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I have had a few pairs of these in the past in a variety of colours. I really enjoyed purchasing different coloured Vans slip on shoes as you could have one colour to match different jeans/tops etc. I had the pink and brown ones, blue and black and also white and black. They are great shoes and were quite popular back in the day, but now I feel rather embarrassed to get my current pair on! I feel they are a bit outdated now and more for kids, however they are still a good quality and comfortable pair of shoes.
These shoes are made of canvas material, so are great for spring/summer time. Saying this, they still feel a little heavier than you may expect. However they are cool to wear on a hot summer's day. Each shoe features a chequered pattern usually with a two or three tone colour scheme. The range of colours enables you to pick a pair suited to the clothes you wear. They are also unisex shoes, so anyone can wear them. There is a Vans logo on the outer side of each shoe, with a logo on the back base too where the rubber sole goes round. They look quite stylish and certainly tend to stand out from the crowd. With their design, they can be worn either with trousers/jeans or shorts.
I have always found these shoes reasonably comfortable. With their canvas material along the dorsal foot, your foot is not squeezed into the shoe - it has a little bit of space to move, but the shoes still keep your foot in place. They do this with a padding on either side of the shoe as well as some extra padding at the heel end to keep your foot locked in.
When I first wore these shoes, I was in excruciating pain due to blisters at my heel. The shoes really needed wearing in manually a bit before wearing them on my feet! The back part of the shoe was quite hard at first and digged into my heel. Once worn in, they grip the foot well and are very comfortable to wear. The sole is of reasonable quality although you do feel some sharper bumps in the road more than when wearing other shoes. They are ideal for walking distances in a city. With the slip on design, they are also very easy to get on and off in an instant, which helps if you are in a rush looking for a pair of shoes! I have chosen to wear these many times in the past simply because of this.
Vans slip on shoes are of reasonable quality - much better than a lot of similar makes you may see. This classic slip on shoe has been copied by many other companies, but Vans are by far the best quality. The canvas material is strong and has never broken on me. The only bit that wears is the heel of the shoe where the Vans logo is on the base, however this could always be due to the way I walk!
If the shoes get dirty, they are very easy to clean. The canvas chequered material over the back of the foot along the top of the shoe is flat and easy to wipe clean. Admittedly it may need a bit of a scrub at times too, but you can do this safely. You can even stick them in the washing machine although I would not recommend it just in case they get damaged.
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You can purchase a pair of these for anywhere between £28 and £45 depending on design, availability and size. They are widely available online - more so than in shops these days. The infant sizes for kids cost less at around £18-25. You can certainly find them less than these prices if you shop around online. My last blue/black pair cost me £26 as far as I can remember. This is not a bad price as they are of decent quality and will last a while.
The Vans chequered slip on shoes are unique and bring a little fashion to your feet. I am not as inclined to wear mine these days as they seem to have died out a bit, but no doubt they will come back into fashion one day like most other things! They are of good quality, comfort and come at a reasonable price.
I have owned several pairs of vans over the years and although I liked them, they were not as good as converse. They have a good non slip rubber sole that give you lots of grip and are slip on so they are easy to get on and off. They are elasticated slightly at the top to give you a little extra comfort and are slightly padded around your ankle. They come in a great range of colours and prints to go with every outfit. They are well made and machine washable so are good value for money. They are in fashion at the minute as a number of celebs have been spotted wearing them.
I had a few issues with vans. First of all the shape means that if you wear trainer socks the top can be seen and it looks silly but ballet pump socks are too low and I found the vans rubbed and were were uncomfortable. I bought socks from the vans shop but still found these went too high! I found that they seemed to rub alot at the back of my foot and I had quite a nasty cut on my ankle because of this.
I also found that they weren't as breathable as converse and the canvas seemed to be slightly thicker and this made them warmer and sweatier (particularly with the sock issue as I often didn't wear socks). Like converse, they aren't waterproof and often found my feet got wet on a rainy day.
When I was younger, I went through that stage of wearing vans, etnies and converses. All my pocket money would go on the new trainers displayed in Treds. Vans were my favourite of the lot and ended up buying 4 different styles.
The first thing you will like about Vans is the comfort. There is no hassle with buttons, laces, Velcro or zips. Just slip them on. This helps those who are like me where if there's a lazy way out, you'll take it. These shoes helped in the morning to speed my way through the door. Certainly not like converses where you spend a good 10 minutes squeezing your feet into them and tying up the laces.
My favourite thing about Vans is the massive range of style that it comes in. Plain and colour, chequered, swirls etc. You can really give your look something unique and as there are so many, it's rare that you will come across someone else in the same ones. That is of course if you are not going for the original.
