The 10 Most Iconic Vans Sneakers Ever

Note: This page was last updated Nov. 29, 2018.

Skaters are notoriously fickle, but Vans has found a way to keep them loyal since the brand’s creation in 1966 with its arsenal of great-looking high-performance shoes. FN looks back at 10 of Vans’ most iconic kicks.

Authentic

Debut: 1966

This style was Vans’ first deck shoe and has since been embraced by professional skaters for its durability and grip.

Vans Authentic
Vans Authentic style.
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To buy: $52, urbanoutfitters.com.

Era

Debut: 1976

The Era style was designed by pro skaters Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta. It was also the shoe that launched the “Off the Wall” logo.

Vans Era
Vans Era style.
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To buy: Available in a similar colorway for $50 at zappos.com

Classic Slip On

Debut: 1977

The iconic slip-on rose to fame after being worn by Sean Penn’s surfer character Jeff Spicoli in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

Vans Slip-On
Vans Slip-On style.
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To buy: $50 at zappos.com.

Old Skool

Debut: 1977

The Old Skool sneaker debuted the brand’s now-signature Jazz Stripe — a design that began as a random doodle by founder Paul Van Doren.

Vans Old Skool
Vans Old Skool shoe.
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To buy: $60 at zappos.com.

SK8-HI

Debut: 1978

The signature Sk8-Hi was born with a focus on new performance functions, like a higher silhouette shielding ankles from injuries.

Vans Sk8-Hi
Vans Sk8-Hi style.
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To buy: $65 at zappos.com.

Half Cab

Debut: 1992

As more technical flip-tricks burst onto the scene, skaters began flipping the collar of their shoes down — thus, a lower half-cab style emerged.

Vans Half Cab
Vans Half Cab sneaker.
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To buy: $65 at zappos.com.

Chukka Low

Debut: 2006

Designed in collaboration with the Vans amateur skate team in 2006, the Chukka Low is now available in a variety of customizable finishes.

Vans Chukka Low
Vans Chukka Low style.
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To buy: $65 at zappos.com.

Alomar

Debut: 2010

This popular skate style was the premium high-top version of the “106 Low Top.”

Vans Alomar
Vans Alomar shoe
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To buy: Available in a similar style for $90 at zappos.com.

Nexpa

Debut: 2011

The Nexpa is the look of choice for the Vans surf team. The clean, no-fuss sandal brings athletic foam comfort to its classic design.

Vans Nexpa
Vans Nexpa flip-flop.
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To buy: Available in an all-black for $28 at tillys.com.

Chima Pro

Debut: 2013

The Chima’s updated design features new lightweight internal elements like a Duracap upper reinforcement that prolongs the shoe’s lifespan.

Vans Chima Pro
Vans Chima Pro sneaker.
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To buy: Available in a similar style for $70 at zappos.com.

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