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    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $50
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Fit & Sizing

The sneaker is manufactured in unisex sizes. Boys' sizes would start from 3.5 to 6 that extends to men's sizes of 6 to 13. Women can go down 1.5 sizes down from their usual to acquire the adequate fit. This sneaker comes in a medium width for both genders.

Vans Checkerboard Authentic Style

Even if one is just wearing super short shorts as Spicoli did in the eighties or sand-blasted jeans, one can look flawless while sporting the Vans Checkerboard Authentic. The chess-tile design magnetizes the eyes of bystanders and gives dimension to the low top silhouette. Young and old women are known to flaunt the sneaker best, but many men on the opposite side of the spectrum think otherwise.

Notable Features

The checkerboard design would be the sneaker's prime selling point as it was first seen in the Slip-On. The Authentic's whole upper is painted in checkerboard marks as compared to other models which are only visible in some of the parts of the shoe.

Vans Checkerboard Authentic History

From horse racing to producing shoes, Van Doren's passion for things would continue for decades without halt. But the most exciting niche for Van Doren's is having a knack for creating shoes. Fortunately for us, the shoe-making genes continued to flow through the family tree for generations.

The California-based company started as a custom shoe store in Anaheim, California way back in 1966. Paul Vandoren, along with his brother and several friends, established the Van Doren Rubber Company that specializes in the direct selling of shoes. Customers would pick a design of their liking in the morning which would be ready in the afternoon for pick up.

It is rumored that one of the shoes sold during this time was the famous "Authentic" model. The Authentic or the Style #44 was predestined to be a staple sneaker because of its low profile image which stays relevant to concurrent trends. It was also made into a canvas of different iterations through time, including those which are outrageously radical.

The upper material of Vans sneakers was subject to creative inputs courtesy of artistic loyalists who would scribble and paint the canvas upper. One of the iconic designs that surfaced was the "Checkerboard" which was initially drawn into the midsole of Vans shoes. Steve took the concept and utilized it into the Slip-On's upper. Since its film cameo in Fast Times At Ridgemont High was seen, it never left the checkerboard-hungry styles of the young and old generation.

Additional Info

  • The sneaker has a vulcanized rubber construction which contributes to its low profile form.
  • The shoe utilizes a lace-up system of lockdown with metal eyelets for a smooth snug.
  • For its traction, the sneaker continues to use its classic waffle outsole.

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