Anaheim-based skate shoe brand Vans dropped a hairy suede iteration of its iconic Vans Classic Slip-On silhouette. As with other Vans Slip-On models, the shoe is a unisex model with sizes ranging from US men’s 3/ women’s 5 to men’s 13/ women’s 14.5 in Medium (Standard) width. The fit is true to size for most wearers.
This shoe would not be called as such if not for its slip-on construction, which easily translates to versatility and convenience. The addition of dual elastic side goring makes wearing it a lot easier and more convenient.
For its Hairy Suede Pack, Vans revamped the legendary Vans Classic Slip-On with a textured suede upper for a fresh look. This shoe retained the easy-to-style and straightforward façade of the original and classic Slip-On, but the material used is a thickly-textured suede that gives out a hair-like feel.
The hairy suede upper sits atop a clean white midsole for contrast. Vans' brandings are minimal and barely visible on the sides, heel, and insoles.
The Vans Hair Suede Classic Slip-On unisex sneakers exhibit a suede upper – but not the usual rich, soft, and buttery suede material used on most sneakers. The upper part of this iteration utilizes a suede that is cut from the back such that the fibers remain on the surface, hence the “hairy suede” texture.
The sneakers industry today is filled with classic models, some revamped to suit the modern-day market better. Like Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Puma, or other renowned footwear brands, the Anaheim, California-based Vans also has its shares of classic models that remain relevant even now.
An established and considered icon from Vans is the Vans Classic Slip-On. It debuted in 1977 as the Style #98 shoe with signature features including a slip-on construction and flexible rubber outsole. Its versatility is a vital factor for its worldwide success.
The Classic Slip-On quickly became a favorite go-to shoe among skateboarders, surfers, BMX riders, and casual wearers. It released in multiple colorways and material variations or upgrades. Its legendary “Checkerboard” rendition, in particular, appeared in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Recently, Vans released a Hairy Suede Pack which involved the Vans Classic Slip-On silhouette. For this release, the brand transformed the slip-on model and used a textured, hairy suede as the primary upper material of the shoe. The Vans Hairy Suede Classic Slip-On is initially available in Sunflower and Sky Captain colorways for $65 a pair.
- This shoe is also referred to as the Vans Hairy Suede Slip-On or Vans Classic Slip-On Hairy Suede.
- The Vans Hairy Suede Classic Slip-On also features a signature vulcanized rubber waffle outsole.