — they’ve had some real hard weeks the last couple weeks.”

This isn’t the first time Vans has donated items after a natural disaster. In August, it gave away sneakers to victims of the Carr Fire and also donated after Hurricanes Harvey and Katrina. Prior to Vans’ most recent donation, adidas, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West had jointly donated $500,000 to California wildfire relief.

In other sneaker news, you can still cop the adidas YEEZY 500 “Salt” at StockX.

Meek Mill Talks Jay-Z’s “What’s Free” Verse, Kanye West & Prison Reform on CNN

In a recent interview with CNN, Meek Mill discussed whether or not Jay-Z was going after Kanye West in that headline-grabbing “What’s Free” verse, alongside highlighting the importance of prison reform.

The verse in question appears on Mill’s most recent LP, Champions, and features Jay-Z rhyming, “No red hat, don’t Michael and Prince me and ‘Ye // They separate you when you got Michael and Prince’s DNA” —  bars that have since been interpreted as mocking West for wearing Trump’s “Make America Great Again” caps.

The line clearly meant don’t pit me against my brothers no matter what our differences are (red hat) now go pick up Meek album . Drake and Meek on there together .

— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) November 30, 2018

Jay-Z himself has debunked the drama, stating the verse “clearly” doesn’t go after West, which Mill reiterated to CNN. “I think he actually just says, ‘Don’t let him separate us like they did Michael Jackson and Prince,’” he offered.

Mill further explained, “Kanye came out of nowhere and just went ‘red hat,’ and that was kind of like against everything we represent. I don’t know what [West] represents, but coming up in the hip-hop community, we came up fighting and fighting for our rights for a long time. What that red hat represents doesn’t really represent what we’ve been fighting for our whole lives.”

On the topic of prison reform, Mill stated that often people are kept incarcerated for crimes they didn’t not commit, while their bail costs are less than the price of keeping them behind bars in the first place. “I actually spent time with men that had 28 months in prison for $100 bail, and they weren’t even found guilty for their crimes, and $100 kept them in prison. We as taxpayers, even myself, had to pay money to keep guys like this in prison.”

Watch the full interview in the video above, and then share your thoughts on Mill’s points in the comments.

In other news, Lil Xan has checked himself into rehab for opioid addiction

Gesaffelstein Throws Shade at 6ix9ine in New “Reset” Video

Gesaffelstein is back with a vengeance. The enigmatic French producer has returned with the new single “Reset,” along with a brilliant accompanying music video. Essentially a rap video without any of the actual rapping, the visual also features a clear reference to rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine. Watch it above.

Gesaffelstein’s last full-length release was his debut album Aleph, which arrived in 2013. More recently, he notably worked with The Weeknd on the latter’s My Dear Melancholy, EP, which was released in March of this year.

In other news, Ariana Grande has gloriously sent up your favorite rom-coms in her instantly iconic new video for “thank u, next.”

Win the OFF-WHITE x Nike Zoom Fly SP in Today’s Highsnobiety Advent Calendar

This year, Highsnobiety will be giving away one pair of sneakers every day until December 24, when the contest ends with a big surprise. Today’s prize is the OFF-WHITE x Nike Zoom Fly SP.

Leading up to Christmas, you must enter the contest each day through our Highsnobiety Sneakers chatbot on Facebook in order to be eligible on that day. Submitting your entry for one day does not make you eligible to win the remaining days, and the entry period will last 24 hours, ending each day at 12 p.m. ET.

A new sneaker model will be revealed each day, first through the chatbot, then on If you subscribe to the chatbot you’ll get notified each day once the new giveaway is live, and winners will be messaged when selected.

Day 1: Win the OFF-WHITE x Nike Zoom Fly SP

How to enter:
1. Follow Highsnobiety Sneakers and Xhibition on Instagram.
2. Subscribe to our Highsnobiety Sneakers chatbot on Facebook by clicking “Get Started” and send us a message with today’s hashtag: #HSxSnowman with your size in one message, for example “#HSxSnowman US7.” The hashtag will change with each subsequent day.

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