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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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Great style knows no boundaries and the Vans Checkerboard is much the same way. The model is unisex and is available in sizes ranging from 3.5 to 13, although this is based on men’s measurements. Women can convert to their size by subtracting one size and a half from their usual shoe measurement.

The shoe makes use of a traditional lace-closure system for fit adjustment and secure lockdown.

Go flashy the old-school way. The Vans Checkerboard Old Skool is a funky shoe that just looks hip no matter how you style it. The sneaker particularly looks great with olive shades. One way women can wear the sneaker is to pair it with short denim overalls and a tank top in tonal shades of olive. Men can utilize the same green hue in their jeans and combine it with a black tee.

The coveted Vans checkerboard print has found a new home in the iconic Old Skool, resulting in a head-turning footwear that anyone would be proud to show off. This sharp-looking new style, however, is accompanied by the same trusty sturdiness, flexibility, and comfort of the Old Skool silhouette.

The Vans Checkerboard Old Skool is inspired by the legendary silhouette that has remained in production despite being released some forty odd years ago. In 1977, the brand debuted the Old Skool, their first ever model to feature the famous leather sidestripe that proclaims a shoe is unmistakably Vans.

The Old Skool had a hip style and was a favorite among skateboarders and everyone else who wanted to get away from the mainstream shoes of the time. The sneaker was made of suede and canvas and had reinforced toecaps. The design also had the happy coincidence of being ideal for unleashing creativity, and soon Vans Old Skool shoes with shades and doodles of all kinds were sprouting up, courtesy of their artistic owners.

Despite the decades that have passed since the icon’s release, it has remained as relevant as ever. One proof of this is the number of iterations and collabs that have come out based on the low-top’s silhouette. One example of which is this very retro-inspired Checkerboard Old Skool that combines the two of the best things that the brand is known for—the Old Skool silhouette and the checkerboard print that debuted on Style #48, or more commonly known as the Checkerboard Slip-On.

  • The Vans Checkerboard Old Skool features a suede material on the toecap, heel, and along the tongue for added durability while canvas covers most of the shoe’s upper.

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