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      08.09.2012 20:37
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      The best Skate shoes on the market, worth every penny

      I love my skate shoes. In fact I LIVE in them! I have about 30 pairs ranging from Vans to Adio to Emerica and everything else in-between. But Vans are still no.1 on my list. I wear them with Jeans, cargo pants, shorts, combats, skirts and even have a plain black pair I wear to work (in a smart office)

      You cannot beat the comfort of Vans. I have slight flat feet so anything with shape to the arch of the shoe causes me issues. So the flatness of Vans are perfect for me.

      There are many different types to choose from and various styles and colours. I have Black to Brown to Blue and even a pink pair.

      I have to admit that although I do have a few girls pairs I in fact almost always go for men's or unisex. I feel the girls versions have an odd look to them. As they are thinner they always appear longer than they should and a lot flatter. Whereas the men's / unisex are wider with more shape to them and in my opinion are just a lot more flattering to feet, especially for those of us who have slightly larger than average female feet. At a size 6-7 anything that doesn't make my feet look bigger than they already are is a huge plus point with me.
      Which leads me to another great thing about Vans, the half sizes! Online you are able to find all sizes from kids up to men's 15 with all the half sizes in between so being able to wear a 6.5 is great for me.

      Now they aren't the cheapest of skate shoes out there, ranging from £40 to £70 on average but with some internet hunting it is possible to find them even cheaper or on sale especially on websites dedicated to skaters and skateboards.
      Vans do have some close completion in the market these days, especially in my opinion from Adio, but to me they will always be the original and the best.

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      20.03.2011 13:08
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      Amazing shoe company

      I have been wearing vans ever since I have started skateboarding and I have never looked back. They are one of my Favorite shoes to wear. They are always comfortable and always look great and they are always good value. I love Vans!

      Vans was started way back in 1966 and it is now stronger than ever. It was started up by Paul Van Doren and in a few years , vans were the shoe of California! Vans are now making shoes for everyday use , for skateboarding, BMXing and many , many other uses. Vans even made shoes for the USA military at one point. If their shoes are good enough for the army they are good enough for everyone else.

      Vans are always bringing out new shoes. Their first was the authentic which is still going strong now. They then brought out the Era. The same as the authentic but with stronger stitching and padded ankle for extra support. Vans have also made countless other shoes.

      On the Vans website you can actually create your own shoe. You chose the colors, patterns and style of the shoe and you can then buy it for a little bit extra. I love this feature and I have used it to create my current pair of vans.

      Overall, I think that Vans are an excellent shoe company with some of my favorite shoes in their huge army of shoes. I would recommend anyone getting a pair!

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      15.01.2010 14:34
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      You'll get your money's worth!

      Having been a fan of this brand since I was a young teenager I'd like to share my view on Van's clothing with you.

      For about 10 years now I have been wearing Vans trainers. Am I a skater? No. Are these the most comfy trainers I've ever owned? Yes. Vans are really like slippers, ok maybe a little heavier on the feet. If you like your light footwear then these may not be for you but if you are willing to give Vans a try, you won't look back. Having had a number of the different Vans designs over the years, I cannot complain about any of them. All of them have been brilliant quality and I have litterally worn them into the ground. Although these trainers can be quite chunky, but being only a size 5 foot this wasn't a problem for me and my feet still managed to look small. My favourite version have to be the Wesley style. Yes they do look like skate trainers as they are, but I don't think they should only be looked upon as skate trainers. These are the most comfy and hard wearing trainers that I have ever owned and they look great so what more could you want?

      I was lucky enough to go to Florida when I was a kid, and when I came across the Vans shop over there I was litterally like a kid in a sweet shop! Not only did they have an amazing range of cool clothes, as it was in dollars and the exchange rate was good, they were half the price of the stuff in the UK. I bought lots of tops, some jeans and a couple of pairs of trainers. This was 9 years ago and I still have half of the t-shirts and a pair of trainers (in case you are wondering, no I haven't grown!). The clothing really is great quality and long lasting and although expensive over here, it's worth the money from the use that you'll get out of them.

