Vans Checker Checkerboard Canvas Trainers Shoes Slip On Beige BlackVans
Vans Checker Checkerboard Canvas Trainers Shoes Slip On Beige Black
DESCRIPTION AND FEATURES:
A low profile, slip-on shoe, the Vans Classic Slip-On has elastic side accents and padded collars for extra comfort. It also features the Vans flag label and signature waffle outsoles for firmer grip.
The materials used in the manufacturing of these styles (including adhesives) are free of any animal by-products and therefore are 100% vegan.
The story of the checkerboard begins in 1977 when Vans style #48—the Classic Slip-On— was invented. With its low profile and slick design made it immensely popular. In the late ‘70s, Steve Van Doren, son of Vans founder Paul Van Doren, noticed that teenage skaters were coloring the rubber midsole of their shoe with black pens to create a checkerboard look. Steve further developed this idea, moving the pattern to the canvas upper to create the unmistakeable look.
It wasn’t until 1982 that the Vans checkerboard slip-on really took off. In 1982, Fast Times at Ridgemont High took the world by storm, and Sean Penn’s lovable slacker character, Spiccoli, immortalized the checkerboard slip-on forever. Universal studios had asked Vans to send over some shoe options for the film. Vans had no plans to specifically promote the checkerboard slip-on though the film, but Sean Penn picked the style for his character, and can be seen hitting himself in the head with it in the trailer. Requests for the shoe skyrocketed as soon as audiences saw the preview, and it was later featured prominently on the cover of the movie’s soundtrack.