The classic Vans Old Skool has been staple footwear from one generation to the next, whether you’re into skate culture or not — that wavy Sidestripe’s enduring indeed. And it looks like Vans is about to improve upon it too. This Summer, they’re introducing the EVDNT UltimateWaffle, a shoe that leverages on their experience in skate shoe technology, and made even more comfortable for all-day wear.
Of the new silhouette, the first thing you’ll notice would probably be the translucent outsole, one that combines a built-in UltraCush™ insole with an internal stabilising shank for more cushioning and support. “The overall idea was to keep all the durability and function of a skate shoe and add the comfort and cushioning of an everyday shoe,” said Nathanial Iott, senior director of footwear design at Vans, on the new lifestyle shoe.
Compared to the Old Skool, the EVDNT features a sleek and tapered silhouette that’s made to seamlessly pair with any OOTD of yours, while a LuxLiner™ interior gives a sock-like fit for even more comfort. Other key design details including breathable knitted mesh uppers, leather overlays and rubber accent pieces are sporty-looking, which go with the futuristic look of the translucent outsole. Even the colour schemes are extra playful this time round. White on black, white and grey, as well as a marshmallow mint make the cut, while — what do you know — so does a flipped version of the iconic Sidestripe, which make these kicks as unique as they come.
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The EVDNT UltimateWaffle, $79 – $159. Available in adult, toddler, and kids’ sizes at Vans retailers and EVDNT UltimateWaffle.