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        07.01.2010 12:25
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        5/5

        As I have always been on the skateboarding scene, I have always been a fan of Vans.

        I usually have only had shoes and a few items of clothing and I must admit I'm genuinely very impressed with the shoes.

        Their shoes are well built, and maintain their quality throughout a number of years. The shoes are very comfortable, whether this is a slip-on, or a classic shoe. I used to use Vans when I skated myself and they used to last me a few months to a year, which is quite good for a skate shoe, as they are damaged a lot.

        Nowadays though, I just wear Vans around as their the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn and wouldn't change it. I have about six pairs of Vans and all are still in good condition and are all worn on a regular basis.

        Their clothing is pretty good too, as I have a number of shirts and t-shirts and all have maintained their colour and quality throughout a number of washes and are exceptionally good quality for money.

        I would recommend the brand to everyone, and not just those who skate or like the sport as they really are comfortable.

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        25.10.2009 16:09
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        plus points definately outweigh the negative points

        I'm gonna start off by saying i absolutely love my vans. The vans i wear are the 'widow' style not the little canvas ones. For the past 2 years these are all i've been wearing.

        In my opinion, vans are one of the most comfiest shoes i've worn for a long time. They look really good although they can look wrong worn with the wrong type of clothes, lol. I do find that vans have many negative points but i'm so addicted to them that the negative points don't really matter to me and the positive far outweighs the negative.

        I do find them quite expensive and for the past 3 pairs i've bought, they've cost me about £55 each. In the past 18 months i've managed to wear through 2 pairs and have just bought my 3rd ones. Now i do wear mine 99% of the time so that probably doesn't help with the wear and tear on them.

        On the plus side, they look good, they're comfortable, not everyone is wearing them so you can show off your individuality and oh, did i mention how comfy they are, lol.

        I would recommend vans to anyone that likes a bit of alternative clothing, i don't find them mainstream at all and tend to suit the baggy jeans wearers or the 'emo' type.

        I do tend to buy my vans from the mens section because recently all the womens ones seem to have pink on them and i don't wear pink, lol.

        Last year i also bought my then 9 yr old daughter a pair of the widow style vans after she begged me to get them her. The ones she had were black with pink and other coloured stars on them and they came with 2 different pairs of laces so she could have black ones or pink ones. Again they were a bit expensive at £35 but they did last her a while and she has only recently had to throw them away. She also found them very very comfortable and has been begging me for another pair ever since.

        This review has been for the widow tyoe vans but there are so many different styles out there so if you're looking at buying a different kind of vans, do read the reviews cos if the other styles are as good as these ones then you're getting yourself a really great shoe

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          22.09.2009 21:44
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          I'd buy em, infact I plan to buy another pair.

          I have a pair of Vans trainers in black and white, and I can honestly say I've never been happier with a pair of trainers in my life. My girlfriend hates them, my housemates hate them, bouncers in clubs hate them, I however love them. It's like having two comfy sofa's on the end on my legs!

          They've been pretty much the sole trainer I've worn for the past year, and ok, admittedly they're pretty worn now but they're still as comfy as ever. They look good, and you can generally get away with wearing them into 'no shoes - no entry' type clubs as they're mostly black, with black laces.

          I've put them through the wash a few times, and they've taken the abuse well, still holding together, although they have faded slightly to a very dark blue-grey colour now. Like most skate trainers they are a bit warm in the summer months, but who wears trainers then?! Buy some flip flops instead!

          I would recommend these 110% for anyone looking for a comfy skate style trainer. They're big, they're not the prettiest, but man are they comfortable on my feet! Get some today, you wont regret it!

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            13.12.2008 21:04
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            Overall a lovely pair of trainers =D

            Vans shoes are one of the most comfortale pair of trainers I've worn in ages. I live in them! Yes, they don't look comfortable with their flat soles but this is just a look. Inside they have a very good arch support and overall the sole is very supportive.

            The trainers are very hard wearing as well. I've been wearing mine for about 2 years now and they are still going strong.

