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Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Canvas
Closure: Slip-on
Material: Canvas
Price: $50
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The men’s and women’s Vans Canvas Slip-on 138 has a narrow to medium fit. Those with wide feet are advised to go half to full size up to comfortably wear the canvas sneaker with padded collars. The Vans Canvas Slip-on 138 comes in men’s US sizes 3.5 to 13 and women’s sizes 5 to 14.5.

The sturdy canvas upper of the Vans Canvas Slip-on 138 shoe is offered in monochromatic tones making them versatile sneakers to wear as casual street wear. One of Vans’ casual sneaker offerings, the ease of wearing the shoe makes it an ideal go-to sneaker design for those with a fast-paced lifestyle or those who want a less complicated lifestyle like surfers and skaters.

Style this iteration of the classic low-top Vans slip-on by wearing them with comfortable shorts, skinnies or slim-fit jeans, and chinos. Style them with button-down shirts, relaxed-fit tees, summer or beach tank tops, and even hoodies. Some artists also take their style expression up a notch by customizing these plain-colored shoes with some hand or spray-painted designs.

As a nod its skateboarding heritage, the Vans Canvas Slip-on 138 is updated with skate-ready features that are ready to rock the streets and parks.  The canvas kicks come with reinforced rubber toe caps on top of the sturdy canvas uppers that delivers durability and better skateboarding performance. The low-top shoe also features padded collars for a snug fit. It also comes with elastic side accents and Vans’ signature rubber waffle outsoles for reliable grip and boardfeel.

The Vans Classic Slip-On was first launched in the year 1977. Known then as Style No. 98, the easy-to-wear silhouette quickly gained its spot in both the California surf and skate community in the 1970s. The Vans Classic Slip-On sneaker became the brand’s answer to the people’s clamor to do away with shoelaces when putting on the shoe.

Paul Van Doren, the son of Vans founder Steve Van Doren, observed that teenagers and skaters used to doodle designs into the shoe creating a checkerboard design on the Vans Slip-On using markers on the rubber midsole. Paul realized this vision of an upper design for the silhouette when he created the Vans  Checkerboard Slip-on.

Further design inspiration for the Vans Classic Slip-on came from a profile of a boat shoe that is a product of Van Doren’s previous company before establishing Vans. Although the slip-on shoe model was initially made for skateboarding, most skaters didn't take on the pair due to its tendency to get loose after some time. However, many surfers loved the Vans Classic Slip-on and would wear it after ocean sessions.

The iconic pattern of the sneaker also gained massive popularity when it was worn by Sean Penn who played Jeff Spicoli in the 1982 movie, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” The Vans Slip-On also became one of the most predominant shoe models of the brand and had garnered a big fan base among different subcultures from the grunge-rock community and most especially with the skateboarding community. Through the years, Vans entered into many collaborations with various brands and designers. The silhouette was also offered in a wide array of colorways and materials from leather, mesh, synthetic, denim, and the most versatile, of course, is the upper canvas material.

The Vans Canvas Slip-on 138 pays homage to the model’s skateboarding heritage. The canvas slip-on is updated with reinforced rubber toe caps on top of the sturdy canvas uppers for durability and skateboarding performance. The low-top Vans Canvas Slip-on 138 also features padded collars, elastic side accents, and the signature rubber waffle outsoles of the brand that delivers amazing grip and boardfeel.

  • Rubber toecaps reinforce the sturdy upper for a skate-ready design.
  • Padded collars offer ankle protection and a comfortable fit.
  • Elastic side accents allow movements and flexibility for the sneaker.
  • Signature rubber waffle outsoles deliver superior grip in a classic slip-on style.


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