The woven ones
Artist Taka Hayashi takes old-school Vans slip-ons to the next level.
Even in an age when new sneaker drops trigger mass hysteria, Vans isn’t fixing what ain’t broke. The checkerboard slip-on? That’s an unqualified hit. So too are the brand’s collaborations with Japanese-American artist Taka Hayashi, whose capsule collections for Vault by Vans (the skate stalwart’s premium line) have become such cult favorites that they’ve now partnered a whopping 19 times.
It’s easy to see why. Hayashi’s designs build on the brand’s SoCal street cred with sophisticated materials and global influences while still respecting the original silhouettes. The standout this year is a new spin on the classic checkerboard slip-on, now rendered in basket-woven nubuck leather—the kind of luxe kicks you could imagine Spicoli wearing if he were to take a junior year abroad. Sure, they’re handsome, but their greatest strength might be their versatility. You can wear them with beat-up jeans or a summer suit, at the bar or at the skate park. (Just maybe not one right after the other.)