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Cool Outfit Ideas to Rock With Checkered Vans Slip-Ons | The_ONES

1 Sneaker, 3 Ways: Checkered Vans Slip-Ons

In the late '70s, Steve Van Doren (son of Vans co-founder Paul) noticed teenagers inking checkers onto the rubber midsole of their Vans, so he designed the checkerboard Slip-On. But it wasn't until 1982, when Sean Penn wore them in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, that the checkered Van really skyrocketed to popularity. Thanks, Spicoli!

Over the years, they’ve gotten more style play as casual-chic kicks that round out practically any number of outfits, no matter your personal style. And as shown by these three looks—from an any-occasion, all-black look to an athleisure get-up suited for a 9-to-5—they simply do what true classics do best: Prevail.


1. Black Out

You can’t go wrong with black-on-black, of course, but there’s something oh-so casual about a simple T tucked into high-waisted pants that makes it just right for virtually any situation—the office, the bar, the halfpipe, all of the above. Think of this high-low combo as laid-back not lazy, and all the more so when the pants are cuffed to give a pair of checkered Slip-On Vans the spotlight they deserve.


2. #GirlBoss

Athleisure meets business casual with this power ensemble in which a pink puffer and coordinating track pants are totally office-okay when topped with a white button-down that keeps it profesh. Toe that happy medium with a pair of classic slip-ons that ground the look with a checkered pop; then accessorize with a working-girl satchel and you’re ready to roll.


3. The Party Mix

A fuzzy-collared, kimono-floral jacket contrasted with a pair of checkered kicks seems like a pattern mash-up that’s charmingly eclectic in theory but tough to pull off. But when they’re tied together with a light-blue dress flitting effortlessly from day to night, the prints perfectly sync up for a look that’s dance-party ready.



Written by Dickson Wong.



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