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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
    $55
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The Vans Checkerboard Authentic Pro is a unisex skate kick that's available in both men and women's sizes. The gentlemen can select from sizes 6.5 to 13 while the ladies can choose from sizes 8 to 14.5. Most reviewers mentioned that the sneaker's sizing seems off as it is long in length and narrow in width. Hence, trying a pair in the nearest retail store is best recommended.

Leaving the original silhouette unaltered, the Vans Checkerboard Authentic Pro exudes the same iconic and well-loved look that most fans admire. Now clad in the brand's signature Checkerboard pattern this shoe could be an excellent focal point to any outfit and add oomph to it too. This low-top sneaker could be worn with almost any casual ensemble.

Armed with recognizable silhouette and print pattern, the Vans Checkerboard Authentic Pro's aesthetic is noteworthy in itself. However, what sets this sneaker apart from its predecessors are its upgraded features, which was highly anticipated by most consumers. Now equipped with technologies for enhanced durability and comfort topped off with its iconic design this shoe is undoubtedly a stand-out among long-time fans.

The world's very first skate shoe was made by Vans (formerly known as the Van Doren Rubber Company), a footwear company from Anaheim, California that initially planned to manufacture casual shoes. The Vans Authentic was first introduced on March 16, 1966 - the same time the retail store opened. Back then the shoe was called the #44 Deck Shoes, supposed footwear designed to use on a boat, but skateboarders took notice of its super grippy outsoles and adapted it for the sport.

Since then the company focused on its accidental skateboarding clientele and expanded their product range to cater to the skate culture. Despite fierce competition against other more prominent brands, Vans and its iconic sneaker remain steadfast thanks to its established reputation in the skateboarding world.

One of the brand's enduring styles is the Vans Authentic which has been reinterpreted countless times since its inception. An iteration of the shoe called the Vans Checkerboard Authentic Pro comes equipped with upgraded features to make it last longer and provide better comfort. The kick is offered in the following color schemes: Desert Sage, Fuchsia, and Navy.

  • The shoe is available in Medium width.
  • Its insoles are detachable.

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