The Best of Vans Shoes

Vans Shoes

Here's a slick collection of limited editions and very classic sneakers from Vans. If you can't find any of these styles at your usual sneaker outlets, keep checking Ebay.

All styles here are available in other colors, and they are not listed in a particular order.

The Vans Authentic Core Classic casual skate shoe is THE original classic. It is the shoe that started it all for Vans and has remained a favorite since 1966. From pro skateboarders to the clerk behind the counter at your local 7-11 - the Authentic casual is flexible, versatile and highly visible across all sub-cultures.

Vans classic slip-ons are legendary for their simplicity and versatility. Found in a variety of bold colors and exciting patterns allowing you to express yourself, these are designed for everyday casual living and can be matched up for all occasions. Stock up on a couple pairs for the spring and summer for the slip-on gives you slacker comfort with overachiever grip.

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Vans Sk8 Hi Standard Issue LX

First released in spring 2010, this Vans Sk8 Hi Standard Issue LX is based on the silhouette of the classic Sk8 Hi. The sneaker comes in a mix of canvas and suede, and the only main difference to the classic model are the side-panels, as well as the tongue tag.

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Vans Era Rip Stop (Dark Gray/White)

Vans just keeps rolling out their classic models in different colorways and textures, and somehow it doesn’t get old! The best place to find these are on Ebay. This Vans Era Ripstop originally released as part of the label's spring 2010 footwear collection.

Pearl Jam is one of the great cornerstone bands of the ever-influential grunge movement. Since their first album, Ten, was released in 1991, they have proven to have the musical staying power only claimed by rock and roll legends. The Vans x Pearl Jam Sk8-Hi collaboration was released with a lot of pride because these musicians are also avid skate and surf enthusiasts, and longtime Vans supporters. More »
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Supreme X Vans SK-Hi SL Public Enemy

The soles of these sneakers carry a popular line from Public Enemy's greatest album which reads, "It takes a nation to hold us back." It'll certainly take much more than just a nation to hold back any sneakerhead from adding these kicks to their collection.

The Zapato del Barco is a vintage old style boat/deck shoe made from all canvas (or suede) and given a rough edge for a worn look. You can find these popular shoes at any Vans retailer.

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Vans Era 59 CA “Suede & Leather”

Straight from the Vans Vault comes two new versions of the Vans Era 59 CA -- released last fall. Suede and leather are combined to create a slick look complimented with casual rubber soles. Good luck finding this one.
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Sk8-Hi Caution Pack

The shoes in the Caution Pack pack represent roadway signs and signals, complimented with both leather and suede uppers, and the signature caution print in yellow on the sole. The SK8-Hi in this series is very cool if you wear them right.
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HUF x Vans Old Skools

Released at the end of 2009, HUF gave us a first look into their latest project alongside Vans. Taking on the classic Old Skool, the San Francisco-based retailer/brand worked up three two-tone colorways, all constructed of canvas with grain leather heelcups. Other details include a custom printed triangle pattern on the midsoles and custom woven labels/embroidery throughout.

There are slight differences between the Vans Era and the Vans Authentic. The classic colorways of the Authentic are unmatched, while the comfort offered by the Era is top notch. However, the Era is available in a wider variety of styles than the Authentic. The Era is featured in 22 different styles, from a simple canvas Era to an Era with a combination of suede and denim. The Authentic, on the other hand, is only available in 12 different styles, from a simple checkerboard style to the multi-pinstripe variety. Both the Authentic and Era are most popular in basic black with white soles. It all just depends if you want a chunkier or slimmer shoe. Keep in mind, the Era is the slimmer of the two.

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Vans Hosoi LTD SK8-Hi

Let's take a look back at the Vans x Christian Hosoi Part 1. Designed by one of the 10 most stylish and influential skateboarders of all time, Christian Hosoi was the most famously progressive skateboarder in the world for much of the '80s. His classic suede and canvas model is enhanced with an upgraded polyurethane foam footbed that increases cushioning and compliments the grip of the Vans waffle sole. This was the first model in a series. Good luck finding it.

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Vans Vault Hi Fi LX

In Fall 2009, Vans Vault released a new high top sneaker called the Hi Fi LX. The sneaker was made available in an all black pony hair version, a black/white pony hair zebra pattern and a gold/purple colorway. The sneaker features regular lacing at the bottom and hooks a the top, similar to hiking boots. You can still find the zebra and black pony hair versions for sale in many outlets.

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Vans Half Cab Samil

The Vans Half Cab Samil is so punk rock it's royally sick. Everything about these sneakers is perfect. I like the gray textile blend used for the upper and the colors fit so right matched against it. Whether you skate or not, or if you're metrosexualian, these could easily swing with 'couture'. These are stylistically on point.

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Vans Era Wing Tip

Featuring old school sleekness and classic styling with casual simplicity, the Era Vans Wingtip is extra sharp for the super fresh gangsta look. Wear these with a suit or shorts, and the folks, particularly the felines, will think you're absolutely charming, Charlie.
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Vans Authentic Purple Corduroy

There's always slickness in simplicity, and this super basic classic Van's lace-up looks good simple. Get them in this plain purple suede and corduroy mix and you'll be a gorgeous grape.