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I have to wear black shoes for work, but also need something that is comfortable, easy to take on and off... and also reasonably priced. With most shoes I looked at being very expensive, I decided to order a pair of Vans Slip Ons. I purchased my pair from Amazon for £28, although prices vary from other retailers. The shoes are flat, with a rubber 'waffle' sole, a canvas-like outer material and textile inner material. I tend to vary between shoe sizes (4-5) depending on style and opted for a half size (4.5) as these shoes have no way of tightening or fastening around your foot any more than their design, and this size fitted me perfectly. The shoes came in a very snazzy box, with a free Vans 'Off the wall' sticker. They had tissue paper inserted into the shoe and around them in the box (cardboard, so recyclable). The shoes are very comfortable to wear. I was concerned that after being on my feet in them for a while I would start to find them uncomfortable or not as supportive as a more expensive shoe, but that hasn't been the case at all. I wear these shoes for 5/6 hours most days, if not more, and have never had any problems with the comfort or fit. The canvas material on outside of the shoes isn't the most hardwearing. If it gets wet then so will your feet! It will also mark/stain quite easily, this wasn't a problem too much for me as I had a black pair, but a lighter colour would need more attention to keep them looking clean and tidy. The rubber soles however are much easier to keep clean, I even managed to get dried paint off mine with just a quick wipe. One issue I do have with the shoes is that the soles don't provide as much grip as some other shoes may. They have a waffle type pattern on the bottom, which doesn't have any smaller tred to grip with, so whilst they are fine or walking around doing day to day tasks I wouldn't feel safe 100% walking in them in icy or slippery weather conditions. I also found that they were very easy to slide on things when I wore them to walk the dog, I had to watch my footing going down small slopes to ensure I had a good enough grip. They are however very comfortable for driving, and do not slip on the pedals or whilst out walking in normal weather conditions. Between the rubber sole and the canvas material is a rubber 'tape' like section which connects the two. Whilst this looks very neat, over time I have found it can start to split or come away from the shoes in areas that flex with your foot - for example at the bottom of you toes, as it bents with each step. This can make them less water tight if you plan on walking through any puddles, but it's not something I have had any huge problems with - it just makes them look a little worn and tatty after time. Previous pairs have lasted me around 2 year before becoming a little too worn to carry on using. Overall, these are a study and reliable pair of shoes. I wouldn't wear them for heavy-duty walking or activities, but for day to day tasks they are comfortable and very good value for money, not to mention they seem to go with everything. I would definitely recommend them, but do check the sizing guides as some retailers use American sizes when selling them!
I managed to snap up a pair of these classic slip ons from M and M Direct a few years back for just £10! This was a great price compared to the RRP of around £30-£40 depending on the retailer. I thought I'd purchase these shoes because there are no laces which means less hassle for me if I'm in a rush or just feeling plain lazy. My Slip ons are just like the ones in the Dooyoo example picture, plain black with a white sole. The design of the shoes is as simple as it gets when in visual terms, but for me this is a plus as I like to have shoes that will go with everything and make my life a whole lot easier. The shoes are also designed with comfort in mind, the back of the shoes have a very thick padding to prevent rubbing on your heels, this was what I like about the shoes most. The simple padded feature meant that these shoes were like heaven to wear from the first day I bought them to the present day now, I've not had one blister! There's an elastic feature at the top of the shoes to make it easier for you to slip your foot in and out of the shoes without causing your feet any pain or discomfort as the elastic makes the fabric move around your feet. The soles are pretty hard wearing, as I've said I've had these shoes for a few years now and there is only average wear on the soles, still plenty of life left in them. One of the negatives of the shoe design is that they're made of canvas. Perfect for summer to let your feet breathe but when its raining and snowing in the winter, soggy and cold feet is the last thing you want and is exactly what you get with these shoes. Overall I'm very impressed with how long these shoes have lasted and how comfortable they are to wear. I would definitely buy them again, and this time I may actually pay the full price if I have to!
