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  • Top

    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
    $60
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Fit & Sizing

The Vans Mix Checker Old Skool comes in unisex sizing, ranging from 3.5 boys/5.0 women up to 13.0 men/14.5 women. It fits true to size and is offered in medium width. It has a padded low top collar that provides comfort for the ankle while at the same time letting it move freely. Suede and canvas are used for the upper, which delivers solid support for the foot. Rounding off the fit is the lace-up system which keeps things snug and secure.   

Vans Mix Checker Old Skool Style

Its checkered pattern makes the low-top Vans Mix Checker Old Skool a head-turning, unique-looking shoe. It’s a versatile design that can be paired with different kinds of casual outfits. The kicks are also ideal for giving one’s outfit an extra stylish accent. Pants, skinny jeans or leggings in black will make the shoes pop. T-shirts and a jacket or hoodie will complete the chic urban look. 

Notable Features

Mingling two Vans signature looks, the Vans Mix Checker Old Skool features a classic silhouette and an iconic pattern. It also has a balanced look that incorporates both small-scale and large-scale checkers across the upper. On its sides is the Jazz Stripe for an added fashionable flair, which also serves as a divider between the two checker patterns. 

Additional Vans branding is found on the Off The Wall logo on the heel tab. Stitch detailing gives the shoe a subtle urban appeal, while its clean white midsole keeps the appearance neat and straightforward. For a timeless look, a distinctive rounded toe design is utilized, along with classic, flat white laces.   

Vans Mix Checker Old Skool History

In 1966, the Van Doren Rubber Company was launched, selling exactly twelve pairs of deck shoes during the opening day of its first store in Anaheim, California. This model then became the “Authentic,” a classic Vans hallmark. Since then, the brand has produced several other classic models, such as “Style 36” or what is now known as the Old Skool.

The sneaker first hit the shelves in 1977, bearing the Jazz Stripe on its sides, another iconic Vans symbol. It was the first shoe from the company to incorporate leather panels. It particularly became a fan favorite in the 1980s during the customization trend as it had many materials and panels for people to draw on. Around the time when the Old Skool was released, Vans also experimented with a checkerboard pattern on its shoes.

Steve Van Doren, the son of company founder Paul Van Doren, had observed young people drawing a checkered pattern across the sides of their kicks. He decided to bring the same design to the brand’s canvas shoes, and the result is “Style 48,” released in the late 1970s. Years later, the pattern would grace the Vans Slip-On, becoming a classic and unforgettable Vans sneaker.

The shoe and its eye-catching design would achieve mainstream success when it was featured in the highly popular 1982 movie "Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” where it was worn by the character Jeff Spicoli. In January 2018, Vans decided to pay tribute to the checkerboard legacy with the Mix Checker Old Skool. The classic pattern is featured on another iconic silhouette, making this model a modern style staple for any sneaker lover.  

Additional Info

  • The toecap is reinforced to deliver added durability.  
  • Comfort is offered by the padded collar. 
  • Support and flexibility are provided by the signature Vans rubber waffle outsole. 

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