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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
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Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
BreathableAlthough breathability is subjective, it is safe to say that shoes that are mainly made of mesh or has perfortations are particularly superb in providing optimum ventilation. Breathable shoes are sought after as they help prevent users from developing blisters or having a slipper feet. Sneakers with good ventilation also enable sneaker fans from using their shoes sockless without fear of having a smelly feet. See *breathable sneakers*
Orthotic-friendlyFit is highly personal and a shoe that is Orthotic-friendly raises this feature to a different level. Sneakers with removable insoles allow the user to be more comfortable and also give a more "customized" support based on usage. Across all brands, Orthotic-friendly shoes are found at an affordable price and in stylish designs. See *orthotic-friendly sneakers*
VeganVegan sneakers are generally produced using methods and materials that do not involve experimentation on animals, which make them technically cruelty-free. Ideally, all sections of a vegan sneaker – from its upper down to its sole composition, including the ingredients used in the assembly of the shoe, such as adhesives -- are free of any traces of animal parts and animal by-products. See *vegan sneakers*
WaterproofStyle never goes out even during the rainy season. Sneakers made of waterproof material is quickly becoming a must-have, particularly for people on the go. Waterproof sneakers prevent water from seeping into the shoe and help keep the foot warm and dry.
ReflectiveSneakers with reflective materials are now sought by many. Although shoes of this type are not as important as those used for running, these kind of sneakers are also needed by sneaker fans for safety, particularly while going out at night.
DadAlso dubbed as ugly shoes or turbo trainers, dad sneakers are chunky footwear inspired by the rubber shoes our fathers strutted in the 80s and 90s. These kicks feature massive soles adding few inches to the wearers' heights, with a thick and well-padded upper for ultra-comfortable strides, and often finished with curvy lines, patterns, and striking colors for flashier charm. See *Dad sneakers*
ClassicIn the sneaker world, classic is the name of the game. The older the shoe is, the more it is sought-after by sneaker fans. Classic sneakers are basically the original models with very little or almost no changes since they were released years ago. Fans of classic sneakers can have their fill as the choices are so many and they vary in price, style, and design. See *classic sneakers*
PlatformOversized and thick soles best describe platform sneakers. Specifically, sneakers within this category are outfitted with at least 1” sole. *Puma Thunder Spectra* and *Balenciaga Triple S Trainers* are the widely popular models of this category. The trend started and continues to be a hit among women, but has recently caught the attention of men as well. See *platform sneakers*
RetroThese are sneakers that are initially released in the past, preferably a decade ago, and eventually resurrected due to its popularity. These re-released sneakers are now assembled with modern materials though their constructions lie close to the original model. Some of the most famous lines capitalizing on this trend come from the Jordan series as well as the Air Max, New Balance 990, Adidas EQT lines to name a few. See *retro sneakers*
LeatherLeather is considered by some as an upgrade over canvas. This is the kind of material that gives sneakers more durability, protection, and sophistication. Many of the most popular leather shoes are variations of the original models that were previously made of mesh or canvas. See *leather sneakers*
CanvasThe material that is originally designed for sneakers. Back then, canvas was sought after as it was durable, flexible, and extremely lightweight. Today, sneakers made of canvas are wide-ranging as they are normally affordable with plenty of options where style and versatility go. See *canvas sneakers*
SuedeSuede kicks are covered with a fibrous version of animal leather giving its users shoes with a softer and more luxurious finish. These footwear provide more durability but considered disadvantageous as it attracts water and dirt easily. Suede sneakers are typically worn during Spring and Winter as many found this modish while providing warmth for the chilly days. See *suede sneakers*
MeshThe most common of all materials used in sneakers or shoes of all kinds. Whether it's a performance shoe or a lifestyle shoe, mesh is a most coveted material. It is durable, breathable, and is one of the reasons why a shoe is reasonably-priced.
KnitAt the forefront of technological innovation is knit. It offers breathability, sophistication, durability, and lightness that is not found in other materials. It is arguably the best material found in the upper of a sneaker.
Rubber SoleThe tried and tested outsole material of practically all shoes. It brings a nice mix of cushioning, durability, and impact protection.
Vulc SoleThe skaters' bestfriend is known for its flexible and soft nature for better board feel. Sneakers with vulcanized sole are ideal for skating for just a casual walk around town.
Gum SoleAlso known as crepe soles, gum soles are sought by sneaker fans for their hot or edgy look while bringing in a ton of grip on slippery conditions. It is also more durable than regular rubber soles.
Cup SoleCup soles are basically the regular rubber variety but with more height on the side walls that allow the rubber to "cup" the upper part of the shoe. The design offers better support during movement.
