Size and fit

The low-top Vans Slip-On Platform shoes deliver the standard fit of the Vans Slip-On. It offers comfort and easiness in wearing with its slip-on feature and canvas upper.

Vans Slip-On Platform Style

With the classic appeal that the Vans Slip-On conveys, it truly lives up to its reputation and exhibits a design that never goes out of style. The Vans Slip-On Platform, given its name, presents a platform sole that not just adds some height but also adds more spice to one’s look.

As versatility always comes with the silhouette, the Vans Slip-on Platform in a black or white colorway,  for example, effortlessly blends in with the fashion trend and matches up with a wide variety of ensembles from the most casual, laid-back choices to the semi-formal ones. Skinny jeans, fitted jeans, jogger jeans, as well as short shorts and skirts for women work well with a pair of the Vans Slip-On Platform.

Notable Features

The design of the Vans Slip-On Platform is one timeless style that no one can deny. The checkerboard pattern of the shoe in different colorways also has been a trademark style for Vans. Its platform sole that is added to the classic profile of the Slip-On delivers a distinctive appearance for this variation of the classic. The additional height that the Vans Slip-On Platform offers gained favors and praises from buyers and also gives more appeal to the classic shoe.

Vans Slip-On Platform History

Initially known as the Style #98, the Vans Classic Slip-On was first launched in the year 1977. The silhouette quickly gained its spot in both the surf and skate domain during the late 1970s in California. The Vans Slip-On came to be the brand’s answer to the demands of the people to have a shoe that diminishes the hassle of shoelaces when putting on.

The design of the Slip-Ons took inspiration from the boat shoe’s profile which is a product of the previous company that Van Doren owned. The Vans Slip-On Platform boasts its monochromatic sneaker with premium materials all over for a plush look while staying casual.

Paul Van Doren, son of Vans founder, Steve Van Doren, took notice of teenagers and skaters creating their checkerboard design on the Vans Slip-On using markers on its rubber midsole. Steve absorbed the idea and thus the birth of the iconic Vans Checkerboard Slip-On.

  From the skate parks to the streets

Van Doren took the design inspiration from the boat shoe's silhouette, which was Van Doren's product from his old company before Vans. Although made for skateboarding, most 70s skaters didn't take on the pair due to its tendency to get looser after some time. However, many surfers loved it and would wear it after their sessions in the ocean.

The iconic pattern of the sneaker then acquired massive popularity internationally as it was featured on the 1982 movie, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and worn by Sean Penn’s character, Jeff Spicoli. The recognition has led the shoe to be one of the brand’s most iconic silhouettes, and the design itself became synonymous with the brand.

The movie also introduced the shoe to a whole new generation and made the checkerboard print famous. The Vans Slip-On became one of the most predominant silhouettes of the brand and had garnered a broad fan base among different subcultures from the skateboarding community to rock bands. It continues to be everyone’s go-to sneakers until the newest generations of youngsters.

The kick remains a staple and is dubbed as one of Vans' most loved sneaker models. From being known as the skater and surfer kick, it is now acknowledged by everyone - from Disney-obsessed kids to streetwear enthusiasts and even high-end fashion houses.

The Vans Slip-On has become the favorite go-to for generations, skaters and enthusiasts alike, and is rightfully a part of the Vans Classic roster. Its customizable designs and vulcanized soles have been acclaimed and duplicated around the world time and time again.

Vans also offer unlimited variations of the Slip-On from colorways to material iterations as well as subtle changes to its original design. Its timeless style truly lives up to its reputation of being a true classic and will stay as it is for more generations to come.

One of the variations of the iconic shoe is the Vans Slip-on Platform which adds extra height to the sole. The Vans Slip-On Platform features sturdy low-profile slip-on canvas uppers with the iconic Vans checkerboard print or plain canvas upper, padded collars, elastic side accents, and platform rubber waffle outsoles keeping the tradition of fine casual shoemaking.

Additional Info

  • Canvas material covers the upper construction of the Vans Slip-On Platform.
  • The platform height of the sneaker is one ¼ inch in size 5 US.
  • A single, medium-width sneaker, size 7.5 US weighs approximately 397 grams.
  • The Vans Slip-on Platform shoe displays elastic side accents and a padded collar.

Facts / Specs

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

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.