While slip-on shoes have technically been around since the 1930s, it wasn’t until Vans popularised the style in the 70s that they really took off. When we think of shoes, these make it up to the top tier – an everyday essential that has been synonymous with sport, culture and now, high-fashion.
With Vans originally dubbing the shoe ‘Style 98’, the slip-on soon became one of their best sellers for its simplicity and functionality. Combined with the explosion of the skate scene in Southern California at the time of inception, the original Vans slip-on was favoured for its rubber sole and durability: it was the perfect skate shoe. Since then, the style has been adopted by almost every other sneaker brand – think Nike’s slip on Janoskis, or the Slip On CC from Converse.
With fashion and skate culture’s ongoing relationship, it seems only natural that we’re continuing to see the slip-on integrated into the sneaker lineups of luxury brands. Louis Vuitton has just released its Ollie Slip-On: an all-black textile sneaker embossed with the brand’s monogram. This isn’t the first time the luxury brand has embraced skate culture and its aesthetics, having previously collabed with Lucien Clarke on a shoe dubbed ‘A View’.
With the Ollie, it’s hard to ignore Vans’ influence. The minimalist, yet updated skate-inspired silhouette is as versatile as it is pricey, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to style them.
LEVIS VINTAGE CLOTHING RIBCAGE HIGH RISE STRAIGHT LEG JEAN – £109 / US$148 (APPROX.)
AWAKE NY FAUX FUR LEOPARD LINED COACH JACKET – £253 / US$310
ACNE STUDIOS VALLY CHECK SCARF – £220 / US$220
SUPER DREW MAMA SUNGLASSES – £135 / US$165
BAG ‘N’ NOUN ULTRA LIGHT TOOLBAG – £175 / US$215
JACQUEMUS STRAIGHT LEG CARGO PANTS – £633 / US$285
KEEP HUSH FELIX TEE – £24 / US$33 (APPROX.)
HANNAH JEWETT SUCCULENT FLAME EARRINGS – £240 / US$325 (APPROX.)
ANTON BELINSKIY SPECIAL BAG 1 – £270/ US$366 (APPROX.)
AMI PARIS AMI DE CŒUR CARDIGAN – £296 / $400 (APPROX.)
COMMAS TOWEL STRIPE PRINT SHIRT – £295 / $399 (APPROX.)
GUCCI BEE EMBROIDERED TIE – £160 / $216 (APPROX.)
JIL SANDER WIDE LEG JEANS – £465 / $629 (APPROX.)