Size and fit

Although classified under the Vans' men's division, the sneaker can be sported by both men and women. Sizes would start to run from size five all the way to 13.

Vans Checkerboard Atwood Style

The lace flaps on the vamp serve as folded wings that cover the checkerboard pasture underneath. A heel counter with checkerboard prints complements the black and white front design. The sneaker itself is a testament of style so dressing up or down in this is no problem. But if one would insist, the most casual outfit to go with it are jeans.

Notable Features

There are a lot of checkerboard Vans sneakers in the market and to differentiate the Checkerboard Atwood from them would be not an easy task. First off, the checkerboard markings of this sneaker would spread out to the heel counter and the toe box. Other iterations bearing the same square trademarks would be the Vans Atwood Check which displays the checkerboard design on the midsole.

Vans Checkerboard Atwood History

Storytelling the tale of the development of Vans would stretch way back to the mid 20th century, where shoes were flat soled and look the same whichever sports one may be attributed in. Before its kickflip of history, the Vans' legacy started with the substance that infected the industrial world before and after the World War II--rubber.

Rubber was the typical material that was widely produced by industries during this time, and scientists and economists can't get their hands off of this revolutionary product. These visionaries would slap the durable elastic material into anything, may it be car wheels or plimsolls traction pads. As the growing need industrializing rubber reached the far ends of North America, so did the need to produce shoes.

Creating sneakers were such a hit during this period that shoe factories spurted out like mushrooms. One of the famous suppliers was Randy Rubber which has factories scattered all over the U.S. Though performing very well, not all of its satellite companies were doing good. The plan was to send Paul Van Doren, who work on a high position at the time for Randy's, along with his brother James and a few friends to salvage a near-bankruptcy factory in Gardenvale, California.

Dragging their family to their newly located workspace, the brothers Van Doren and two of their friends set their eyes to replenish the almost dying factory thousands of miles from their hometown. Brilliant with their work, it only took them several months to bring back the factory to its original glory. This comeback story inspired them to establish their own shoe company after three months which is now called Vans.

Since its founding day on March 16, 1966, Vans had continued to innovate and excel in their field of providing skateboarding-inspired iterations like the Authentic, Old Skool, SK8-Hi, and many more. But probably what had put the Cali-brand to the map was their introduction of the "Checkerboard" design. From its screen time in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the pitter-patter design of square boxes alluded through time which reached new renditions of Vans sneakers. One of it was the Vans Checkerboard Atwood which utilizes the checkerboard print on its toe box.

Additional Info

  • Favorite colorways of the sneaker are the black/white and the pewter/magenta.
  • Midsole cushioning is of a vulcanized construction.
  • The upper material is made of canvas with a lace-up enclosure that goes through five eyelets for lockdown.
  • Grip and traction are provided by the signature waffle sole.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Checkerboard
Colorways: Blue / Grey / Black
SKUs: V00TUYRD3 / V00TUYRD4 / V00TUYU0D / VN00015GQ1L / VN0A327L5GX

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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.