I have quite delicate skin on my hands and something I hate is having to put shoes on, by tying the laces, and when I slide my foot in the shoe helping myself with my fingers, I always end up with really dry and irritated skin. For this reason and the cool vans design I figured these shoes were perfect for me. I know they are made mostly for skaters because of the sole, but I just wanted the easy to put on functionality and when I tried them on in the shop, I confirmed even more that they were the ones. They are incredibly comfortable, nothing like those canvas shoes with really thin soles that sometimes make you think you are walking bare foot. Instaed, the Vans have a thick and sturdy sole (almost indestructible, by the way) that make you feel like you are walking on clouds. The design is quite classic and no flashy at all, I love the Vans symbol on the back. I wear them a lot with jeans for casual occasions like going to uni or to do the shopping. They fit really well and your steps will feel steady and not wobbly at all. Ever since I bought these shoes I just cannot be bothered to wear ones with laces, it takes so long and if you want to go out quickly to the shop, you will be ready to go in a blink of an eye. I have had them for 4 years already and even if they do not look as good as new anymore, they are still useful. Something that really surprises me is that the sole is not that wasted, even if I sometimes walk dragging my feet a bit.
I purchased my first pair of these a good few years ago, after mistaking them for the 'Era' style vans, and after buying them consistently - or when I find them for a good sale price, I feel well placed to give a premium review! Oh and these can tend to be found for a cheaper price than the 'Era'. The fact that these trainers are slip on ensures they are always a comfortable (read: not too tight or loose) wear, especially in the face of the 'Era' style of vans - because it means you don't have to constantly re-tie your laces whenever they become loose. The elastic always provides the perfect fit, and it has kept consistency very well, providing the same snug fit as ever! Furthermore, this a benefit for those who wish for a slip on pair of trainers, like myself who always slips on his trainer regardless of whether they have laces. The thick, generous, rubber sole is great, and whilst being just that, it provides a surprisingly comfortable feel! Personally, I first used these to begin skateboarding, and it was a real help, especially as it provided a great deal of grip - which is essential when getting to grips with skating. It also means that if you walk somewhat normally, without dragging your feet, you will end up getting a lot of wear from these trainers. The canvas is a good addition, it firstly ensures the trainer is light-weight and secondly it ensures that the trainer is very easy to clean. I have even put these through the washing machine and they have came out okay, but at a very low heat to ensure that the rubber strip - connecting the sole and the canvas - doesn't crack. I'd suggest looking for a pair with the cushioning around the ankle, this means it's far more comfortable, without much leeway in terms of weight. The only two slight problems, or downfalls, with these trainers are sole - in regards to the way it wears away, especially on the heel - and the canvas seems to tear easily. Firstly, the sole across the whole range of Vans, with this style thick sole - regardless of whether low or high, seems to easily get worn away towards the heel. This essentially means that you end up with a heel which is at a slant, rather than flat. Secondly, when learning to skate I happened to rip the canvas in a couple of places, however, this has not happened since I'm not half-decent. Overall, a great pair or trainers, perhaps especially for those attempting to differentiate themselves from those wearing the 'Era' style. They last a while, a good year, and tend to look after themselves.
I don't think the Dooyoo picture does this product any favours at all. I would strongly recommend if you are thinking of buying this product to find a picture through a search engine as there is a lot of detail on these slip-ons that isn't clearly visible on the Dooyoo image. As we are coming closer to my quarter century I decided to invest in some very basic and simple slip-on shoes. Using www.Asos.com I found a pair of Vans Classic Slip-ons for just £38, so I thought I had to slap them up. The reasonable price isn't the only reason why I bought them but it certainly helped me make my decision. The classic design of the Vans slip-ons is clear to see, with plenty of stitched detailing around the 'tongue' and the rim and backs of the shoes. My Classics are in a baby blue colour as I knew they would stand out more than black. The detailing and quality continues inside the shoes also, with soft leather trim around the collar of the slip-ons where you would usually find your feet rubbing against. The comfort of the shoes surpassed all my expectations as I expected them to be quite cheerful due to their simple design. The inner-sole of the slip-ons offer heavenly comfort with their simple construction. The secret I think of comfortable soles is due to these shoes having a soft rubber base underneath. The black rubber sole of the shoes mean that the wearer really feels the ground beneath them - but in great comfort. The nature of slip-ons also lets you just slip them on and lounge around in them. I have owned some Vans products before, but not a great deal in order to form a true opinion of them. Now I can safely say that I am impressed with the quality of Vans products and will definitely be looking out for their ranges in the future. The Vans Classics have a simple yet quality look to them and at £38 they are a must for your jollies!