            Another plus with Vans shoes are the very fashionable and wide range of styles that they do. Although not a good look for everyone they do a wide range of different styles so most young people who are looking for a style of trainer like Vans will find one that they like. Another positive is that they do a wide range of alternative laces for them so you can change your look whenver you want and give your trainers a fresh look.

            So overall, I would highly recommend Vans to anyone. Although they are a little pricey they will last you a long while and are very comfortable!

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              26.01.2004 00:26
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              These were my first pair of vans shoes. My brother just came home with them for me one evening. So i wasn't really planning to get them. They are a tad too big for me so i wear insoles and thick socks, they still slip when i walk though. They dont slip too much but they are a bit heavy and clumpy when i walk, this would probably not happen if they were the right size. i do suggest buying these shoes though as they look extremly good with black trousers and the pink looks so good when u walk. I'm not sure if they're good skating, i guess i'll find out when i begin skating in the summer.

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              20.09.2003 22:13

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              I LURVE MY VANS. Im a 14 year old alternative chick, But i can't skate for my life! Just cuz i dont skate doesnt mean i cant wear Vans Skate shoes! I bought my vans earlier this year and i would say that they're still in pretty good condition.Mine Are "west-ends" in Expresso/Fog/Smoke, which in other words are dark brown with light brown and Grey Details from The Ladies Range. They are so comfy, its like waking on pillows, honestly. They cost me about £50 and have defantly been worth it. They look kewl with baggy jeans,skirts,anything! But you can't tie the laces, i mean you can if u wished, But it's like the unwritten law you dont tie your laces,you just tuck them inside your shoe.Which makes them difficult 2 do sports in.All you teenagers out there will understand what im rambling about. Me and my friends' feet are all about a size 3/4 which means skate shoes look incredibly cute on our feet.And if your a guy with bigger feet (as most guys do) they still look Hott. The Ladies range goes from size 3-5 and the guys range goes from 6-12. Ive NEARLY wrecked my beloved shoes about 4 times now. My advice is do not go through muddy "shortcuts" with boys. Do not wear them in the rain.Do not spill juice or any other substance on them.And avoid wearing them to school. Over-all Vans are well priced, good quality, comfy shoes which are fashionable and Trendy. Thanks 4 reading! xXx