It's unfortunate that these seem to be going out of fashion. I only see them nowadays on chefs or the like. I would love it if they came back as they really are so comfy!
My pair of Vans slip on's were hand-me-downs that came from my older brother. They were 3 or 4 sizes too big but barely worn and they were too cool for me to let them get thrown away. I have no idea how much they were because of this but I've seen them in the shops for around £20 - £50. I think that you're paying for the label as well as the quality.
Despite being ridiculously too big for me, they were unbelievably comfortable. I've suffered from ingrowing toe nails and the canvas material makes them so much better than other shoes. They're still comfortable after hours of walking in them! I've never had blisters whilst wearing them and they have lasted a really long time.
The only downsides to these awesome shoes are that A, when it rains your feet are going to get very wet, B) it hurts big style if your toes get trodden on and C) not very good for muddy fields.
I love these shoes! I've just had to throw my old ones away which was a hard goodbye but they were looking sad after having to deal with last years Leeds festival! I highly recommend these to anyone tempted to buy a pair, they're fantastic and wont let you down! I'm going out to buy another pair, next pay day! Failing that, with my Amazon voucher! They're well worth the money!
I have owned several pairs of these shoes and I can truly say that they remain one of my favourite styles. Once one pair would get overly dirty or broken, I would go out and choose my next pair. The great things about these checker slip on shoes is that you can buy them in such a vast range of colours. I have personally owned the white/black ones, pink/brown ones, and currently have a blue/black pair which has two tones of blue in it.
The shoes can be bought for £25-30 nowadays, available in a wide range of sizes. They come in an official Vans box (if you are buying genuine ones of course) and are packaged well with plenty of paper to fill them out and cushion them. The basic design of these shoes is a white rubber sole around the base, partitioned off from the canvas material checker pattern by a distinct matching line all the way round the side.
The shoes are reasonably comfortable to wear although I had a terrible experience with my latest pair when I was wearing them in. The heel part especially on one of my feet kept digging into my heel and caused it to blister and bleed. I was determined to wear them in as I knew they'd get better to put plasters on and persevered. They finally did wear in but it took some time and wasn't comfortable at all! It felt like the back was a knife stabbing into my heel every time I took a step.
They aren't the most comfortable shoes on the market anyway but they aren't supposed to be. They are quite flat and don't give you much height when you wear them. Your foot is in close contact to the ground but they still have a good amount of padding and fit snugly around your foot. The shoes look pretty good and tend to go with many different clothes due to the vast range of colours they come in. Some of the colour mixes are quite bright and outlandish, which makes it harder to colour match your outfit but these may match some people's sense of fashion!
I think they are pretty unique and even today you don't see an awful lot of people wearing them but I still feel they are in fashion. They work very well with skinny jeans but can be worn with all other sorts too as well as shorts. You can get them for both men and women and they are available in a wide range of colours and sizes. I'd certainly take a look at them online somewhere like Schuh to see if you fancy a pair! I say that previous pairs have broken before but this was after an extensive time wearing them and this is imminent with almost all shoes. I would say that the quality of these shoes is generally pretty good and they are well built with Vans being quite a reliable make.
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For as long as I remember, if you want to tell the world your a skateboarder, or that you enjoy punk music, you have to wear vans. When I started riding bikes Vans were tough skate shoes able to stand up to anything. Recently I have seen the quality drop as popularity increases, often the case sadly.
I recently spotted these as part of a 2 for 1 in the Vans outlet store. Worth a gamble I thought and I'm so pleaed I did. These classic slip on shoes are so comfortable and seem as well made as any of the old school shoes.
Instantly recognisible as vans, the feature a bold checker pattern with a padded elasticated side and a classic vans sewn tag on the outside.
The sole is a waffle pattern, soft and sticky with good grip but quite thin. You can feel alot through these shoes, i use these just around the house as they're no good for skating or riding bikes.
The only downside of this shoe is that the sole surround is very white, and very sticky, so they do get dirty very quickly. Be prepared to clean them often if you like a shiny shoe!
** Vans Classic Slip-On Checker Shoes **
I fell in love with these the first moment I saw them at TK Maxx. I though they where so cool and I just had to have them. I though they where perfect for just going into town and normal stuff. I don't really see them as shoes to go out in. they are a little bit too casual for that!
I actually liked the way to feel when you try them on. You just slip right into them which is so much better than some other shoes I have. They are very comfortable when you wear them and maybe it's not like walking on feathers but it's close. They are more just of great quality and the shoe feels really soled and firm. Not really surprising since they are made by Vans, an company that has been around for more than 50 years.
