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Vans are my Favorite shoe brands and I have had many different pairs over the years. These are not my favorite but still one of the best that I have owned. They come in a number of different colours and mine cost £55 but this might of changed now.
They are a high top shoes which has its good and bad points. The good is that they are very comfortable, give ankle support and protect your ankles but the bad points are that your feet boil in the summer and they do not look the best in the summer with shorts in my opinion. They are a definite winter shoe for me.
They were designed to be skateboarding shoes although many people who have never skated wear them. This is a plus for everyone as the people who skateboard get a hard wearing shoe that is not going to break on them and protects your ankles as you skateboard and for people who do not skateboard get a extremaly hard wearing shoe which looks great.
Overall, these shoes are very good. They are comfortable, hard wearing and they look good. I would recommend them to someone as a winter shoe but not as a summer shoe.
Vans Skink Mid
I have the black and white Van Skink Mid Shoes and they are one of the many option you have with these Shoes. These are more the casual looking ones since you also have them with a few colours. I liked the black and white version of it since I'm more a casual looking guy and thought these where perfect for me. They come at a price of 50 pounds which makes them a little bit expensive compared to the converse shoes.
Vans is originally a Skating brand and they started designing shoes for skaters but quickly normal people started to wear them too in their daily lives. They still are inspired by the Skater world but focuses more and more on the general public and bring out trainers. Since they are inspired with the whole skater world, these shoes are made so that they give you full foot and ankle support but at the same time also give you great grip. The outsoles are made of rubber and the material of the upper shoes is suede.
I really like the look of the shoe as it is casual but still sportive. I love the way they feel and from the first time I tried them on I could feel they would be very comfortable. Normally with new shoes I have the problem that they heard my foot, especially leather shoes. They are horrible and really take off the pleasure wearing them. With these shoes I didn't had that problem at all.
I have been wearing these shoes for over half a year now and they still look good. Normally with suede they can look dirty after being in the rain or when they got dirty but since they are black you don't really notice that. They are still comfortable so I am really glad I bought these.
I am a Converse guy myself, but I have had Vans in my time too. I think Vans have been around longer in the UK than Converse, or they certainly had a lot more presence about ten years or so ago. These days, Vans seem to be pricing themselves out of the market, as a pair of skate shoes will be upwards of fifty pounds. If you are fortunate, you can scour online auctions or nab some in sales. I had my skater phase a few years back, but the shoes continue to appeal to me. What is it about blokes and trainers!
Vans appeal to me because they look American, they look hip and they look funky. They are usually chunky with bright colours and bulky laces which make them look even more stylish. What draws me in is the generous tongue on the trainer, as this pokes out in a way that exudes casualness and says a lot about the wearer. The Skink Mids are a prime example of this casual look. The trainers are comfy with padded inner lining and a combination of fabric and rubber around the sole, which means you get the best of both worlds.
The ones I had a few years back lasted me two years before they started to look tatty and then I had to replace them. The toes are the bit to go first, as scuff marks start to appear on the tips, but the soles of the shoe hold up well. There is sufficient gripping on the sole which gives you grip on skateboards or for walking in all weathers.
The other thing I really like about this sneaker is the way they combine a trainer and baseball boot look. You have the slight rise on the ankle, just enough to wear up into a trouser but not enough to make it look militant which I think is spot on. You don't really need to undo the laces either, I used to do mine once then just leave them. They look better worn this way. The shoe is sturdy, hardwearing and looks fashionable with shorts of jeans so they are versatile for all occasions. Converse has the edge price wise, but Vans continue to inspire with some funky colour choices and flashy designs.