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              11.05.2003 01:58
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              Vans ~ Introduction ~ Just to let you know beforehand, I realise there were some mistakes made when some were reading my "bats" review. Some of you thought I was reviewing bats as in the black things with pointy ears and now I am reviewing vans ? not as in the large vehicles but as in the skateboarding shoes. Anyway, on with the review now I've clarified that point. ~ History ~ As many companies do, Vans was birthed from a dream of one of its founders, Paul Van Doren.He had learned how to make trainers in a factory on the East Coast and had seen all the shoes he was making being sold to retail stores which then resold them to the public. His dream seemed fairly simple -- to manufacture shoes and sell them directly to the public rather than going through a middleman retailer. Paul decided to move west to Southern California along with his partners, Jim Van Doren, Gordy Lee and Serge D'Elia, and began making his dream come true. All of them had experience in the shoe manufacturing business although none of them knew anything about retailing. After a full year of building the Vans factory, the first official day of business was March 15, 1966, when the first Vans shoe store opened at 704 East Broadway in Anaheim, California. They offered three styles on that first day, priced $2.49, $4.49, and $4.99 but had only made display shoes. The racks on the wall were stacked with empty boxes to help make it look like a shoe store, but they hadn't been able to make any stock to fill a 400-square- foot store. Twelve customers came into the Vans store that morning and picked out the style and colour of shoes they wanted. However, since they didn't have any shoes in stock, Paul and Gordy asked the customers to come back in the afternoon to pick up their shoes. They then rushed back into the factory and made up the selected shoes.
              When the customers returned in the afternoon to pick up their shoes, they needed change for their purchases. Paul and Gordy hadn't thought of this (remember, they didn't have any retail experience) and didn't have any change available. So, they just gave them the shoes and asked them to come back the next day to pay for them. All 12 customers showed up the following day to pay for their shoes. Unfortunately, not everyone is as honest as those first 12 customers. One day in the first few years of the company, an office manager was taking the week's receipts to the bank and was held up at gunpoint, losing $16,000. The early years included many struggles with everyone working seven days each week making shoes and selling them through the stores and at swap meets. Paul would open a new store almost every week during the first year. He would search for a new store location on Monday; sign the lease on Tuesday, paint and remodel on Wednesday and put shoe racks in on Thursday. He would then put shoes and displays in on Friday, hire a store manager on Saturday, train on Sunday and start the process all over again on Monday. Although Vans shoes are now sold through national and international retailers, the 105 company-owned Vans stores sell more Vans shoes than any other retailer. They also serve as a testing market for new Vans products and enable the company to get very close to the customer. Naturally, Vans has found that not every style or design is successful. The first Vans shoes had a diamond pattern in the sole across the entire bottom of the shoe, but they soon discovered that it would crack along the ball of the outsole. Vertical lines were then added to the ball area to make it stronger, a design that is now called a proprietary waffle sole. This change occurred because customers came into the stores, reported the problem and Vans reacted immediately. In 1976, skateboarders began wearing Vans shoes and
              asked to have different colours combined on them. Again, Vans reacted to their customers' wants and on March 19, 1976, came out with the first Era--in red and blue. This shoe was designed by two professional skaters, Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta. Over the next few years, many different colour combinations were introduced into the Vans line. The Slip On was added in 1979 in a multitude of colour combinations and quickly became the craze of Southern California. That craze spread across the nation when Jeff Spicoli, a California surfer in the hit movie "Fast Times at Ridgemont High", wore a pair of Vans checkerboard slip ons. Actually, he not only wore them, he also carried them into class and even hit his head with them while talking to a friend on the telephone. Vans had become a successful and profitable company by the early 1980's and Paul Van Doren decided to step back and take a lighter role. The administration that then took over started increasing the Vans line into new territory, making shoes for baseball, football, umpiring, soccer, basketball, wrestling, boxing and even skydiving. All of these new designs required a different type of manufacturing process that the other shoe companies were using in Asia. But Vans tried to do it in the United States where labour was much more expensive. They offered each style in 12 widths from EEEEE to AAAAA, costing a fortune to make. The standard Vans line was selling great, but all profits were being spent on this new athletic line. In order to compete with other shoe companies, Vans had to sell the new styles for less than what it cost to make them. Naturally, this had an unfortunate effect on the company. The bank that was financing Vans called its note, but they did not have the money to pay. They filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, asking for some time to reorganize the company and to develop a plan that would lead Vans back into profitability. The bank approved the plan and re
              quired Paul to come back as the chief administrator. The plan required three years to implement and promised to pay all the creditors the full amount owed--a $12 million debt. Paul told the employees that he couldn't promise raises for the next three years. They all pitched in and cut back on everything except quality of materials for the product. In December of 1986, Vans came out of Chapter 11 and once again became a stable and profitable company. On February 16, 1988, the original owners sold Vans to McCown DeLeeuw Co., an investment-banking firm. With the new owner's financial backing, Vans expanded and gained recognition across the nation and around the world. They later made initial public offering of Vans stock, and the stock is now trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Changes continue to take place at Vans as it adapts to the demands of the market. Although Vans traditionally has manufactured shoes in California, it expanded manufacturing overseas in 1994 in order to produce specialized footwear incapable of being made in the United States. The Vans footwear collection now features over 60 styles ranging from classic deck shoes and slip-ons to high performance skateboard shoes, snowboard boots and sandals. They are distributed through over 190 company-owned retail stores and outlets as well as through a nationwide network of independent shoe, sporting goods and apparel stores. ~ Why I Chose Them ~ I?m not really much of a skateboarder - I mean I like to have a go, but I'm not that good, I am however good at scooting. You may remember the scooting craze a few years ago - it was while watching a few kids that I decided to get one just for the fun of it. It turned out I was quite good. However it was while I was shopping at Cheshire Oaks (A massive Retail Park) that I was led to Vans. I was passing a Vans shop, I saw it, it looked cool, I went in, and I was happy. I realised that these shoes wo
              uld be very useful while I was in my scooting phase; I knew they were for skating but scooters are basically just skateboards but with handles and so I got a pair. I've bought two pairs now; my first pair lasted over 3 years and was still looking good when I got a new pair. I've only had my new pair for about 2 months and I've found I've taken a liking to Vans very much. ~ Design ~ Vans look stylish, cool and appear good in just about anything except tight jeans or shorts. They have thick rubber soles with extremely good grip (just the sort of thing you need if you're pulling off ollies). And very thick padding so they are nice and comfy, they slip on easily and you'll find they look best when the laces are tucked under the tongue as big bows looped over the shoes look very, very goofy. The tongue is of a nice, big fat shape that fits comfortably over the top of your foot and the laces are also thick and easy to tie up. The heels are especially padded, as Vans are worn without socks as much as they are with, and so it rules out the possibility of blisters. The design itself is nice and simple. Most Vans merge two colours together and they normally contrast well. With all the padding, your feet would normally be very sweaty but with Vans shoes you'll find that the air holes provide very good ventilation. The fabric is of superb quality and so are the shoes themselves. The edges stop quite low down, thus probably the only problem with Vans is that they will fall off when running - I would not recommend for running sports. ~ Price and Where to buy ~ For street shoes these are reasonably cheap and for quality-extremely cheap. Prices range from about £20 to £100. Choice in the UK is quite low - I've found Cheshire Oaks (near Manchester Airport) has the best choice and you can pick up quality shoes for bargains. However buying them from an American store on the Internet can prove a good way to go. There
              is much more choice but you don't really get to see if the shoes suit you. If you're on holiday in America that would be the best place to buy some. ~ Verdict ~ Vans are a great brand. The sizes range from minute babies to enormous giants. They look good, feel good and are of excellent quality. The price can be very cheap to very expensive but they are expensive for a reason. They're a bit too popular for my liking but otherwise they're best shoes I have ever purchased. If you buy some of these though I wouldn't throw away you're ordinary trainers as these aren't very good for running in. Have a look!

