When southern California shoe company Vans released its first waffle-soled sneakers, skateboarders snapped them up: They were rugged, cheap and low-key cool. And they still are (a basic pair runs around $45). But that hasn’t kept fashion houses from Gucci to Givenchy from producing similar slip-ons for more than 10 times the price in high-end fabrics and leathers. As sleek and stylish as they are, we’d rather spend our money on a closetful of the classic.
Common Projects and Belgian designer Tim Coppens teamed up on these bold slip-ons. $575.