Size and fit

Vans Flame Slip-On comes naturally comfortable with its breathable canvas upper, moderately padded collar, and lightly cushioned footbed. Its laceless form offers the ease of slipping in and out of the shoe. The elastic side gusset offers a lockdown fit. This true to size sneaker may be purchased in sizes from 6.5 to 13 US and 5.5 to 14.5 US in men’s and women’s respectively.

Vans Flame Slip-On Style

The former checkerboard cover of the Vans Slip-On is rectified with a bespoke flame design. Still turning up with a simple laceless structure, the Vans Flames Slip-On is dressed with a durable canvas upper in black shade. Emblazoned with a flame print, this sneaker puts a stylish beat to your white tees and cropped pants; a punk up look to your leather jacket and black jeans; uptown vibe to a tailored suit and tapered pants.

Notable Features

Comfort, convenience, and character are the three C’s that makes this modestly structured sneaker a hot commodity. The Vans Flame Slip-On isn’t blazing with explosive features but with typical cushioning elements but crafted with high quality. Behind its catchy graphic lies some of the signature Vans features such as reinforced upper and sticky waffle sole.

Vans Flame Slip-On History

One of the best decisions ever made by brothers Paul Van Dore n and James Van Doren is to open up a shoe store in Anaheim, California on March 16, 1966. Originally named the Van Doren Rubber Company formulated along with their colleagues Serge D’Elia and Gordon Lee, the store became a go-to landmark by avid skateboarders as it holds some of the most talked about skate shoes in the market back then.

Apart from its laced-up front liners, the Vans Authentic, Era, Old Skool, and SK8-Hi, another style that’s spiking a fever in Vans’ roster is the Vans Slip-On. This laceless model which was originally called the Vans Style #48 was a game changer when it emerged in 1977. Its conveniently structured body and comfort features received tons of support from a breed of Vans followers.

The initial design of the Vans Style #48 later became a trademark print of Vans, the checkerboard. The simple, colored square pattern became immensely popular that it even hit the big screen with the filming of the Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In the movie, its lead star Sean Penn was seen a couple of times clasping a pair of checkered Vans Slip-On.

After several milestone decades, the Vans Slip-On gets an updated look using different graphics and concepts for its upper. Another design that’s creating a positive impact on consumers is the Vans Flames Slip-On. As its name implies, this shoe is designed with blazing hot red flame graphic on the side panels against a charcoal black canvas backdrop that covers the entire upper.

Additional Info

  • The lining of the Vans Flames Slip-On is made of canvas.
  • A small Vans tag is stitched on the lateral side.
  • Rubberized Vans Off the Wall branding is placed on the heel.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Slip-On
Closure: Slip-on
Material: Canvas, Rubber Sole, Vulc Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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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.