It's the kind of shoes that al lot of different kind of people can wear. Mostly men wear them, but also children and women! I think they are just great casual shoes that fit with almost everything. They are made of canvas. The canvas looks nice enough but can become a little bit rough after wearing them a lot and they can be difficult to clean.
Luckily the canvas doesn't look cheap and they are really comfortable. I always hate leather shoes since they like destroy my feet! No those Vans shoes feel comfortable from the beginning and they stay comfortable! They really give good support around the ankle which I can really use sometimes. They are great for when you are going shopping and still want to look good!
I see young and older people wearing them and they look good on almost everybody. I love the funky style of the shoes. I think they just look better than you normal trainers and they look less sporty so more me. They are just great for during the day when you don't want to look all less dressed up but still want to look nice.
It's not just the ladies who like their shoes and I have quite a few pairs in the back of my wardrobe. I have a few dressy shoes and boots but the majority of them have to be the canvas style such as converse and Vans that I practically live in when the weather is hot.
This summer the shoes that I wore the most were my checked Vans shoes because they went with absolutely everything I own and I could wear them during the day with shorts and then at night with jeans for a casual funky look.
There were a bit of a bargain as I found them whilst browsing the racks in TK Maxx for only £12.99. Now I know that Vans usually cost between £30 and £50 as I have a few pairs already so as soon as I seen these ones for that price I snapped them up. They only had one pair and they were a size smaller than I usually take but Vans are usually on the larger side so I knew they would be ok.
They are black with a grey and black checkerboard design which is very funky and stands out but is not too over the top like some of the other colours can be. They are made from canvas and have a thick rubber sole on them that is white with a black stripe so this really contrasts well with the black of the shoe.
They are similar in design to the sandshoes that we used to wear for PE in primary school and you just slip them onto your feet so there is no fussing with laces and can be on and off in 2 seconds.
As I said they are perfect for the summer and the canvas material allows my feet to breathe in the hot weather and not get all hot and sweaty but they are next to useless if the weather is bad. Within a couple of minutes in the rain or snow they will be soaked through and they take absolutely ages to dry once wet. They also seem to shrink when they get wet and this can take them from being comfortable to painful as they actually pinch the skin.
Because the sole is so thick on them they are great for walking around in and they really cushion your feet well. I would put them on in the morning and wear them until I went to bed that night and I didn't have a problem with blisters which is something I suffer from usually in hot weather. I think because the material is so lightweight this really helped with that.
The one thing that I would say you have to be careful is that unless you are eighteen then you need to be careful with what you wear with them. The black ones are a lot more subtle than the red for instance but they still stand out and whilst they are perfect with plain jeans and shorts I am 28 and don't want to look like i am trying to be a teenage skater boi so anything patterned was a big no no. Other than this I think these shoes are perfect for someone looking for a pair of shoes that are comfortable and stylish especially if you manage to get them at a bargain price like I did.
Vans Classic Slip-On Checker shoes
I never even liked these shoes when I saw them in the shop. I first thought they were boring and so not me but a friend of mine thought otherwise. I got these for my birthday and she said they were really me. Well in the end she was right and I was wrong because I do love them now!
Vans is an American company and founded in 1966 but have been selling worldwide for about 30 years now. They actually starting to design shoes for sports like skateboarding, wakeboarding and motocross but made their way into the mainstream since people started to wear them as normal day wear. You can still see the influence of sport in their shoes since their shoes look really sporty!
You see these shoes worn by people from all ages really and I think they look very casual and laid back. I love to wear them with a pair of jeans and a blazer and the shoes make the look fun and sporty instead of boring. No matter what you wear those with they are nice and comfortable. Always very important to me! The fabric they are made from is canvas which makes them a little bit flexible since they move along with your foot. They are feeling secure and not like they are falling off while walking. The inside feels soft and gives enough support.
I have these now for a couple of months and I do always have a problem with the white canvas since it gets dirty very easily and although easy to clean, it never stays the perfect white. Further they still look good and as comfortable as in the beginning. I saw that you can buy these for around 35 pounds which makes me doubt if you can better buy the converse ones because they are more classic. Maybe both? They are both great shoes!
We bought a pair of these Vans black and white check slip on shoes at the knock down price of £15. They are a brand of shoe often favoured by youngsters and used when out skate boarding etc, although I wouldn't say these particular shoes are suited for that at all. Plus you would have a bit more street cred if kitted out in some thing by Element instead. Even so these are a good little shoe and are of a type we would buy again.
