It’s been a long time since I wore Vans myself (and an even longer time since I last skated in a pair), but when the lovely folk at Extreme Pie offered us a pair to try, I did the right thing and introduced Neil to the brand.
His thoughts on Vans?
The quality construction of these is immediately obvious when you open the box. They feel solid in the hand, as though they’ll be happy putting up with whatever you want to throw at them. This sturdy feel continues when you wear them, without feeling heavy and too bulky, and they feel very protective on your feet. Grip is superb on all surfaces.
I’m not used to expensive sports shoes, so the need to give these a little run-in time was a surprise. Initially stiff and a little uncomfortable, they started to give after a day of wearing around the house. After a few days, they have softened-up nicely, though still have some way to go to fulfil the comfort they appear to promise.
They are a little bulky for my taste, around the ankle, and particularly the tongue. With my foot shape, a heavy tongue can be tricky to settle in the correct position, and these were no different. It took a little time to achieve the desired tension through the laces. The shoes grip the laces quite firmly, so there’s less scope for them self-adjusting on your feet, and I’m still fiddling to get the tension just right and avoid foot movement within the shoe, particularly at the heel – though this is not an uncommon problem for me. Again, this is all a matter of giving them run-in time, much as you would expect from a good pair of shoes.
These Vans look and feel as though they will last me years.
Sounds like a new fan of Vans to me. For what it’s worth, I agree with most of what he’s said about Vans; I found my Vans chunky and needed a run-in, etc., but they indeed lasted years and years.
There are several things that caught my eye in the Extreme Pie shop, and with this coastal life we’re leading, I’m sure we’ll be doing a little future kitting out with them.
Vans shoes provided for the purpose of review by Extreme Pie.
I have not been paid otherwise.