Size and fit

The sneaker is manufactured in unisex sizes. Its low top profile provides wearers with unrestricted ankle motion. Dial-in fit is also possible thanks to its lace-up closure system.

Vans Checkerboard Authentic Style

Even if one is just wearing super short shorts as Spicoli did in the eighties or sand-blasted jeans, one can look flawless while sporting the Vans Checkerboard Authentic. The chess-tile design magnetizes the eyes of bystanders and gives dimension to the low-top silhouette. Young and old women are known to flaunt the sneaker best, but many men on the opposite side of the spectrum think otherwise.

Notable Features

The checkerboard design would be the sneaker's prime selling point as it was first seen in the Slip-On. The Authentic's whole upper is painted in checkerboard marks as compared to other models which are only visible in some of the parts of the shoe.

Vans Checkerboard Authentic History

From horse racing to producing shoes, Van Doren's passion for things would continue for decades without halt. But the most exciting niche for Van Doren's is having a knack for creating shoes. Fortunately for us, the shoe-making genes continued to flow through the family tree for generations.

The California-based company started as a custom shoe store in Anaheim, California way back in 1966. Paul Vandoren, along with his brother and several friends, established the Van Doren Rubber Company that specializes in the direct selling of shoes. Customers would pick a design of their liking in the morning that would be ready in the afternoon for pick up.

It is rumored that one of the shoes sold during this time was the famous "Authentic" model. The Authentic or the Style #44 was predestined to be a staple sneaker because of its low profile image which stays relevant to concurrent trends. It was also made into a canvas of different iterations through time, including those which are outrageously radical.

The upper material of Vans sneakers was subject to creative inputs courtesy of artistic loyalists who would scribble and paint the canvas upper. One of the iconic designs that surfaced was the "Checkerboard" which was initially drawn into the midsole of Vans shoes. Steve took the concept and utilized it into the Slip-On's upper. Since its film cameo in Fast Times At Ridgemont High was seen, it never left the checkerboard-hungry styles of the young and old generation.

Additional Info

  • The sneaker has a vulcanized rubber construction which contributes to its low profile form.
  • The shoe utilizes a lace-up system of lockdown with metal eyelets for a smooth snug.
  • For its traction, the sneaker continues to use its classic waffle outsole.

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Checkerboard, Vans Authentic
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Vulc Sole, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Season: Summer, Spring

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.