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Vans, not unlike Converse All Stars have grown in popularity over the past 5-10 years. Though perhaps not spotted as often as Converse, they are a highly popular brand and chances are you've seen quite a few people wearing them.
The classic checkered design is very stylish, I myself have the black/white pair and also a red/black pair from my awkward teenage years, though even now I wear them from time to time as they are still in pretty good shape, which brings me on to durability. I've had this particular pair for around 5, maybe 7 years now. Aside from being a bit dirty, the soles are still in good shape - not worn in too much and the fabric still colourful.
Comfort wise, despite being slip ons your feet are tightly secured but blisters are not a problem (for me at least) as they are very comfortable.
You can wear them come rain or shine - they're very easily wiped clean.
They look good with most casual trousers, in particular jeans. Black in particular look very good with the original black/white checkered design.
Due to their popularity you can get them in any number of designs/colours. Personally I think nothing beats the basic black/white - stylish but not overpowering and can go with more coloured trousers than perhaps red or green.
They may not be the cheapest shoes out there (prices vary depending on the individual design) but they're not expensive considering they're a well sought after brand, so 40-60 seems reasonable.
Big thumbs up from me.
I recently bought myself a pair of Vans classic checkerboard slip ons as I fancied something a little bit different from my normal Converse All Stars..... But not something too different ha.
I bought my trainers from Schuh in London but these are such a popular brand that they are available from a whole host of places. Most sports shops stock them and there are even Vans shops popping up in places now too!
These retail at £45 per pair which I really don't think is too bad for a pair of trainers. It's about the same as a pair of Converse (sorry to mention them again but these are pretty much the only two types of trainers I wear so of course I am going to compare them to one another!)
I paid the rrp of £45 as I really wanted to treat myself and because I am impatient. I am sure if I waited until Boxing Day these would be in the sale pretty much everywhere but hey, I might just buy myself another pair then.
These checkerboard trainers are iconic and stylish and I love how they look with a pair of black Bootcut jeans. They are canvas uppers which granted are not the most practical in the winter months but hey, you've sometimes got to suffer a little for fashion.
The checkerboard design is striking to say the least. The checkerboard design covers the top of the shoe across the toes and around the back of the heel but there is a plain bit of canvas kind of along the middles of your feet as you look at them from the sides. I can't decide if I like this break in the pattern or if I would prefer the checkerboard print all over.
Just like Converse, these Vans trainers have thick rubber sections all the way around the soles and up the sides about an inch. I guess that must be the popular skater style.
The shoes are slip ons which I was a little bit wary of at first as I thought I would struggle to just pull these on. But I needn't have worried. They were perhaps a little bit hard to pull on the first few times but now they have loosened up a little they are quite easy to pull on and kick off.
I have not had any problems with these rubbing my feet or pinching or causing blisters. These are really comfy and I would put them on a par comfort wise with Converse.
Overall I love these shoes and although they are rather popular, I don't think they're any more common than Converse and I like to wear these for a change from time to time.
I've always had a pair of Vans for their excellent design and extremely comfortable fit. Currently I have 2 High-Tops and and 1 Low-Tops. They're perfect for skating, which I do quite a lot of on my penny board. They're now becoming a lot more popular in the recent years due to Social Media and their website which allows you to build your own Vans shoe. They have many styles, colours and designs.
Vans are a plimsole-like trainer, with durable rubber soles. They are hard wearing and last for a very long time. I've had my shoes for 6 months now and they are still in extremely good condition and have barley got any wear marks at all. I wear them everywhere and they have never got ruined in the slightest.
The price is affordable too, usually £50/$75. It all depends on the material of the shoe and if it's a new design or not, so prices may vary.
Overall Vans are a very trendy shoe and they go well with basically every single outfit!
5/5 DooYoo Stars! :D
I bought a pair of classic slip on vans years and years ago before they were popular in the UK. I bought them from Blue Banana VERY cheaply on sale for £5, which I myself couldn't believe as they usually retail for around £40-£80. There was absolutely nothing wrong with them either, they were in perfect condition, so I grabbed the opportunity and grabbed some Vans.
I was very excited to get wear them so I rushed home and unpacked them. The box itself is smaller than other shoe boxes, its quite thin and is rather like the sort of shoebox you get for flip-flops. I quite like this as I have SO many shoeboxes and they're all quite chunky and annoying to store. The box is white with Vans lettering covering it and the trademark skateboard in red with Vans written on it in white. Its easy to read and also very recognisable. There is the usual tissue paper to protect the shoes and also a small piece of paper detailing the care of the shoes. I was very pleased to see that they were machine washable.
The shoes are SO comfortable to wear. I have a lot of problems with my feet swelling up during summer causing any shoes I have to give me ridiculous amounts of blisters. The first time I wore these, I did get blisters but that happens with any new shoes I get. After that I never got any other blisters and the shoes moulded to my foot shape. They can get a little hot during summer because they are canvas and rubber, but they didn't give me any blisters.
I do get smelly sweaty feet (lovely, I know) and because of the fact the material is canvas, it absorbs all the sweat causing the shoes to smell. However, these shoes are machine washable, and air dry quite quickly or you could just stick them in the tumble dryer without a problem as there's no laces or small parts to get caught in the drum.
One problem I had was that I managed to poke holes in the top of the canvas with my toes, as I have a habit of fidgeting with my toes and this caused the material to wear out, but to be fair this was my own fault, and this took a few years of wear to happen. Eventually the holes got a bit to big and I had to throw the shoes out as I started to look a bit like a homeless with the giant holes near my toes.
I would definitely buy the shoes again, but maybe in a different design or pattern just for a change. They served me well, and were my favorite shoes as they were just SO comfortable, and required no maintenance except sticking them in the washing machine every so often. Great quality.
Its only fair that toddlers get a piece of Vans Classic action and the Slip On is a perfect choice / A black and blue checkerboard upper is complete with elasticated sides and a padded ankle for ease and comfort / A thick vulcanised rubber sole completes.