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7 reasons to buy

  • The sneaker functions adequately as a daily shoe for work, school, or just casually hanging out in public.
  • Some of the reviewers are delighted with the sneaker that they are already planning to buy a second pair.
  • The Vans Checkerboard Atwood delivers a supremely comfortable stance that would not hurt as much after walking for a long time as compared to other Vans shoes.
  • It provides a ready-to-wear comfort straight out of the box and requires almost zero break-in time.
  • The structure of the sneaker also precisely fits how one would want it to run.
  • It is built with superb materials and assembled with high quality.
  • One user loves the padded tongue and collar.

2 reasons not to buy

  • This sneaker, who a skater tried on for a few days, killed his feet.
  • The laces would seem very long for a few reviewers and would tend to be difficult to tuck under the tongue.

Bottom line

Capitalizing on its coveted black-and-white-square design, the Vans Checkerboard Atwood introduces a new member to its family of coveted design. The checkerboard design is not the only selling point for this sneaker but its comfort and function as well. It also has an Oxford-ish look to it that even showcases a true to size fit. Indeed a shoe for the recommendation, grabbing a pair for work, school, or just for chilling would seem necessary.


Base model: Vans Atwood
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Checkerboard
Price: $60
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Multi
Special editions: 3 special editions
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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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.


Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.