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What's up with Vans?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by tiger02, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. lupin23rd

    lupin23rd Well-Known Member

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    Thought i'd resurrect this thread, just ordered some white authentic lace-ups (the kind we had back in my day), and was horrified to find that the white was not actually a true white but looks like a beige.

    Guess I will probably have to send these back for what is described as a "true-white" on the site, although I see that's only for slip-ons.

    When I came to SF people were always talking about the slip-ons. Were they a classic from the beginning? I had never heard of them till I came here and I haven't been here for a couple years yet.

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  2. Brian SD

    Brian SD Senior member

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    Not sure what the particular draw is to me but I love pure white vans. IMO best shoes in existence.
     
  3. cheapmutha

    cheapmutha Senior member

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    half cabs have always been some of my favorite shoes... probably from growing up skatebaording in the 90s when they were huge. great clean design. it kinda makes me think that it is vans take on the dunk from the late 80s.
     
  4. jet

    jet Senior member

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    It's a cali thing like chucks (the two are practically cousins), originated in oc from the skate/surf scene when I was growing up. It has become popularized b/c of its subculture following to the mainstreaming with styles copied by likes of designers of gucci etc. I have 5 pairs of slip-ons and they are obscenely comfortable

    true whites
    black suedes (go with everything)
    navy suedes
    gray suedes
    two-tone ivory/beige suede loomstate editions
     
  5. jean_connoisseur23

    jean_connoisseur23 Senior member

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    i really dont know...since i've been seeing people wearing sk8hi's or checkered slipons-i've been buying them..they've gotten better and better over the years though
     
  6. kapay

    kapay Well-Known Member

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    Vans have always been popular but a large influx (at least in the Bay Area) of popularity spurs from the Hyphy movement in the bay. There's even a song about throwing out your Nikes and buying Vans instead. So basically. It's the anti-Nike. Easy to wear, buy, is cheap, and if you scuff them you can buy new ones.
     
  7. keal

    keal Senior member

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    Not sure what the particular draw is to me but I love pure white vans. IMO best shoes in existence.

    I owned about 3 pairs of white Vans in the early 80's. I wore them with everything! I think there was an open-mesh type? I know I had a few of them but they might not have been actual Vans. But I think they were.

    Need to add Vans to my shopping list [​IMG]
     
  8. stach

    stach Senior member

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    An anti fashion victim shoe. [​IMG]
     
  9. tiger02

    tiger02 Senior member

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    An anti fashion victim shoe. [​IMG]
    Actually, they look like Vans (R). That's not very generic. The rest is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.
     
  10. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    I wear the Vans Old Skool in black. Goes with everything, clean looks, comfortable as hell. I wouldn't trade these for any old styles of Nike.
     
  11. patience82

    patience82 Member

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    I'm considering getting a pair of hemp Sk8-His (as seen below) but I'm not sure how the material will hold up in the long run. Can anybody help me out in this area?

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