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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
SpingThese are sneakers that are normally durable, versatile, and are usually stylish due to the spring-like vibrant colors. There's a wide variety of options for those who wish to travel in Spring as the choices for breathable and comfortable sneakers are just as easily available. Considering that Spring sneakers are some of the most affordable and versatile on the market, it's no wonder they are a dime dozen for everyone. See *spring sneakers*
SummerThese must-cop kicks for the warm season are typically made of durable, lightweight, and breathable materials that will lessen its wearer's chance of having smelly or sweaty feet. Generally covered with brightly colored hues, these heat-busting footwear will surely suit the intense heat of the sun while keeping the user's overall ensemble on-point for the summer. See *summer sneakers*
WinterStill retaining its street-style look, these winter-ready sneakers will undoubtedly keep its wearers feeling comfortable and toasty even when the temperature is way below the freezing point. These kicks are commonly loaded with innovative fabrics, lining, and right technologies designed to retain heat aiding its wearers to survive the sub-zero temperature. Also, some brands add grippy lugs on its flexible outsole for wearers to endure the slushy, slippery terrains. See *winter sneakers*
BoostAdidas' most popular cushioning technology, BOOST utilizes the TPU(thermoplastic polyurethane) in the midsole that offers superior energy return and impact absorption to wearers. Many of Adidas' classic sneakers are now featuring this sophisticated midsole tech.
PrimeknitAdidas fuses its own technology on ordinary fabric to create a flexible, yet long lasting upper. This material is renowned for enhancing the comfort and and fit of sneakers in Adidas collection.
AdipreneA midsole cushioning tech that provides efficient shock absorption in the forefoot and heel. An enhanced version is also available, called the AdiPRENE+.
JoyrideThe Nike Joyride is a cushioning technology that uses thousands of strategically positioned small TPE beads in the midsole. These beads arrange themselves around the foot for a unique underfoot experience. As the foot strikes the ground, the beads experience multi-directional displacement to absorb the impact while maximizing the energy return.
LunarlonThe Nike Lunarlon is a lightweight cushioning technology that was inspired by the manner on how astronauts bounce on the moon. This tech provides spring-like cushioning to its wearers and distributes impact across the foot. This shock-absorbing technology is used in many of Nike's performance sneakers, such as basketball, tennis, skateboarding, running, and training.
FlyknitThe top of the line upper material of Nike that is made of micro-engineered knit for lightweight, durable, and form-fitting fit. Sneakers with Flyknit uppers are some of the most comfortable shoes around.
ComfyCushOne of Vans' latest tech that is launched to improve the comfort and support of the old classics. Most of Vans' iconic shoes now offer this midsole and outsole tech for an even better sneaker experience.
UltraCushVans' DNA as a skating brand is not lost despite their classics being used as a lifestyle wear than usual skating. For loyal Vans fans, the UltraCush HD for sockliners brings more protection without sacrificing board feel from the brand's top of the line sneakers.
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Slip-onSneakers that can be quickly put on or removed and usually possess an upper with a fused tongue with matching elastic accents to keep the shoe in place. Some shoes with straps, toggle laces, and waterproofed iterations in a bootie construction exclude them almost naturally from being called slip-ons. Most major brands contain at least one slip-on in their catalog while a few like Vans and Keds capitalize on the trend.
Lace-upEasily the most common and popular type of closure in sneakers. The use of laces allow the user a more customized fit and hold. It is for this reason that lace-up shoes are extremely popular and versatile.
StrapSneaker fans who value convenience find these shoes perfect for their needs. For those who are always on the go, sneakers with straps as closure are a must have. Previously coming almost exclusively in white, different brands now offer this kind of shoes in a multitude of colorways for versatility when it comes to style.
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The Vans brand has been in the industry for some decades now and has provided their fair share of classic silhouettes that have made solid reputations in the history of sneakers. Quite some remarkable Vans silhouettes conquer the footwear industry with their appeal and characteristics. Known for its simple, minimalist designs, the classic Vans shoes did not just make history in the skateboarding community, but also have become staples of many other sub-cultures.
These silhouettes deliver excellent performance and timeless style that have been a few of the essential reasons for these classics to remain relevant in the industry. For many years since each of these sneakers first saw the light of day, many variations for each model have surfaced and gained favors from many fans of the brand both old and new.
Colorways are in wide variety in such colors as black, white, red, blue, yellow, orange, green, and many other. Different patterns and design are also available such as the iconic checkerboard as well as camo prints and graphical designs.
Below are the most notable and the most popular Vans classic sneakers and some of their variations:
Most Popular Classic Vans Shoes
Vans Classic Slip-On
Originally known as the “Style #98,” the Vans Slip-On was first launched in the year 1977. The sleek design and the easy slip-on feature of the silhouette made it rapidly acquired popularity. The sneaker most commonly features a canvas upper construction, but throughout time, variations for the shoe surfaced, and iterations were made on the upper material. The silhouette also is not a stranger when it comes to collaborations.
