Converse vs. Vans | Cottonable (2022)

Right off the bat let me make one thing clear: there were hundreds of brands out there in the early-to-mid 2000’s that offered high-quality sneakers, I know that. But really, we all know that only two of them counted.

Vans and Converse.

I mean, really, what else would match your black too-tight skinny jeans, obscure band tee and/or plaid shirt, leather strap bracelets, and of course, your highlighted bangs? And before you deny it, be real: we all went through that phase. Not to mention the numerous debates that raged between Vans fans and Chucks fans (but really, let’s face it: Chucks were better).

Set those awkward fashion choices aside, however, and you’ll realize that the only timeless piece in that ensemble were the wicked shoes we rocked.

Show off hands, who here still has their pair of checkered slip-ons or Chuck Taylor’s from like, 2003?

*raises hand immediately*

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Yes, despite the abuse we put them through with all the mosh pits, failed kickflips on a skateboard, long nights walking from a gig to your house because we all spent our money on beer and were left without bus money and no one could drive because we were all 16 (ahhh memories), you’d be surprised at how sturdy Vans and Converse can be.

Of course, nowadays Vans and Converse are worn for their casual look, their easy-going design, or worse…their nostalgic appeal.

Nostalgic appeal! Let that sink in, 30-year old millennials!

Of course, if you really want to set off a 30-something millennial (or, triggerdt, as the kids say these days), you’re going to want to ask: which shoe was better, Vans or Converse?

While you’ll be tempted to side with one against the other, let’s take a hard look at the shoes that defined our punk-pop selves and you’ll see that both shoes have their own unique flavor:

Converse All Stars

Also known as Chuck Taylor’s, Chucks, Cons, All Stars, or that shoe you wrote on (remember that being a thing?), Converse’s Chuck Taylor All-Stars was an absolute must for the pop-punk scene kids who saw their favorite frontmen wear it on stage.

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A little history: Converse started out way back in 1908 as a company that specialized in rubber-soled winterized shoes. In 1910, they started making shoes specifically designed for athletes, one of the first mass-produced athletic shoes in the market. Then, in 1921, Converse teamed up with Charles H. “Chuck” Taylor, one of the early basketball players of the time. Chuck Taylor, seeing Converse’s great work with other athletic shoes, persuaded the company to create a shoe specifically for basketball. Thus, the All-Star was born.

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Since its inception, Chucks haven’t really changed much in terms of design: all-white rubber sole with a fabric body (usually canvas), and available in either high-tops or low-tops. Of course, over time, the monochrome canvas body began to take on different designs, with 00’s scene kids taking the literal blank canvas as an opportunity to get creative by sewing on patches or decorating it with markers.

Chucks were great for the day, at night, for school, at gigs, and everything else in between. Ironic, though, considering that the shoe was made for basketball players and athletes, but was worn and popularized by teens who had too much time on their hands and too much music on their minds. But hey, at least we got to write down emo song lyrics on the sole guard!

Vans Slip-ons

It’s hard to believe that the official merch of skater punks is almost 60 years old, but Vans has been churning out those well beloved slip-ons since 1966. Originating from Anaheim, California, Vans started out as the Van Doren Rubber Company, and was envisioned to be a custom-designed shoe manufacturer. Over time, they expanded their business and became the skatepunk classic that they are today.

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And it’s not just them riding the skating trend: Vans was instrumental in developing the skate culture in California thanks to their comfortable, easy-to-wear, and no-slip shoes that quickly became popular with skate punks everywhere, not to mention their sponsorship of the Warped Tour and their building of numerous skate parks across the state.

From its iconic black-and-white checkered design to monochrome colors and even some print styles, the Vans slip-ons became a skater necessity; the style and functionality of the slip-ons just appealed to the skate kids, like a match made in heaven.

Vans slip-ons are made almost exactly like Chucks: white rubber sole with a canvas body, but this time sans laces. Of course, Vans has other lines of shoes out there that look more like conventional sneakers, but who has the time for that when I’m busy buying my umpteenth slip-on to add to my ever growing collection?!

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Pros & Cons of Converse

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Pros: Design-wise, Chucks have a more versatile look –they’re perfect if you want to relive your pop-punk scene glory days, but they’re also great for a smart-casual look. The canvas body does stain a little easy, but that’s the beauty of All-Stars: they look great dirty.

I have a hard time thinking of any other shoe that still looks bomb despite having dirt streaks all over it. But my favorite part about the All-Star is its sturdiness. Seriously, I’ve had a pair of Chucks that I bought way back in 2003 that are still functional. Granted, I’ve had it repaired with patch work a few times, but heck, that just makes it so much more pop-punk imho!

Con: They can be a little narrow on your feet, and while they are versatile for most occasions, forget about wearing these in the rain (unless you have some kind of hydrophobic spray protecting the canvas).

Design: 5/5. In its almost 100 years of existence, Converse has yet to drastically change the design of the All-Star. And why should they? It works.

Durability: 3/5. The original All-Stars were designed for basketball players to run up and down the hard court. However, the recent designs for the Chuck II have replaced the heavy rubber sole with lightweight polymers. While it provides a more comfortable wear, it does breakdown more often. Not that it matters, considering beat up chucks look punk af.

