No matter what people’s personal styles are, there is no doubt that Vans is one of the go-to footwear brands for modern fashion lovers. Their presence in the current fashion trends is apparent; many would swap their heels or sporty sneakers for a pair of skate sneakers from Vans. It’s safe to say that Vans shoes are becoming a streetwear staple due to its popularity among millennial fashion enthusiasts.
Not only that, Vans shoes are super comfortable and can last for a long time, making them a great investment for your everyday pair of shoes. In general, Vans as a company prioritizes comfort and ethical manufacturing processes, along with giving back to the environment through their many CSR projects. Even if you’re not a sneakerhead or in the skating scene, Vans shoes are the choice for your everyday shoes for its comfort and sustainable approach.
So, thinking of getting your first pair of Vans shoes? Here are some iconic and extremely popular Vans shoes to get you started on your Vans journey.
Vans Old Skool
If you have a keen eye for fashion, you might have noticed that this type of Vans shoes is making a big come back. The Vans Old Skool is a line of Vans classic footwear distinguishable by the white side stripes. The low-top shoes use suede, canvas, as well as the brand’s signature waffle outsole.
The black Vans Old Skool shoes remain a classic but the shoes do come in a variety of colors like Madder Brown, Winter Moss, Navy, Dark Earth, Frost Gray, Autumn Glaze, and Mahogany Rose. Some varieties are available like the Checkerboard Old Skool Platform and Flame Old Skool.
Just think of the Vans Sk8-Hi as the high-top counterpart of the Vans Old Skool. The Vans Sk8-Hi shoes comes with a platform and padding around the ankles but are made with the same canvas and signature waffle outsole as the Vans Old Skool.
Another similarity between the Vans Sk8-Hi and the Vans Old Skool is the iconic white side stripe though many designs customize the stripes by coloring it black, red, or the same color as the canvas of the shoe. The Vans Sk8-Hi is available in many colors like Wheat, Night Shade, Tibetan Red, Light Gray, Burgundy, and more.
Vans Classic Slip-On
Vans is not Vans without its slip-ons. The Vans slip-on gained immense popularity in the mid-2000’s thanks to the emo and scene movement. However, people are still wearing the iconic Vans shoes up to this day due to its ease of wear and comfort.
The Vans slip-ons come in many, many variations. They can be checkered, platformed, 2-toned, 1-toned, triple-toned, or customized but the Vans Checkerboard Slip-On in black and white remain the most popular. They’re made with canvas, elastic side accents, an all-over checker print, the Vans flag label and the original waffle outsole.
If any of the three Vans shoes above are not your cup of tea, you may want to go back to basics with the Vans Authentic collection. The solid-colored sneakers are made with all the basic materials that makes a good pair of Vans shoes: canvas, metal eyelets, and rubber waffle outsoles. The Vans Authentic is available in the colors of Dusky Citron, Madder Brown, Tigers Eye, Autumn Glaze, Scarab, and more.
The Vans Authentic are as plain as they get but that doesn’t mean that they’re boring and basic. There are no white side stripes on the Authentic like it is on the Old Skool and the Sk8-Hi. However, the design and the silhouette is quintessentially Vans that even without the stripes, you’d know that they are a pair of shoes from the renowned footwear brand.
Popular Vans Collaborations
Other than the four Vans shoe collection, the brand has also collaborated with renowned designers and other fashion houses. Some of the most notable shoes from their top collaborations include the Supreme “Public Enemy” Sk8-Hi, Raf Simons x Colette Meets x Comme des Garcons Consumed Slip-On, Supreme “Power, Corruption & Lies”, Vans x Disney, Vans x Murakami, Vans x Marc Jacobs, Vans x Peanuts, Vans x Star Wars, and many more.
Although Vans shoes are the most popular item in the brand’s catalogue, Vans also carry a range of other products from clothing to various accessories from men and women. The clothes include Vans t-shirts, hoodies, denim, and pants while the accessories include beanies, socks, backpacks, sunglasses, wallets, belts, and shoe care products.