Product Type: Vans Hunter Original
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Member Name: lionel123
Advantages: Protective and easily accessable
Disadvantages: Can be worn easily & dont like being washed.
Well, just like the brand Toms, Vans came from nowhere in the shoe market to the point of establishing themselves as some of the most well known, frequently worn and best referred to pieces of footwear. Just like the Toms brand I was also apprehensive about the product before I purchased my first pair. Apprehensive in the sense that the actual style of shoe was bold, the colours bold and combination of clothing that would be required to suit them, was perhaps not something i'd been used to.
The shoes themselves, are pump like trainers with a thick 2cm soul that provides great protection to the bottom of the foot as well as a sense of comfort. The top of the shoe is infact a canvas material with block stitching in certain patterns around the top of the shoe as seen in the picture above. The material is flexible and so comfortable, but also protective against water and snow as well as providing breathing space in a more hot climate.
Originally Vans only retailed in certain stores amongst the market, however as the ever-growing celebrity community took notice, the younger generation and in particular the teenage and young adult generation took notice, the brand spread like an infection. From being available in only specific stores at a reasonably high price, to almost impossible to miss in the space of a year. Certain types of Vans have been associated with Skating/Gothic kind of looks. However generally speaking most people I know where there Vans on nights out round the city now.
When my Grey vans arrived I was pleasantly surprised as I placed my foot inside the shoe to find that the rigid looking nature of the shoe was actually much easier on the foot than expected. Almost 8 months later, I now have 6 pairs, including, black, white, red, purple and orange. My daughter has 3 pairs and my soon to be wife has 2. I'd most certainly recognise these as one of the most comfortable and flexible shoes on the market.
Vans can be found at virtually every big shopping centre in the country these days and as soon as you google 'Vans' millions and millions of links will come up. I'd recommend Schuh actually as one of the best providers of Vans, not only at a cheap price but in many different sizes, colours and pattern schemes. However, you will find the shoes on the 'vans' site, as well as in different household names such as topman and occasionally Next.
Advantages of the shoes
- They are very, very comfortable
- Are acceptable to doss around the house in and go out on a big night in
- They are a shoe of high reputation
- They are very well protected against Rain, Wind, Snow or Shine
- They retail at a respectable price of £30-£40
- They are occasionally worn quite easily
- I washed a pair once it completely diminshed them as a shoe
- Certain pairs aren't as attractive as others.
Summary: Very good and reliable shoe, protective and worthy of a reasonable retail price.
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