A lot of current streetwear/casual designer clothing is subculture-related, as well, and Vans has a history as the first real skate shoe. Also seems the current trend is (in general, here, there are exceptions) away from chunkier kicks (e.g., dunks) toward more streamlined (e.g., the basic vans slipon). Personally, I love the Old Skool
, half cab
, and sk8 hi
, too, though I can see how they wouldn't appeal to everyone (half cab and sk8 hi are pretty awkward looking shoes). I can't really pull off the slip on. Despite what Edward Appleby says, I think they're too low-profile, rather than fat, and look best with skinny jeans. (I think the folks who wear larger-sized clothes and then a dainty slip on look a little out of proportion, honestly). About a decade ago (or more?) Vans moved away from their basic gum rubber outsole shoes to more skate-technical shoes, which I'd guess are on 20% of middle school kids in America. I don't think you'll see a lot of these
in the styleforum what are you wearing thread. Plus, with Marc Jacobs designing some Vans and the company licensing limited edition stuff (Vault, syndicate, etc.) their exclusivity makes them appealing to sneaker fiends. Kind of off-topic, does anyone have a pic of the original Salman Agah model?