‘Where’s Waldo?’ goes for a walkabout in this book and sneaker collaboration

The sneakers featuring characters from the 'Where's Waldo?' series. Photo: Vans

Remember the old normal? The days of crowded summer beaches, no face masks and loads of adventure. Talk about a perfect setting for Waldo-watchers.

Children’s puzzle book series Where’s Waldo? by English illustrator Martin Handford (originally titled Where's Wally? in Britain) has challenged the minds of young children (and also the young at heart) since its launch in 1987 with its fun and educational games.

With its iconic protagonist Waldo (as he is known in North America), a distinctively dressed adventurer in red-and-white striped shirt, bobble hat and glasses, this classic book series nurtures an interest for travel and adventure.

Now fans can dress up like Waldo with American shoe/apparel brand Vans joining in the fun with its head-to-toe spring collection, featuring well-loved characters from the Where’s Waldo? book series.

The Vans x Where’s Waldo collection, which will be available from next month, pays homage to the classic series, presenting a collection for all in the family (hats, shoes and T-shirts for men, women and children).

Relive your childhood and see if you can spot our striped adventurer.

Remember that famous double-spread beach scene from Waldo’s first book? The classic scene makes an appearance on the Classic Slip-On.

The colourful outdoor scene is offset with contrast red piping on the tongue with navy-blue foxing, a colour scheme that echoes back to Waldo’s signature outfit of choice.

Fans of Wizard Whitebeard will want the red and white ringer tee and jockey hat... each one has a hidden Waldo surprise. Both Waldo and the wizard pop-up on the Vans x Where’s Waldo Houser woven and shirt.

The iconic beach scene is also a highlight. Spot it yourself in one of the T-shirts in the children's range.

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