Vans Remixes Its Iconic Checkerboard

By Jay Casteel  |  02/09/2018

Vans' now-iconic checkerboard print was first introduced in the late '70s on the Style #48, after Steve Van Doren (son of the Vans founder) noticed kids drawing the pattern across the sidewalls of their shoes. He worked with designers to bring that same pattern to uppers of the canvas model. It now lives on decades later on the Checkerboard Slip-On.

Today, the style is a global icon, immortalized by the character Jeff Spicoli (played by Sean Penn) in the 1982 classic, Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

This month, Vans designers scale down the Checkerboard pattern, juxtaposing both large and small-scale checkers across the vamp and quarter of Vans’ heritage footwear models... for a remixed version of the classic style.

The Authentic leads the pack and uses three different sized variations of checkerboard across the vamp with micro-check pattern lining on the collar. The Sk8-Hi and Old Skool styles use traditional black suede quarter panels and a leather white Sidestripe that splits the quarter panel of each style, allowing for two checkerboard variations. The Classic Slip-On rounds up the assortment and uses macro-sized checks on the vamp with micro-checks along the quarter-panel for a remix on the model that first debuted over 41 years ago.

The Vans Mixed Checkerboard Pack is available now at Vans stores and online.