Verdict from 42 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Some reviewers like the vintage-inspired design but with the modern comfort of this new Vans sneakers.
  • A handful of commenters note that the Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-On 98 DX shoes are their “on the go sneakers” because of its slip-on design.
  • Interiors of this low-top sneaker are soft and cushioning with the UltraCush sock liners, a commenter notes.
  • An online reviewer thinks the vintage slip-on design has better heel support and cushioning to previous vintage-inspired Vans sneakers.
  • One reviewer likes the simple layout of the sneaker that is unassuming yet durable for wearing every day.
  • Some skaters like this retro detailing of the sneakers compared to the overly embellished and printed versions of the slip-on today.
  • Another user thinks the throwback look and details also make this low-top shoe feel like it did several decades ago mentioning the weight and heel feels the same as before.
  • The classic design and colorways “go about with just anything” that the user wears.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some buyers comment that there should have been more color options to the Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-On 98 DX.
  • A couple of users report that this is a narrow fitting low-top sneaker.
  • A reviewer notes that the heavy sole could be difficult for those who wanted to do higher tricks and jumps while skating.

Bottom line

A fitting tribute to the first factory of the famous skateboarding sneakers in Anaheim, California, the Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-On DX fuses vintage elements with modern comfort. The low-top sneaker uses an updated UltraCush sockliner for responsive cushioning that lasts for extended hours.

While some wanted more color options and lighter weight for this narrow-fitting kick, the feel of classic Vans on the feet makes this $75 sneaker ($85 for the printed version) an affordable retro sneaker to wear for your next hangout.

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Good to know

The low-top Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-On 98 DX has stretchable elastic bands on the collar to secure the feet into the shoe. The slip-on silhouette comes in a low-profile and round toe front with reinforced toe caps.

Going back to their Anaheim factory roots, Vans harnesses the nostalgia of wearing the classic slip-on back in the 1980s. The low-top deluxe sneaker exudes vintage styling all through the smallest details. With original colorways and prints, one could pair the Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-In 98 DX with patterned socks, skinny jeans or shorts and a plain tee for a complete throwback look to the 1980s where the classic slip-on in black, white and red color combinations and floral print began to rise into iconic status in the skating world.

A retro-modern fusion sneaker the Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-On DX delivers upgraded comfort from the UltraCush sockliner that improves interior feel and cushioning. The classic low-top slip-on also includes throwback details that add a higher glossed foxing tape, original drill lining weight, and heavy cotton canvas upper material for that authentic feel that takes the wearer’s look back to where the silhouette began.

Established in Anaheim, California by the Van Doren Brothers, James, and Paul, the Vans company has started rolling out some of the world’s famous skate shoes in their little shop by selling a classic model with almost minimalist design and function. Their first hit was called the Vans Authentic which has remained unchanged since it was released some 50 years ago.

Ever since the skateboarding culture started in the California, Vans shoes seem to be devoted to the evolution of the sport over the years from the Golden State’s skateboarding scene to the rest of the US. The 1980s, however, have seen the growth in sales of one particular model – the Classic Slip-on. Known as the Vans Style No. 98, it was created in 1977 in the Van Doren Brother’s shop which also serves as their factory in Anaheim.

The laidback design immediately gained popularity for its natural slip-on feature and minimalist design. Soon the slip-on had an even more popular model with the Checkerboard Classic Slip-on when it was popularized by Sean Penn’s character Jeff Spicoli in the Hollywood movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

The Vans Classic Slip-On design had several design variations and collaborations in the past years since its release. For Spring and Summer 2017, Vans released the Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-On 98 DX as a tribute to the company’s first Vans factory in Anaheim, California. Vans designers recall the details of the original Classic Slip-Ons with more modern comfort with an improved UltraCush insole. The vintage-inspired design also features a higher glossy ribbon, cotton laces, original cotton drill lining and leather upper to complete the look.

  • The upper is comprised of suede and heavy cotton canvas material.
  • A higher glossed foxing tape adds to the throwback appeal.
  • Retro details like the original style number, color palette, and reissued prints were used in this issue.
  • Canvas upper material weighs heavier than usual at 10 oz. with the drill lining weight retained for that authentic classic sneaker feel.


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