Size and fit

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.

Vans Embossed Suede Slip-On Style

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.

Notable Features

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.

Vans Embossed Suede Slip-On History

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.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Slip-On
Closure: Slip-on
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber Sole, Vulc Sole
Season: Spring, Summer

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