Who should buy the Vans Skate Slip-on

This skateboarding-inspired Vans Ave is a great pick for you if you:

Vans Skate Slip-On Toe area

Who should not buy it

The Vans Skate Slip-on fits tight for people with narrow feet which causes discomfort and heel blisters. Switch to Vans Slip-on SF or Vans Skate Sport for a skateboarding experience that won’t hurt your feet.

Vans Skate Slip-On upper

Caution: Vans Skate Slipon has a narrow fit

“They run very small. Size up!!” The Skate Slip-on delivers a very narrow fit that disappointed most of its verified buyers. Many got the wrong size and experienced discomfort and heel bites. Consider sizing up to avoid rubbing motion that happens and causes blisters.

Vans Skate Slip-On Midsole

Comfort meets durability after some breaking in

Skate Slip-on features fully redesigned uppers for it to be durable enough to withstand daily skateboarding. Most skaters and causal wearers attested to the shoe’s durability by leaving impressions that say:

  • “Durability is HYPED!”,
  • “The flick on these is unreal and durable,” and
  • “Tuff/durable and going to last!”

But there’s a downside. Some people commented that the upper is stiff and “hard to get on the first few times.” It takes some break-in time until you completely enjoy comfort and durability simultaneously.

Vans Skate Slip-On tongue

Dress up and down with the Vans Skate Slip-on

“Vans skate styles are fire!” Inspired by the Vans Slip-on style, many were happy that this sneaker is versatile and has a chic style that easily matches everything in their closets. 

“Definitely an eye-catcher in high tops,” one verified buyer commented. Some got this pair for their everyday go-to shoe and paired it with casual outfits like casual jeans, shorts, dresses, and skirts. Some also wore it at work with blazers achieving a casual business look. 

Vans Skate Slip-On Heel

Cushioning is great but not for all

Many are impressed with the superior cushioning and impact protection offered by the PopCush sockliner of the Vans Skate Slip-on. One described its satisfaction by saying, “PopCush changes the game,” and another person also said that the cushion in these “makes a world of a difference!” 

Although designed to provide more comfort, some verified buyers find this shoe a bit “odd to walk in.” As described by some, the footbed “adds to the fact that everything is now too tight.” To resolve the issue, casual wearers had to remove it for a pain-free fit.

Vans Skate Slip-On Insole

The Vans Skate Slip-on is orthotic-friendly

For some who were not impressed by the PopCush feature, they are happy that this sneaker allows them to customize their orthotics. Some have removed the footbed for a better fit and some also replaced it with thinner ones. 

Vans Skate Slip-On Outsole

A great shoe to skate in

“Absolute GO TO for skateboarding.” Skate fans praised this sneaker after a grippy experience on their skateboard. Others also commented that this shoe offers a good board feel. One fan testified by leaving a comment saying, “I can feel the board, which is great!” This pair is also well-constructed leaving the fans hyped for its good quality.

Vans Skate Slip-On design

Support is not a problem with Skate Slip-on

“I feel like I am walking in a foam,” a buyer commented after being pleased with the sneaker’s support. Skaters, even casual wearers, are delighted that the Vans Skate Slip-on has more structure and support.

Vans Skate Slip-On toe cap

Vans Slip-on VS Vans Skate Slip-on

The Vans Skate Slip-on is a redesigned Vans Slip-on for modern skateboarding. It has maintained the Slip-on’s silhouette while skateboarding technologies are being reinforced.

Firstly, DURACAP™ reinforced underlays and fully redesigned uppers are repositioned to the classics for increased durability, protection, locked-in fit, and more board control. Next, a POPCUSH™ energy return sockliner is added for a superb cushioning and impact protection.  And lastly, the Slip-on’s gum rubber outsole is upgraded to SICKSTICK™ rubber compound to deliver more grip and board feel. Thanks to all these improvements, people are able to skate and dress in style. 

Vans Skate Slip-On heel section

Facts / Specs

Style: Classic
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Slip-on, Vans Duracap, Vans Skate
Closure: Slip-on
Material: Canvas, Suede, Gum Sole / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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Sheena is a wordsmith turned sneaker addict. Her sneaker fixation intensified as her passion for writing grew. A hands-on mom of two sweet yet spunky kids (plus three dogs and two cats), she finds solitude in leafing through shoe catalogs to find the next "it" sneaker. Scrutinizing hugely popular and underrated kicks is her favorite pastime.