The shoes that we have have been worn regularly by one of our children at least 2 to 3 times a week, every week in the last 6 months or so that we have had them. Things that stood out at the time of purchase apart from the price were the well made look and feel of the shoe when compared to cheaper slip on shoes of this type. The pattern was a bonus too as it was perfect to be worn with a favoured black and white check Criminal Damage hoodie. The sizing for these is good as they also come in half sizes.
Prices for these Vans Slip Ons do vary but can be as much as £35 per pair. They do come in a wide number of variants and at the time of purchase we had the choice of the simple design shown here with black ankle cushions, or the same shoe with white ankle cushions and a funky red cherry design in the middle. Both looked equally nice and were the same price.
We were lucky with our purchase as we bought ours in TK Maxx and I would advise that if you want a pair of these then a visit to the store wouldn't go a miss, as they almost always seem to have these or similar checked designed Vans Slip Ons on sale there. When I compare these to the very similar Converse shoes that we and our children also wear and like, these Vans have faired really well.
The shoes have not ripped at all and the material which is a light canvass outer with an inner cotton layer has not scuffed. Considering the complete battering these shoes have taken I feel that proves they are made from durable materials of a very useable quality. I have had to wash these shoes as they did get very muddy and grubby looking because there is so much white material used on them.
I washed them by hand which was a very messy job, but after a scrub with a nail brush in some hot water with soap powder in, they came up very well. I wouldn't say the white bits of the material came up as good as new but the over all look of the shoes since cleaning them is good. The rubber trims on the shoes is easy to keep clean with a baby wipe prior to wear, although our child prefers them looking a bit care worn.
In my opinion the padding in the sole and inner parts of the shoes is very similar to my Converse shoes. The soles are made from vulcanized rubber with a deep waffle pattern to them. This gives them plenty of grip which is something that is a real bonus. In terms of rating these shoes I feel that they have lots to offer and would certainly recommend them.
They are not totally waterproof as the uppers are canvass but even so it doesn't seem to stop them being worn in bad weather. The rubber soles are very well made and offer plenty of grip and the over all look and feel of the materials used in the shoes is good. Having bought quite a number of Vans shoes over the years I feel that says a lot about the quality of the product. As such I would say these are a definite 4 star buy.
Vans vs Converse, tough choice really for a sneaker fan like myself. I have been lucky with my jobs to date, because my work in the recording world has allowed me to wear rather casual footwear. I favour Converse on the whole as Vans can look a little too clownlike for my liking, but I do own some Vans.
You can buy them from all leading shoe stores and also online. Prices will vary between twenty five to fifty pounds, depending on the design and how new and rare the design is. The ones I have are quite similar to the ones in the photo here, except mine are a touch more discreet. The shoe is like a plimsol, only sturdier on the base and comfier too.
The sole of the shoe is rubbery and is ideal for summer months. I find them great to take on holiday as they bend easily and lie flat in suitcases. I find them less useful in winter months though. Last winter with all the snow and ice, these proved to be lethal when walking down paths and slopes, so steer clear in bad weathers! When the sun is out they look great with cropped shorts and a casual t shirt though and really capture the summer look to a tee.
The canvas material does not hold well in rain, if they get damp, it will seep through, another reason not to wear them in wet weather. Where they do excel is in ease of use and comfort levels. They slip on a treat and save time with laces and buckles and they are dead comfy too. It is like wearing slippers!
The only other objection I have is that they can stick out a lot and do looks like clown shoes, so choosing the right design is crucial if you keep you street cred! A fun summer shoe though and enough designs to keep all ages amused.
My sister absolutely loves Vans, whereas I with my poor sensitive feet need a bit more comfort and support! I didn't realise that she'd actually bought men's shoes (that would explain why they are a slightly different shape and a bit long in the toe), but she did and she didn't care. To be honest, these are unisex really - as long as they fit then it doesn't matter as these are black and white checked.
The shoes themselves don't have a particularly thick sole and it's made out of white rubber. She's had them for a good few years now and worn them often, and the sole is still good. The top part of the shoes is made out of a rough, thick canvas/cotton fabric, and the black and white checked pattern shows no sign of wear - another plus point. However, the white checkered bits do get dirty after a few wears (or maybe she's just careless??), and they will start to go a bit yellowy unless you wash them.
As detailed in the name, these are slip on shoes, so they are very easy to take on and off without bothering about laces, fastenings and so on. Because of this I would say that, washing aside, they are quite low maintenance and ideal for teenagers and people who don't really look after their things.
The shoe slides on fairly comfortably, and each side has a small elasticated bit to extend the opening of the shoe whilst you put it on. I do find that these shoes feel heavier than you might expect on your feet (despite the fact that I generally wear trainers and boots), and I think the canvas layer does feel tighter on my feet than I would like.
