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 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.
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.
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.
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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
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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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Vans x Peanuts Slip-On History
American skate shoe company Vans was established in Anaheim, California by the Van Doren Brothers. James and Paul Van Doren built their little shop by selling a shoe model with almost minimalist design and function. The Vans Authentic model has remained unchanged since it was released some 50 years ago and has existed since Vans’ first opening. First sold on March 16, 1966, the Vans Authentic sneaker was designed by the shoe firm’s co-founder Paul Van Doren.
Ever since the skateboarding culture started in the California, Vans shoes seem to be devoted to the evolution of the sport over the years from the Golden State’s skateboarding scene to the rest of the US. While its affection appears to be linked to the evolution of skateboarding culture, the American footwear brand also became widely held in the punk rock generation with the Vans Authentic seemingly becoming a cult favorite in the grunge and punk rock group.
However, the 1980s have seen the growth in sales of one particular model – the Classic Slip-On. Known as the Vans style #98, it was created in 1977. The laidback design immediately gained popularity for its natural slip-on feature and minimalist design. Paul Van Doren’s son Steve saw that during the 1970’s teenagers and skaters wearing the Vans Slip-On are using black pens to color the rubber midsole of their sneakers and draw the checkerboard pattern. This resulted to the birth of the important variation called the Checkerboard Slip-on which was further popularized by Sean Penn’s character Jeff Spicoli in the Hollywood movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
The Vans Checkerboard Slip-On has been a favorite throughout time for many and continued to expand its influence not just in sport, music, or the subculture, but also in the fashion world. It is an icon created by Vans that is highly sought-after by many.
A refreshing new look for the iconic low-top slip-on sneaker is the Vans x Peanuts Authentic collaboration. The partnership started way back in the 1980s when the company first collaborated with the famous animated comic strip and animation company led then by the legendary artist Charles M. Schulz. The Vans Company has since been releasing vintage illustrations of the Peanuts gang from the 1960s to the 1980s into Vans classic silhouettes by bringing “Off The Wall” elements into the iconic Peanuts comic strip moments to the animated series. The Vans x Peanuts collaboration involves not only footwear but also apparel and accessories released in retailers and concept stores worldwide.
The Vans x Peanuts collection pays homage to the long-standing relationship between the American shoe company and the beloved characters of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. The latest collection and third installment of the Vans x Peanuts Collection were released June 2017 with several iconic silhouettes like the Authentic, Old Skool, Classic Slip-on, Old Skool V, and SK8-Hi Reissue given the colorful printed Peanuts gang treatment.
Vans x Peanuts Slip-On Style
Decked in the favorite childhood characters of the Peanuts gang including the well-loved Snoopy, the Vans x Peanuts Slip-On is a work of art on its own that is meant to be seen and displayed. The colorful characters of Charles M. Schulz’s most popular comics that later on became an animated feature are something worthy of anyone’s attention.
To better flaunt this colorful display of incredible characters, wearers are advised to wear shorts for men or skirts for women. Skinny jeans in dark colors are also a perfect partner to this low-top sneaker with young characters that has captivated audiences from different generations since the 1980s when the popular animated franchise first collaborated with the Vans brand.
Fit & Sizing
The Vans Classic Slip-On silhouette has always kept a narrow medium fit for wearers to have a sneaker that wraps the foot entirely yet allows quick entry and exit. The low profile sneaker also comes with elastic bands on the sides to set foot in place. The Vans x Peanuts Slip-On comes in sizes 6.5 to 13 for men and 5 to 11.5 for women in half-sizes for a precise fit.
While the minimalist design and quick slip-on and off features of this low-top sneaker seem to be its classic sought-after features, the Vans x Peanuts Slip-On’s main highlight are the Peanuts gang characters of Snoopy and Charlie Brown among other characters printed on the plain black or checkered canvas upper. The characters are neatly decked in eye-catching designs that would be the highlight of one’s outfit once the wearer starts to slip-on the retro-inspired sneakers.
- The design collaboration involved versions of the Peanuts gang in black background. Another version featured Snoopy amidst the fashionable Checkerboard Slip-on design.