Who should buy the Vans Checkerboard Slip-On Pro

This pair of sneakers suits your preference if:

  • You are looking for a pair that is easy to put on
  • You love a retro style shoes

Vans Checkerboard Slip-On Pro logo

Outstanding style of Vans Checkerboard Slip-On Pro

The alternating square pattern printed on the canvas upper of the Vans Checkerboard Slip-On Pro instantly connotes classic style which immediately grabs the attention of the skate-loving population.

Vans Checkerboard Slip-On Pro upper

What pulls this model up from the earlier versions of Vans slip-on is the construction of its forefoot upper that does not crease quickly since it’s packed with supportive rubber underlays.

Its upper gets an added touch of antiquity with the use of an off-white toned canvas.

Vans Checkerboard Slip-On Pro upper1

Its eye-catching print that speaks so much of the 1980s era blends naturally well with graphic tees and washed denim, plain shirt, and slim-fitting zipper pants, or sweatshirt and cropped pants for a relaxed style.

Features of Checkerboard Slip-On Pro

Skateboarders and sneaker enthusiasts who needed optimum support and cushioning will appreciate the improved features of the Vans Checkerboard Slip-On Pro as much as they loved the classic Checkerboard Slip-On.

Its simple, conveniently built structure is packed with sufficient amount of technology. The forefoot region is fortified that shields the feet from the abrasiveness of skateboards.

Vans Checkerboard Slip-On Pro forefoot

Its engineered sockliner offers ample cushioning that prevents the feet from enduring discomforts on each foot strike.

Vans Checkerboard Slip-On Pro collar

Plus, such padding also allows skaters excellent boardfeel. Under the shoe is the trademark high-abrasion rubber outsole in a waffle pattern which is designed to provide durability and stability.

History of Vans Checkerboard Slip-On Pro

One brand that has been nailing it in this category is Vans with its much-loved Classic Slip-On sneaker. This laceless silhouette first appeared in the House of Vans in Anaheim, California back in 1977 and immediately became a bestselling shoe in Vans’ roster.  

The plain canvas upper of this easy-to-wear footwear received its checkerboard design in 1982, an idea pitched in by Steve Van Doren, son of one of the co-founders of the Van Doren Rubber Company, Paul Van Doren.

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Vans’ involvement in such 1982 film production was through Sean’s recommendation.

Under such category, Vans’ forerunners which included the Vans AuthenticEraOld SkoolSK8-Hi, and Slip-On were remodeled adding extra support and cushioning where those are needed.

Vans Checkerboard Slip-On Pro outsole

One specific example is the Vans Checkerboard Slip-On Pro, a redesigned version of the Classic Slip-On.

It bears the trademark black and white square motif and tech features such as the UltraCush HD sockliner and the Duracap rubber toe reinforcement.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Vans Checkerboard Slip-On
Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Checkerboard, Vans UltraCush, Vans Duracap, Vans Slip-On
Closure: Slip-on
Material: Canvas, Rubber Sole, Vulc Sole / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
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