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                Excuse the title. I have had too much caffeine today. When my style changed and became a bit more...baggy, shall we say, I needed a pair of skate shoes that would look good and not break the bank. I opted for a pair of Vans "Prone" in tan and blue priced £54.99 from HSC+ I personally do not skate, and my half hearted attempts at doing so have kept everyone entertained. I did, however, wear these shoes every day for several hours from the 25th of December 2000 to the beginning of August this year so I think I may be qualified to comment on durability! The shoe has a low back and very well padded tongue. The sides of the shoe are also quite low. This would give a skater room to flex at the ankles but doesn't reall offer much support if you just happen to be walking around. I went over on my ankle a couple of times, but that may have been the drink. This could be a foot deformity of mine, but the tongue on the right shoe always seemed to slip off to the side. It took several months for the laces to become frayed and a little bit longer for me to wear through the padding at the back of the shoe, exposing the plastic within but by this time I was ready for a new pair anyway. The colour has withstood a lot, the good thing about dark colours being that they don't show up the dirt as much. I tend to drag my feet and all through my life the heel of my shoes has worn away more on the outside, leaving a kind of slope. While this inevitably happened to my Vans, the sole was very durable and my abnormal walking patterns were not immediately visible. These Vans do not have an Ollie guard so if you do plan to use them for skateboarding, they will wear out quicker on the outside of the foot. As a street shoe they are unbeatable for quality and value. The only real downside was that everyone has a pair, either the same as mine or in different colours but the same style. I don't think I could ever
                throw these away, if nothing else they can be my festival going shoes. I'm never loyal to a particular brand and have since bought a pair of DC Dash which I will no doubt review once I've knackered them in. --------------------------------------------- Just to add: HSC+ is a skate shop. There is a branch in Middlesex, with its own skatepark, and one on Goose Gate in Nottingham. They have the best selection of skate products I have ever seen by mail order and they are also branching out into snowboarding and BMX. When I locate the phone number again, I'll post it.

