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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.

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    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


    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.


    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

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    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

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    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.

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The Vans Primary Check Old Skool features the traditional lace-up closure system that lets the wearer customize the fit of the shoes to their preference. Meanwhile, the low-top silhouette allows more fluid movement when walking and wearing it.

This suede and canvas shoe offers flexible support and has been said to run true to size. The sizing range runs in men’s sizes, from 3.5 to 13 US. A unisex pair of shoes, women can also get a pair of the Vans Primary Check Old Skool by choosing a men’s size that is a size and a half smaller than their standard size.

With a simple silhouette and a plain check print, the Vans Primary Check Old Skool takes on the basic construction of a skate shoe and gives it the style and design needed to make it something big in the society of sneaker lovers.

The shoes come in different colorways including black and white; racing red and white; black and true white; blue topaz and blue; and the sleek white and black. All these variations present the opportunity of mixing and matching the Vans Primary Check Old Skool low-top with a whole bunch of outfits easily.

With the unisex design, these sneakers are almost always paired with jeans such as ripped jeans, skinny jeans, cropped jeans, jeggings, even boyfriend jeans for the women, and a simple graphic t-shirt will do wonders. Joggers and shorts are also perfect with these low-tops.  Men can pair it with plaid shirts and a trucker cap for a more casual street look, too. Women can also opt to shy away from the usual jean/shirt get up and go for pairing the sneakers with day dresses. With the right styling, a day dress can work very well with the sneakers.

Versatile in style, the low-top Primary Check Old Skool melds well with comfort which makes it both an excellent and a practical shoe to wear all-year round.

Loaded with essential features that make the Vans Primary Check Old Skool a stunner, these sneakers are a sure welcome to any fashionista's collection.

First off, the design of the shoes, the checker print detailing, gives the low tops the spunk and personality that sets it apart from other Vans shoes. It is also made of quality material that contributes to the overall durability, and the upper has been made with a thick textile and has been double stitched, with the Sidestripe evident on the sides. The signature rubber waffle outsole is sturdy and reliable, offering excellent traction that prevents slippage when walking on wet surfaces.

With the Vans Primary Check Old Skool, the Vans evolution continues to move forward and towards a very promising future of being one of the world’s largest youth culture brands.

When it comes to shoes, it takes a fantastic pair of sneakers to make a mark in the sneaker world. Vans has been at the forefront of releasing such amazing shoes since its inception in 1966. Its biggest market has been skateboarders with the popularity of its shoes rising in the 70s. But even though Vans enjoys a good following amongst this group, its demand with sneakerheads, in general, has also increased beyond comparison in the past years, too.

One of the shoes that Vans has released to much adoration and favor is the Vans Old Skool. Created in 1977, a wide variety of sneakerheads and enthusiasts love it because of its versatility and simplicity. It is also the first Vans shoe that has the very much identifiable leather strip stitched onto the outer panels of the shoe, the Sidestripe. Come the 90s, and the sneakers have reached its peak popularity, becoming a part of the hip-hop culture. Soon, it became a shoe for everyone, a top choice for any activity that one had in mind.

To innovate, Vans made sure to revamp the Vans Old Skool continually. One of its overhauled models is the Vans Primary Check Old Skool. This version of the Old Skool features a canvas and suede checkered upper to give it its distinguished look. Since it has come out, the Primary Check Old Skool has become a cornerstone iteration of the original with this low top lace-up presenting updated patterns and features while keeping the old school silhouette alive.

  • The Vans Primary Check Old Skool has the Vans logo on the heel.
  • It also has reinforced toecaps to withstand the repeated wear and tear.
  • Padded collars on the shoes give better support and flexibility.