I never really liked these Shoes in the beginning but suppose they grew on me, the more I saw them in the shop. I first thought these were quite boring but now I think they are more classical. I had had Vans shoes before and I always liked the feel of them since they are comfortable to walk in. 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 more casual than boring. No matter what you wear they are nice and comfortable. Always very important to me! The sole of the shoe is made of thick rubber which give good support to your feet while walking. What I like is the big white sides, which makes them stand out more. Unfortunately the white gets dirty very quickly so it's a bit hard to keep them clean. 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. Really comfortable classic but more casual looking shoes which go along with almost everything. I think they are a great pair of shoes and especially for the price. I paid around 25 pounds for these and I think after more than half a year now, they are still great to wear.
Although I used to think, and I think that probably most people do think this as well, that Vans shoes were more suited towards guys than girls, I did actually used to have a pair. This was a couple of years ago when I went through a phase of wearing them all the time. I didn't actually go out and buy myself a pair, I don't think that would have ever happened because the shoe didn't really fit in with what my style was like and nowadays I don't think I would ever wear these again either to be honest, only around the house for lazing around in. No, instead I was actually given a pair. Not as a present for Christmas or my birthday or anything, but instead they were handed down to me by a friend of a friend who had bought some but they were too small. The reason they had given them to me of all people was because we often swap things that we don't want or need, as a sort of recycling thing we have going on. At first when I got them I wasn't really too sure about wearing them. But after I'd tried them on and walked around in them a few times I was quite surprised to find myself really liking them. They were a perfect fit and soooo comfortable. I had a pair of Converse which some people might consider quite to be quite similar to these - well these are definitely my favourite out of the pair of them for comfort, among other things. I began wearing them as slippers around the house, but when I saw that they didn't look too bad under my jeans I wore them out and about out doors as well. Although they aren't very good for muddy lanes which I have a lot of round where I live, and they won't keep your feet dry if you walk through wet grass or are out in the rain, they are a great shoe for the dryer times of the year when you just want a comfy shoe to laze around in. Actually I think that is a really suitable way to describe these; as a lazy shoe. As far as style goes these aren't the best looking footwear you can buy. They do look quite boyish and aren't really girly and won't make your feet look attractive. You definitely couldn't get away with wearing these out to a job interview, or in a posh restaurant which again proves that they are just a lazy shoe. You can get all sorts of different colours and designs printed onto your shoe. You can get all over plain white, all over plain black, grey, black and white checkered, pink and black checkered etc. I have even seen a pair with skulls on them before now. So there is a lot of choice and variety when it comes to choosing the style you want. The shoes lasted me about a year but I ended up having to throw them away after I accidentally left them outside once, and on that night unfortunately it happended to snow. Apart from this I think I would have ended up still having them now. When I saw the prices of how much they cost new I was put off buying another pair. Basically I wrote this review after I reviewed Classic Converse shoes the other day, because I know a lot of people consider the two shoes as rival shoes and I have owned both before. I wanted to get my opinion across which is that these ones are the best shoe out of the both of them. Anyway back to the prices, I was shocked because they really are so expensive. I have seen them priced around £40 which is just ridiculous. For this much they can not be justified but if you do find some cheaper then for comfort I would recommend them.
I have a pair of Vans Classics and I like them a lot. They are similar to my Converse shoes but in a slip on version. I have had my pair of these for a year and I bought them from the Vans shop. I was lucky to get them reduced in the sale. When I was picking out my Vans Classics I decided to get the simple black ones as I thought they would go with more things than some of the coloured ones might. My Vans came in a strong and well made box with the Vans branding on it. I think the packing was good and also protected the shoes well as it was well put together. The shoes were in perfect condition when I got them. I think these Vans Classics would be good as a gift if you wanted to buy some as a treat maybe. They look very retro and are in that classic skater style that can look great with slim fitting jeans. When I wear mine like that I really think they look great. The special rubber soles of my Vans are a good thickness and they are textured which makes them good when I wear them. I don't feel like I will be likely to slip or slide when I wear them and I put that down to the thick soles. The sides of my Vans Classics have a kind of rubber bumper on them and this gives the edges of my shoes plenty of protection. It also protects my feet when I wear the shoes and the toe cap which is also rubber stops me from knocking my feet against things. The material used to make up my Vans Classics is a plain canvas. I have worn the shoes in all weathers and have gotten wet feet when wearing them in the rain sometimes. I would say that these are best worn in clear weather as although the soles keep dry in the rain the uppers can get soaked through. I like the padding in the insoles of my Vans Classics as they make them more comfortable when I wear them for longer. I have had no problems with the shoes at all and I think they are a good shoe for causal wear. I paid £24.99 for my shoes which was a sale price. I think that compares well with the other leading brand rival for canvas casual shoes Converse. You can pay a lot more than I did for mine, but I think checking out prices before you buy would be a way to save money. I really like my Vans Classics and find them comfortable to wear. They are easy to clean and get a wipe over when they need it. I would recommend them as I think they have a good retro look that is timeless.