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                  Although I'm not a skater, instead I'm a rollerblader, I do dress like a skater and I certainly know what I like. Vans have been without doubt the most popular skater shoes for the past ten to fifteen years. This popularity is well founded as Vans continually produce stylish, comfortable shoes. They have also managed to keep these great shoes practical which many of you will know is an essential quality for shoes you're going to skate in. I own a pair of Kings and a pair of Knu Skools. For those of you have never bought Vans before I'd better explain what that I've just said. Each pair of Vans has their own personal name which makes it easy for you to tell your friends which types of Vans you have. I've been wearing Vans for four years now and while I have tried other types of skater shoes like DCs, Airwalks and emericas none of them have been quite as good as any of the Vans I've had. The materials Vans use mostly in their shoes are Suede, Mesh and certain types of Vans have some plastic. Vans don't only make skater shoes they also make climing boots and other types of shoes. Vans also make a great line of T-shirts, bags and other accessories. Although Vans are expensive in Britain. There are a few places in England I know of where, if you're willing to make the journey, you can get them at a far smaller price. One place is the Cheshire Oaks outlet village which is near Chester and the other is Bicester village another outlet village, which isn't even a real village, which is on the M40 at junction 9, I think (you might want to check that one out first if you're going to go there). Both of these places also have other great shops which sell things at a fraction of the High Street price. The Cheshire oaks is especially big with many great shops and a particularly large Nike and Gap store . If you want to check out some Vans products you can go to their website, the addre
                  ss is WWW.Vans.com. I thouroughly advise you to buy a pair of Vans as they also last a long time and take a long time to wear out.

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                    I bought a pair of vans last year for the summer and was a happy bunny. I got a pair of Vans "Drape" for £50 and was very pleased with them. They look great with shorts and don't make your feet heat up too much. The sole of these shoes is pretty cool with a huge Vans logo and good grip and I like the sensible colours. The Vans I got have a huge fat tongue and a low back and although this makes them really comfy they're not exactlt great for athletic activity. They are fine for skateboarding but unless you lace them up tightly (which makes them look stupid) the tend to fall off when really running. Another problem is that you need a big baggy pair of pants to make them look good, they look full on stupid with a skinny pair of jeans or trackies. I find these shoes really comfy and great for lounging around in but it would be great if they were a bit more practical.

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                    Vans shoes really appeal to me as shoes that are comfortable, sturdy, have great grip and are good to look at. I own 2 pairs of Vans shoes, which i use when mountain biking, simply because of how stursy they are and how well they grip the pedals. They look really cool, and are widely reccomended by my friends, and anyone who has had a pair previously. Having said that, they can be pricey here in the UK, but retail outlets like "Soled Out" and various mail order places (advertised in BMX and Skate magazines) can offer a good price. The alternatives are Etnies, Airwalk, and No Fear which are sometimes cheaper, and can offer different advantages. Good if you're prepaired to pay.

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                      Why are Vans so expensive in the UK . I'd seen a gorgeous pair of ladies Vans ( chaos is what they were called just incase you were wondering !!!! ) in a boarders shop in Cheltenham . I was off to France on a skiing holiday so I thought I better not buy them as otherwise i'd have no spending money for my hols . That was the best move I ever made , i came off from the slopes mid-afternoon as the snow was getting getting slushy . I decided to do a spot of shopping in the Ski resort which was unfortunately very expensive . I wandered into a snowboarding shop to look at the clothes they had when I spotted the shoes . WOW I couldn't believe it the same Vans for the equivalent 30 pounds - bargin , and the choice was some much better especially for ladies Vans !!! That was a year and a half ago and they still look good , even though they've been in the washing machine a few times after muddy biking expeditions. Why are they so expensive in the UK and why is there such a limited choice , come on UK retailers sort it out !!!!

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