The other disadvantage of these shoes is that the top layer doesn't provide a whole lot of protection, so if someone stands on your foot then you'll feel it almost as much as wearing no shoes at all! I wouldn't say these shoes are particularly waterproof either - they are more a fashion and style statement than anything else.
The shoes have a 'cotton on EVA' insole, from which I've gathered means it's cotton but not extremely soft! You won't feel like you're walking on air with these shoes, but they will get you from A to B.
Basically, you're paying for the Vans name and appearance here, because there's nothing especially remarkable about these shoes. They are a classic in the Vans range though, so if you know someone that's a fan they would probably be happy to receive a pair of these slip-ons, whatever the design!
Current prices on the internet are £35-£40 (reduced from £50), which isn't too bad if you're expecting to buy them for the style and the brand name above comfort. They will last a few years assuming they aren't worn every day, and they are quite unusual in design.
I've had a pair of these shoes for about 3 years now, and I have gotten way more than my moneys worth out of them.
Perfect for wearing with skinny jeans, the black and white chequered pair can basically go with any colour, and it's almost always a stylish edition to an outfit. They are also very comfortable, and perfect for if you need shoes for around the house as well as outdoors, however, they become less and less comfortable as you walk further and further outside, for obvious reasons.
Another minor issue is the very permeable nature of the canvas tops to these shoes (if you walk through even the tiniest of puddles, your socks and feet are definitely going to know about it).
Another issue is the colouring on the black and (supposedly) white checks, as the white actually appears to be more of a beige colour. Although I'm sure this isnt a problem for most, it sure annoyed me.
Lastly, these shoes are almost impossible to keep clean. The rubber on the outside gets coated in mud/dirt the second you step out of the door, and as the shoes are white, this is obviously a major problem.
I own at least 4 pairs of these amazing shoes.
I've always thought personally they looked really cool and quirky, but when I first started to like them, I was too young (and poor) to be able to afford any.
I got my first pair in a TK Maxx store in Lincoln and was so pleased with them!
They're really comfortable to wear for long periods of time and for walking a lot. I usually take a UK 6, but Vans fit quite big, so I always get a UK 5. They're unisex which is really good and they suit both girls and boys depending on your style.
They're just like a pair of slippers, really easy to get on and off. They have a panel at the front with the design on, and usually a Vans label to the side. The rest of the shoe is then usually plain, until the heel where the design is again. On the back of the heel of the shoe, is the Vans Off the Wall logo. When bought brand new they also come with an Off the Wall sticker too! On the inside of the shoe the size is printed and the main Vans logo on the bottom inside of the shoe. The underside of the shoe is a simple criss-cross pattern with no brand name on.
Cost; I paid just under £20 for my first pair from TK Maxx, but my others were all priced around £35, depending on designs and colours and also on the material.
Design; They come in loads of really great, different designs. They come in various colour combinations in the checkerboard, they also come with images on, graffiti prints - I've even seen some Mondrian style arty ones! And for those who like the style but think that the designs can be a bit 'in your face' - you can also get block colour ones.
Most Vans in this style are slip on, but you can also get lace up ones in the same designs.
Material; The majority of Vans are made from canvas, but there are more expensive ones available in leather, from about £40. They're really comfortable to wear
Durability; Despite the fact they're made from canvas, they're extremely hard wearing, unlike Converse. My first pair which I've had well over 2 years now, if washed, would look brand new still. The soles are barely worn down and there's no damage or look of wear and tear. I wear them nearly every single day, so I think this is really good.
Life Span; All my Vans I own are still in great condition and they all get worn really often. I think these shoes will last for a good few more years before needing to be replaced.
Overall these are really great casual shoes that you can buy to match your mood. I would definitely buy these again and recommend them to anyone who likes to be a bit different from the crowd.
I have had the Vans slip-on shoes for about a year now and have found them to be one of the most comfortable shoes to wear. They are so small and light that you don't really feel them much on your feet. Also the elasticity allows foot bending and moving, and still being nice and tight on your foot. So easy to put on as well.
The Vans are not great sports. As they are very fin, kicking a football feels like kicking a rock. I ruined a pair of these shoes skateboarding, mainly because there is not much to them and they are not very durable or hard wearing. They are not good for cold weather either, they will have your feet freezing in the early winter months.
Bad points about this shoe do seem to out way the good sides about this shoe, but i really can't exaggerate enough how comfy these shoes are. I think they are also still one of the best looking shoes on the market, and I doubt very much that they will ever be unpopular.