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The low-top Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-On 98 DX has stretchable elastic bands on the collar to secure the feet into the shoe. The slip-on silhouette comes in a low-profile and round toe front with reinforced toe caps.

Going back to their Anaheim factory roots, Vans harnesses the nostalgia of wearing the classic slip-on back in the 1980s. The low-top deluxe sneaker exudes vintage styling all through the smallest details. With original colorways and prints, one could pair the Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-In 98 DX with patterned socks, skinny jeans or shorts and a plain tee for a complete throwback look to the 1980s where the classic slip-on in black, white and red color combinations and floral print began to rise into iconic status in the skating world.

A retro-modern fusion sneaker the Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-On DX delivers upgraded comfort from the UltraCush sockliner that improves interior feel and cushioning. The classic low-top slip-on also includes throwback details that add a higher glossed foxing tape, original drill lining weight, and heavy cotton canvas upper material for that authentic feel that takes the wearer’s look back to where the silhouette began.

Established in Anaheim, California by the Van Doren Brothers, James, and Paul, the Vans company has started rolling out some of the world’s famous skate shoes in their little shop by selling a classic model with almost minimalist design and function. Their first hit was called the Vans Authentic which has remained unchanged since it was released some 50 years ago.

Ever since the skateboarding culture started in the California, Vans shoes seem to be devoted to the evolution of the sport over the years from the Golden State’s skateboarding scene to the rest of the US. The 1980s, however, have seen the growth in sales of one particular model – the Classic Slip-on. Known as the Vans Style No. 98, it was created in 1977 in the Van Doren Brother’s shop which also serves as their factory in Anaheim.

The laidback design immediately gained popularity for its natural slip-on feature and minimalist design. Soon the slip-on had an even more popular model with the Checkerboard Classic Slip-on when it was popularized by Sean Penn’s character Jeff Spicoli in the Hollywood movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

The Vans Classic Slip-On design had several design variations and collaborations in the past years since its release. For Spring and Summer 2017, Vans released the Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-On 98 DX as a tribute to the company’s first Vans factory in Anaheim, California. Vans designers recall the details of the original Classic Slip-Ons with more modern comfort with an improved UltraCush insole. The vintage-inspired design also features a higher glossy ribbon, cotton laces, original cotton drill lining and leather upper to complete the look.

  • The upper is comprised of suede and heavy cotton canvas material.
  • A higher glossed foxing tape adds to the throwback appeal.
  • Retro details like the original style number, color palette, and reissued prints were used in this issue.
  • Canvas upper material weighs heavier than usual at 10 oz. with the drill lining weight retained for that authentic classic sneaker feel.


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