Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the consumers adored the shoe’s suede-crafted upper because it makes it dressier.
  • Comfortable is a word frequently used to describe the Vans Embossed Suede Slip-on shoe.
  • The Vans slip-on silhouette is one of the brand’s most iconic designs.
  • Some fashion-savvy consumers liked that the sneaker is versatile enough to pair with a multitude of outfits.
  • Its slip-on construction was deemed to be very convenient and efficient by most wearers.
  • A lot of purchasers found the shoe to be stylish and classic at the same time.
  • The shoe garners many compliments every time they wear it out, raved a handful of reviewers.
  • It runs true to size, based on most of the users’ opinions.
  • The Vans Embossed Suede Slip-on is built very well, according to plenty of buyers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer didn't like how the kick got easily dirty.
  • A few wearers disclosed that the suede felt stiff at first and caused blisters, but after the break-in period, it felt very comfortable.
  • Some griped about how the shoe showed a lot of creasing.

Bottom line

The iconic Vans Slip-On gets another variation by receiving a luxurious suede upper update that's clad with embossed patterning. Dubbed as the Vans Embossed Suede Slip-On, this new style has been warmly welcomed by fans of retro designs and of consumers who love dressier looking pairs for every day. Moreover, its superb comfort and the convenience of not having to tie shoelaces were the deciding factors for some consumers. To top it all, it is reasonably priced.

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Good to know

The Vans Embossed Suede Slip-On is available in both men's and women's sizes. The guys can choose from sizes 6.5 to 13 while the ladies can select from sizes that stretch from 5 until 14.5. The shoe generally fits true to size, but keep in mind that slip-on shoes are constructed to feel narrow at first, especially for users with wide feet, as it will stretch over time.

One of Vans' kicks that utilizes a slip-on construction, it provides effortless on and off and avoids the need to tie shoelaces.

The Vans Embossed Suede Slip-On exudes a vintage retro look that is enhanced with suede-crafted upper and embossed patterning. Its streamlined and simple design makes for an easy pair to match with a wide array of outfits, while the embossed detailing adds a discreet, stylish element to your look. Finish off your ensemble by dressing up your usual tee and denim pants combination with this pair or jazz up a formal suit for a garden wedding.

With the vast amount of iterations in the Vans Slip-On range, this kick's embossed pattern in the toe box is what makes it stand out from the rest. The embossed pattern exudes a woven-like design from afar, but when one inspects closer, it is just embossed.

The Vans Embossed Suede Slip-On is one of the many iterations of the iconic Vans Slip-On silhouette. The Slip-On first debuted in 1977 and was initially called the Style #98. It was the brand's answer to that era's sneakerheads who wanted footwear without the fuss of having to tie shoelaces. The kick is said to take design cues from the boat shoe silhouette, which was one of Van Doren's products from a prior company before Vans.

Released during the early days of skateboarding and surfing, the Style #98 was manufactured and designed for skateboarding, but skaters were put off as it tends to stretch bigger than usual after some time. Fast-forward to 1982, the Slip-On with a Checkerboard print experienced a rebirth as Sean Penn wore it in the teen film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Through the movie, a whole new generation got introduced to the silhouette and reintroduced it in a new and more fashionable light.

Ever since then the Slip-On has gone on to be released in endless Classic Vans colorways, textures, materials, and prints. Offering something for possibly every type of customer in the market. One of these is the Vans Embossed Suede Slip-On, which displays an embossed patterning on the toebox. Its suede-crafted upper enhances the shoe's overall design by providing a luxurious vibe to it, making it a kick that could be dressed up and down.

Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.