Snowboarder Magazine’s The Launch event was a breath of fresh air. For riders earning their stripes the season tends to be congested with contests, organizing bodies, and rules. While checking in on arrival day the invited congregation let out a harmonious sigh of relief; the spirit of snowboarding, of freedom and creativity, was sweeping over us, engulfing our souls, and washing our sins.
The stage was set at Snow Summit for four days of ideal southern California ripping. “Sunny n’ Sick” was easily heard throughout The Launch. Why wouldn’t it be? Every day on snow was perfect – the warming sun rays, a gentle breeze, and a light crispness of air that can only be provided by dense pines made The Launch heaven on earth.
The classic checkerboard patter may catch your eye at first, but the simplistic design, practical comfort, and lightweight appeal of the Vans Slip Ons will grab ahold of your heart. These may look like a classic, but they’re not – they’ve been updated with 21st century technology.
Elastic mid-step bands allow for easy entry and exit and a subtle amount of padding line the perimeter of the foot opening. Do they fit snug for their size? Yes, and for good reason, the canvas weave upper will stretch slight throughout it’s lifetime causing for a perfect worn-in fit.
For a low profile shoe the Vans Slip Ons have an unreal amount of cushioning. The insole and outsole are made of a lightweight proprietary foam Vans calls Ultra Cush Lite. Ultra Cush Lite provides great shock absorption and virtually zero break-in time. Out of the box the Vans Slip Ons automatically feel like heaven on earth.
With a skate and beach vibe the Vans Slip Ons stick to grip and leave waffle sole tread patterns in the sand. The slight off-white/ eggshell color tips the hat to the days of yesteryear. Stride with confidence every time you wear the Vans Slip Ons by dressing them up or down and know you’re a step ahead of everyone else.