Thought of by many as the original skate shoe; Vans Trainers have been a highly successful brand since their beginnings back in 1966. Originally they were a premium quality and affordable trainer that were comfortable, easy to slip on but featured the now iconic ‘Off The Wall’ waffle sole that would prove to be exactly what skaters needed for better grip and flexibility that wouldn’t fall apart after a few hours of flips, tricks and carving up the streets.
Today Vans is a household name with many sub-brands like Vans Skate, Vans Surf and Vans Snow; the most recent being the Vans OTW collection that merges urban chic with skate performance seamlessly but they also make clothing and accessories ranges too. The most famous Vans Trainers the Vans Authentics Trainers and the Vans 106 Trainers are still in production today but with more colourways and styles available with each new season.
Despite being favoured by skaters Vans shoes are very versatile and are suited to being worn for most occasions like a night out, to a trip to the shops, relaxing with friends and everything inbetween and with numerous different shoe designs you can choose from the options are endless. More recent styles like the Vans Era Trainers and Vans LPE Trainers are nearly as well known as the classic designs and like most Vans trainers have canvas uppers though some do have leather ones if you want more durability, some feature double stitching making them more rugged but every pair has incredibly comfortable insoles and always the waffle sole. Down the years Vans have released styles suited to current and changing trends but the core collections have remained constant throughout, they even have a shoe made specifically for skate performance; the Vans Sk8 Hi Trainer which has added ankle support from a padded collar with triple stitching a die-cut EVA insert for comfort a leather upper and of course the waffle outsole that makes every Vans Trainer.
There’s little question of Vans success despite quite a large amount of competition from specialised skate footwear brands around as if anyone wants a shoe that will keep their feet comfortable after a lot of wear and give the support and grip of a performance shoe; Vans trainers are certainly the choice to make.