The Ultimate Summer Sneaker Just Got a Stylish New Remix

When talking about summertime kicks, are a few quintessential sneakers come to mind: a crispy white pair of Adidas Stan Smiths, maybe, or the gum-soled Nike Killshot 2. But no sneaker is better served for warm weather and lazy summer days than Vans’ legendary slip-on—especially in the iconic checkerboard print. For years, we’ve been telling you about the power of this magical shoe: it’s simple, easy to wear, and looks just as good with trousers as it does swim trunks. Just in time for the vibiest season, Vans has teamed up with the beloved menswear label Engineered Garments on yet another version of the beloved kicks with a quirky little twist.

Engineered Garments is no stranger to collaborating with Vans; dressing up the California company’s sneakers with off-kilter details has become a signature of sorts for the brand. It ties right back to the label’s own collection: pants and shirts infused with offbeat twists and finished with beautiful imperfections.

You might not notice it at first, but a closer look at these limited-edition Vans reveals deliberately mismatched materials: one sneaker featured a base of buffed leather and the other of suede. It’s very subtle, just the type of wink-wink that only other sneakerheads and Engineered Garments diehards will pick up on. But it’s also so low-key that it doesn’t take away from the magic of the original. It’s the perfect little tweak that takes the sneaker from regular to ultra-stylish.

Beloved menswear labels aside, Vans slip-on sneakers are worn by everyone from skate rats to dressy prepsters to fashion editors. The shoe is universally loved, and for good reason: it’s wildly fashionable and extremely comfortable to wear. The checkerboard version of the slip-on is perhaps the style’s most iconic look, and now you can get the always-classic pattern with a wonderfully weird finish.

Vans x Engineered Garments embossed checkerboard slip-on

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Vans x Engineered Garments embossed checkerboard slip-on

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