Here are some of the variations of the Vans Classic Slip-On:
The following are some of the collaborative releases of the classic slip-on silhouette:
Vans x Marvel Slip-On, Vans x Peanuts Slip-On
Vans Old Skool
This classic Vans shoe is one of the most-favored silhouettes from the brand with its simple yet versatile design. The Vans Old Skool was first introduced around the year 1977, and was initially called as “Style 36.” It was the first shoe to feature the remarkable leather strip that is stitched on its panels which became the prominent symbol of the brand. As years went on, the Old Skool has witnessed a number of variations and collaborative releases as well.
Other versions of the classic Vans Old Skool sneaker:
Vans Old Skool collaborations:
Disney x Vans Old Skool, Vans x Marvel Old Skool
Featuring a simple low-top profile with a canvas upper construction sitting atop a thick rubber vulcanized sole, the Authentic from Vans delivers versatility with its style. The simplicity of its design is one of the reasons why many love this shoe. It was introduced in the year 1966 and also called the #44 deck shoe.
Some of the Vans Authentic variations:
Collaborations with the classic Vans Authentic shoe:
Vans x Lazy Oaf Authentic, Vans x Peanuts Authentic, Vans x Marvel Authentic
Following the iconic Vans Old Skool, another classic is offered by Vans which displays a high-top profile. The SK8-Hi was launched in the mid-1970’s and it quickly gained high recognition among skateboarders, bikers, and surfers and eventually among sneaker fanatics, artists, musicians, and even designers globally.
This classic Vans sneaker has also encountered iterations, thus, variations were released:
Vans SK8-Mid Pro, Vans SK8-Hi MTE, Vans SK8-Hi Lite, Vans SK8-Hi Slim, Vans Suede SK8-Hi
Here are also some collaborations with the Vans SK8-Hi:
Vans x Peanuts SK8-Hi Reissue, Vans x The North Face SK8-Hi 46 MTE DX
The Vans Era was developed because of the need to have a shoe that would meet the skaters’ requirements. The initial design of the sneaker was introduced in March 1976 in which it features a canvas upper structure, sitting atop a rubber gum outsole. It also displays a double stitching with some additional padding that offers increased comfort.
Here are some variations of the classic Vans Era shoes:
Commonly Asked Questions about the Vans Classic Sneakers:
What to wear the classic Vans shoes?
Trying to find the right outfit to wear that would match with one’s pair of Vans classic sneakers may be crucial to some, even though most of Vans’ shoes are quite versatile. Here are some ideas that may help in figuring out what to wear with Vans shoes:
- Keeping the outfit simple is one way to wear the classic Vans. The simple t-shirt and jeans combo may do.
- Jogger jeans and t-shirt do best with a pair of Vans SK8-Hi.
- Light colored trousers, t-shirt, and a blazer
- Sweaters, hoodies, or any cold-weather get up
- T-shirt and ripped jeans
- Button ups paired with cuffed fitted jeans
- T-shirts and cropped skinny jeans
- For a more formal look, one may wear a pair of jeans with a shirt and coat
- Skinny jeans and leather jackets
- Denim jackets
Are there Vans shoes that are vegan?
Yes, Vans offers vegan sneakers. Here are some of the models that, according to Vans, are vegan:
- Vans Old Skool Vegan
- Vans Authentic Canvas
- Vans Sk8-Hi “True White”
- Vans Slip-On Canvas
- Vans Classic Zapato Del Barco Canvas
How to clean Vans shoes?
There are some effective methods on how to keep one’s pair of Vans kicks stays clean, most especially the white ones that are quite a familiar colorway for Vans. Below are some methodical procedures on how to clean a pair of classic Vans sneakers:
White Strip Bleaching
Pick a cleaning product to use on the white portion of the shoe
Most users like it if the white rubber sole of their classic Vans would always look fresh and clean. There are some products that one may use to acquire the brand new look of their Vans. Here are some:
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Liquid Nail Polish Remover
- Window Cleaner
- Lemon Juice
- Magic Eraser
- Baking soda and water
When using the cleaning products such as bleach, make sure that the area where the cleaning will be done is covered. It is to avoid damaging surfaces like a table, especially when cleaning the shoe inside the house.
Before applying the products to be used in cleaning the rubber sole, make sure that the upper material is covered if it is colored, especially on the part where it meets the rubber. The products mentioned above may cause some permanent stains on the upper material.
When cleaning the area to be cleaned with the said products, use a toothbrush and scrub the surface until the dirt or stain is removed.
After scrub, wipe it clean with water. One may use a wet cloth or wet paper towel.
- Remove any excess or caked-on dirt from the shoe first if your pair of classic Vans are really dirty. It is advised to let the shoe dry first if it has some muddy dirt on it. One may use a soft toothbrush to scrub off the caked-on dirt.
