Verdict from 14 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Majority of those who reviewed the Vans Mega Checker Slip-on used the word comfortable on their description.
  • Several claimed that these are their favorite shoes in their collection.
  • The excellent spin on a classic design drew most of the purchasers on buying these.
  • Because of this release, one gave plus points to Vans for another stunning version to the classic.
  • The design of these sneakers showcases one’s style and personality, according to one reviewer.
  • A couple of testers stated that these Vans Classic Slip-On sneaker makes any outfit special.
  • One professed that he loves this shoe so much that he acquired a back-up pair.
  • These sneakers are an excellent addition to one’s shoe rotation.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Many described the sizing system of the Vans Mega Checker Slip-on shoes as inconsistent.
  • A handful of users with high instep found these uncomfortable.

Bottom line

Vans has done it yet again, showing its unfailing attempt to tweaking its signature checkerboard print. Going on a different route this time, instead of venturing with another loud and attention-grabbing colorway, the brand amplified the pattern and focused on each block and polarizing hues of black and white. The result of which is a minimalist looking shoe with huge blocks of blanc et noir. The slip-on and low-top construction provides nothing but plus points.

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Good to know

Just like other slip-ons from Vans, expect that the Vans Slip-On Mega Checker black & white skate shoes come in unisex sizing as well. Ladies and gents rejoice as broad size ranges are available for this model. 

Those that are familiar with how Vans fit can avail of their usual but for first-timers, it is recommended to size down half, or full size as these fit big. The convenient slip is always a bonus but the fastest wear possible.

The checkerboard has been a mainstay print that is ultimately identifiable foremost for Vans. Unexpectedly, this black and white pattern stood the test of time but, true to Vans' reputation, some expect that its design strategy is Off the Wall.

The oversized print swerves from the attention-grabbing aura and leans towards a more toned-down look. Users get a huge block of contrasting tones which suits those that are leaning towards the minimalist look.

A primary factor why the brand is well-loved by many is that despite design changes, its signature features are kept intact. The signature Waffle sole, which provides a grippy step that is useful, even for casual use. Housing the magnified checkerboard pattern is a durable canvas material.

The year 1966 started the revolutionary story of Vans. Run by four men, brothers Paul and Jim Van Doren and business partners Serge Delia and Gordon Lee, the brand began from a small store in Anaheim, California. The unique concept, an all-in-one shop, set the brand apart from the others. From a factory, down to the storefront, users get to enjoy different benefits of having a more personalized shoe, despite the added waiting time to get their preferred pair.

Just like New Balance that named its shoes by the number, Vans had that same numeric system when it started. Housing few iconic silhouettes, one that stood out was the Style #48, or more well-known as the Vans Slip-on. Because it fuses style with convenience, with the added feature of skate durability, it transformed many as Vans enthusiasts.

Along with the release of the Slip-on Vans was also the launch of an iconic print that is as huge as the elephant pattern of the Jordans. Proof that anything can serve as an inspiration, the checkerboard came from children’s doodles on white sneakers. The permanent marker that was used to draw the design was further improved by Steve Van Doren, one of the founder’s sons, and imprinted it on the canvas of the shoe.

Initially captivating a niche market, its audience widened when it was featured on the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Skyrocketed popularity also equates to its ubiquity. It means that everyone, from musicians to preppies wore them. Over the years, Vans experimented with different colorways, but one of their recent releases puts a refreshing twist on the classic called the Mega Checker Slip-on.


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.