Canvas, slip on Deck shoes have long been a popular choice of footwear and I remember when they became popular back in the mid-eighties thanks to being featured in a number of American films of the time. Like Rayban sunglasses, Vans slip ons became a must have item for anyone to be seen in and I well and truly jumped on the bandwagon, although I couldn't afford the real thing at the time there were plenty of copies available from high street stores and for a while they were my preferred choice of footwear. Many years later and after noticing a pair of Vans on a work colleague I decided that I would buy myself a proper, branded pair and ordered the eye-catching black and white checker board design. They proved to be a fantastic buy for me and for a number of months they barely left my feet however due to the colour they soon became dirty and so I decided to be more sensible second time around and order a pair in one block colour, black. The Vans brand themselves have always been associated with 'street' wear, particularly for skateboarders due to the design and grip of their soles and nowadays come in a variety of different colours and designs some of which are very bright and distinctive. I chose a pair which were understated in comparison to some of the more 'out-there' colours as I wanted something for everyday wear which I could put on with a pair of jeans and T Shirt. The design of the shoe is instantly recognisable as Vans with the chunky, white rubber sole contrasting the canvas material upper. The upper part of the shoe feature two stretch elastic vents which allow a little give when the shoes are slipped on and off and the toe is rounded and finished off with contrasting piping. The sole itself is rubber and features an elaborate series of criss-crosses to help maximise grip and all in all they are quite weighty as far as a pair of shoes go. The "Off the Wall" logo emblem is located on the heel of the shoe and both pairs of mine appear to be well made, sturdy and well finished off. Benefiting from a thick sole means that your feet are well cushioned in a pair of Vans and mine are incredibly comfortable to walk in, they are quite narrow though so do bear in mind that you may need to go up a half size. I am usually a shoe size 10 and I bought my first pair of Vans in my regular size and noticed that for the first few times of wearing that they pinched my feet at the sides, in my black pair I ordered a 10.5 and although that meant I had extra toe room the higher size also gave me a little more room at the sides of the shoe. If you have wide feet then I wouldn't suggest ordering a pair until you have tried them on as you may find them to be uncomfortable and rather 'pinchy' so do bear this mind. Once on though you can expect these shoes to last, they are robust and really well made and once they have lost their 'new' feel they are easy to take on and off. The soles on the shoe have a reassuring grip and although the upper part of the shoe makes these unsuitable for wearing out in the rain (your feet will get damp!) you can wear them all year round. Vans Slip on's are suitable for all ages and are unisex so anyone can wear them, there are plenty of designs and colours to choose from so selecting a pair would come down to personal choice. My black pair goes with jeans and shorts and I tend to wear them in the Spring and Autumn months rather than the summer months as they can be quite heavy and I prefer a lighter shoe when the weather becomes warmer. They are easy to maintain especially the sole which is wipe-clean although if you go for a lighter colour upper the canvas material itself can become grubby over time. The only downside with Vans is their price; mine cost £35.00 which *is* expensive for what is essentially a pair of rubber and canvas shoes. They are comfortable though and I do like the design but it is worth keeping an eye on the sales for these as they do feature quite often on various websites with money-off offers on them. Overall then I can't award a perfect score for Vans Classic Slip On's, their price will put a lot of people off and you do have to be careful that you select the right size as they can be on the small side. 4/5 stars seems fair though, I love mine and I find them to be incredibly comfortable and that's all I can ask for in a pair of shoes. Definitely recommended but keep your eyes open for the sales as you can get these at a much lower price so shop around would be my advice. Thanks for reading my review.