- It is ideal to use detergent and warm water when cleaning the shoe. Mix the detergent with the warm water and stir until suds begin to rise.
- Use a toothbrush when scrubbing the dirt off the shoe with the sudsy mixture. Warm water is best to use in rinsing the shoe.
- Absorb the excess water with a dry towel thoroughly. Stuff hand towels or paper towels inside to absorb water, and also to avoid shrinkage of the shoe. Let it dry. Air drying is recommended.
PLEASE NOTE: This procedure can only be applied to classic Vans shoes that feature a canvas or synthetic upper material. If your shoe is made of leather or suede, please follow the right methods of cleaning said upper materials.
- Use a mild pre-treater and pre-treat the pair of Vans shoes to be cleaned. This is done when there are serious stains on the shoe, and executed while preparing the washing machine.
- The washing machine must also be set on a gentle cycle and use cool water. This is to ensure that the shoe will not be damage.
- Place the pair of Vans inside a pillowcase. If possible, throw in some other things into the wash such as towels to keep the shoe from bouncing too much. Although, it is not quite advisable to put the shoes into the wash.
- Only use half the usual amount of detergent being commonly used. Also, it is ideal to use a mild kind of detergent.
- After washing and rinsing the shoe, let it dry. Air dry it, if possible.
Where to buy classic Vans sneakers?
Vans is a big brand in the sneaker industry and the classic silhouettes it offers are available in many retail stores, both physical and online. Here in RunRepeat.com we partner with online retailers that offer a variety of Vans classic sneakers.
Just go to the main webpage, click on the “Sneakers” button which will take you to the Sneakers page. On the left side is a list of filters that helps you narrow down your options and help you immediately find what you are looking for.
For a list of Vans classic sneakers, just look for the “Collection” and type in “Vans Classic” in the Collection search bar and check the box for the said collection. You will be led to a list of Vans classic sneakers available with our partner retailers. After picking your choice from the list of options, you will be linked to the available offers for the shoe from our partner retailers.
How to identify if the pair of Vans classic shoes is not fake?
Fake products have been an issue lately as there are many surfacing around the market. Vans may not be safe from it as well, and so here are some tips or methods and the procedure on how to spot a fake pair of classic Vans sneakers:
Check the Packaging or the box of the shoe
- Run the barcode of the shoe found on its box
- Check the price of the shoe if it is right
- Check the quality of the box
- Comparing the paper tags of the shoe
- Checking the reviews about the retailer sites or dealers of the shoe
What are the best Vans classic sneakers?
Each of the model of classic Vans shoes offer different specialty whether it may be style-wise or performance-wise. When saying the “best” model, it mainly varies on the consumer’s preferences. One may say that a certain model is the best while another one would say that another model is the best pair. It is quite ideal for a buyer to know what they prefer in a shoe. They must be able to know the kind of upper material, the cut profile, and the style of the pair of Vans shoes that they want or might even need.
How much are Vans classic shoes?
Vans classic sneakers are mostly sold at budget-friendly price. The lowest price that a pair of Vans can go is $40. Prices for Vans classic sneakers usually range from $60 to $90. Premium models may bear a much higher price tag. Rest assured that Vans offers great deals that suits one’s budget.
How do Vans shoes fit?
Following the US standard sizing, the sizes of Vans shoes are measured with a Brannock device. Keep in mind that the shoes offered by the brand, especially the performance skate silhouettes, may tend to fit a bit snug. Therefore, going up in size may be applicable. People with wide feet may grab a pair with at least half a size up than their exact foot size.
If the shoes are for men or if they are unisex offered in men’s sizing, women must deduct 1.5 from the men’s sizing. For example, a woman is a size 9, she must get a men’s size 7.5. Also note that if a woman has a foot size below the men’s 6.5, she may fit into the “Kids category.”
Do Vans offer customization for their classic sneakers?
Yes, in fact they do. Under the Vans Custom Shoes Service, the buyers are given the opportunity to customize their own pair of Vans shoes. They can pick the colors, styles, materials, and patterns that they desire for their pair of Vans. Custom options that are available on the list of provided by the website of the brand are the only options that the customer can use when customizing their shoe. This list is always updated, therefore, big chances of having more new options.
The Vans brand also features the “Upload Your Own” customization process in which you can design your Vans shoe with your own art. Just follow the steps/instructions in the brand’s customization webpage.
Do purchased customized pairs of Vans classic shoes take long to arrive?
Here is a customary time frame of how long does it take for a custom Vans shoe to arrive:
- For the non-image custom footwear: 3-4 weeks
- For the “Upload Your Own” custom footwear: 4-5 weeks
Keep in mind that the timeframe of these deliveries vary in accordance to the holidays. It is best to check the shipping page upon checkout in order to learn about the updates of holiday timeframes.