6 Fun Pairs of Checkered Vans You Haven't Seen Before
Originally founded in 1966 as The Van Doren Rubber Company, Vans started out as a small family-owned shoe business. By the 1970s, Vans had become a pillar in skate culture, cementing its place as the top footwear choice for skateboarders, BMX bikers, and even surfers when they weren’t riding waves.
Skaters loved them for their durable canvas uppers, supportive midsoles, and grippy rubber outsoles, all of which were important for landing tricks and not shredding through sneakers in a couple of days. In its heyday as the premier performance skate shoe, they could be spotted all over Southern California.
Now, Vans has a global presence. Although Vans’ most popular silhouettes like the Authentic, Era and Slip-On are hardly ever used for performance anymore, they’ve become popular as a staple of modern street style.
The classic black-and-white checkerboard print is practically synonymous with the brand, but Vans’ also makes some lesser-hyped, more unique checkerboard options. From U-Color sneakers that allow you to DIY your own design to camouflage checkerboard and quilted prints, there are plenty of cool checkerboard sneakers that not everyone else will have. And with most Vans priced at $80 or less, you won’t break the bank on a cool pair.