How to Make Your Own Vans Slip Ons

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How to Make Your Own Vans Slip Ons
Van's Slip-on shoes are easy to customise. (shoes image by max blain from

Vans are made by the iconic shoe company that was started in 1966 by Paul Van Doren. The shoe company caters to the skateboarding and snowboard crowd with their public skateparks nationwide. The Vans company manufactures a wide range of shoe styles, such as Era, 106 and Old Skool, with the classic Slip-on style remaining a customer favourite for all ages. The Slip-ons' customisation includes the elastic gore around the inner part of the shoe as well as the top and sides.

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Things you need

  • Access to Van's Custom Shoes website

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  1. 1

    Go to Van's main website, and click on the "Shop" link. On the left side under "Shop By" click the Custom Shoes page. Click on the photo of the Slip-on style of shoe to enter the Slip-on customisation section.

  2. 2

    Select the gender of the shoe receipient. Then select the size. Click the "Next" button to pick your colour or pattern.

  3. 3

    Choose a blank black or white shoe to begin with. If you are having trouble making a choice, choose a suggested styleto help you get started with ideas for colours and patterns.

  4. 4

    Pick a colour or pattern for the Vamp, the Quarter or the Heel Counter. These are the only parts that can be customised with either a colour or a pattern. The Vamp section is the top part of the shoe. The Quarter is the thin part that goes all around the side and back. The Heel Counter is the back part of the shoe.

  5. 5

    Choose your colours for the Vamp Binding or Foxing Stripe. The Vamp Binding is the thin edging covering the top. The Foxing Stripe is a thin stripe above the rubber part that is moulded around the bottom part of the shoe.

  6. 6

    Decide whether you want black or white colours for the remaining parts of the shoe: Foxing, Elastic Gore or the Collar Lining. The Foxing is the rubber moulded part on the bottom of the shoe. The Collar Lining and the Elastic Gore both are fairly hidden while being worn, yet they can be customised as well.

  7. 7

    Click the "Add To Cart" button to purchase the newly customised Van's Slip-on shoes.

Tips and warnings

  • If you need help at any time during the customisation process, click the "Help" button.
  • Once you finish customising the shoe, the finished style can be saved or printed out so you can think about it before making a purchase, or make changes later.

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