Chances are, if you were an adolescent any time from the late Seventies to the late Nineties, at some point you owned a skateboard. Which usually meant also owning Vans with which to ride it.
Suddenly that style of slip-on skate shoe is back in the spotlight. But these luxurious high-fashion sneakers are unlike the pairs you owned in your younger days, although they do reprise the laid-back aesthetic. Incorporating the vulcanised, high-grip rubber soles and the pleasingly rounded toe of a skate shoe, these 2014 versions are made from python, suede and calfskin.
Designers including Lanvin, Gucci and Givenchy have gone all-out to make their shoes as lavish as possible, and are encouraging you to wear them with oversized shorts in silk and sleek baseball shirts in Sea Island cotton. But you can wear yours with jeans, if you like.
Here are Esquire’s four favourites. Rad.
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