Comfort: 5/5. They were built for athletes, yes, but they were built to be comfortable shoes that you could wear both in game and out. The Chuck II ups the comfort level with Nike Lunarlon footbeds to give your feet some extra shock absorption.

Cool: 10/5. I mean if it was cool enough for The Ramones, it should be cool enough for you.

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Pros & Cons of Vans

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Pros: Minimalist but highly functional, Vans slip-ons are a must if you’re an active skater or if you’re looking for something that’s casual without being lazy. The rubber sole of the Vans slip-ons are specifically designed to grip a skateboard deck so you don’t slip while trying to perform a kickflip despite having bad knees. It comes in multiple designs, but my favorites are the monochrome colored shoes. Because it comes without laces, the front of the shoe is broad, giving you the option to customize it with your own designs to really accentuate your personality.

Cons: Unlike the All-Stars, Vans’ soles are a little thinner and not as sturdy. I personally collect different designs of Vans slip-ons, but if I wore one for the same duration as my Chucks, they’d fall apart long before my All-Stars would.

Design: 4/5. Simple and minimalistic, Vans’ slip-on shoes are the epitome of DIY. It fits so well with the punk aesthetic because it’s practically a blank canvass for you to draw on. It’s on the plain side, but that’s a draw for some people.

Durability:5/5. As a former long boarder, let me tell you: it’s hell on your sneaks. Which is why Vans takes the cake in terms of durability. Slip-ons can take punishment, from freeriding down a hill or just kickflips in the park. They also require less maintenance than Chucks.

Comfort: 5/5. Probably the closest you’ll get to that barefoot experience, Vans slip-on’s are unparalleled in terms of comfort.

Cool: 4/5. Unless you’re a hardcore skater or neck-deep in the hardcore punk scene, Vans’ slip-ons can look a little contrived on some people. Although, Henry Rollins seems to like him, and I don’t want to mess with that guy.

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Verdict

Let me come right out and say it: I love Chucks and I’ll probably be biased towards them, but whatever, these kinds of debates almost always boil down to subjective, personal preferences. However, there are some undeniable facts, like how Chucks are a little more appropriate for smart-casual affairs, which we all go to now because we’re *shudder* adults. Vans, on the other hand, are perfect for casual settings like brunch or a Sunday out in the park.

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For me, unless you’re an active skater, then a pair of Vans might be a little less versatile than Chucks for kids our age. Yes, it’s fun to reminisce about growing your bangs and rocking out to Sum 41 at your local dive bar, but we’re in our 30’s now, and we need shoes that we use to go to work and meet other adults in the city, much to our teenage self’s disappointment.

Of course, you can’t go wrong with either. Just, you know, leave your star-decorated Chucks or duct-taped-repaired Vans at home and buy yourself a fresh pair.

FAQs

Which one is better Vans or Converse? ›

Not as Durable

The sturdiness of these shoes are slightly less than Converse. Due to Converse being made of a slightly thicker and more rough canvas material, the shoes are able to withstand more wear. Vans tend to wear out quicker, and they also don't have as much arch support as Converse.

How are Vans and Converse different? ›

Vans are comfortable because they are wider than Converse shoes and offer a good grip. However, they have thin insoles and don't offer arch support. On the other hand, Chucks are thin and narrow but mold to your feet's shape when worn in. Converse shoes are not ideal for people with wide feet.

Who came first Converse or Vans? ›

Converse was the first of the two companies to launch, debuting in 1908 as the Converse Rubber Shoe Company in Massachusetts, USA.

Which are wider Vans or Converse? ›

As you can see, the Converse Chucks are about a half size longer than the Vans Sk8-Hi shoes. I personally order my normal sizing in Vans, and size Converse Chucks down a half size, but I like shoes to fit snug. If you prefer a looser fit, you may need to size Vans up a half size.

Do Vans cost more than Converse? ›

Generally, for the Vans Authentic, Classic, Sk8-Hi, you can expect to pay between $50-70 USD, and for Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star low-top and high-top shoes, you can expect to pay between $55-60 USD.

Are Vans Still in Style 2022? ›

Every fashion trend goes out of style eventually, but platforms will be in fashion for quite some time. Are vans out of style? Vans are not trending for fall 2022.

Why is Vans so popular? ›

1: They are Classics. You know there's a reason why people say classics never go out of style. Vans is one of those brands that perfectly captures this meaning. Retro style is still popular and as a brand that's rooted in 1960s skate culture, it's easy to see why.

Are Vans comfortable for walking all day? ›

Yes. Vans shoes offer great support with a comfortable fit all day long. The ultimate combination of function and style, they are ideal for walking due to a sturdy rubber sole and flexible canvas construction.

Are white Converse Still in Style 2022? ›

The classic white sneaker will never go out of style, but that doesn't mean you can't add a little color. Adding a paneled accent color to a white shoe is the best way to make a subtle statement in 2022.

Is Converse owned by Vans? ›

Converse (/ˈkɒnvərs/) is an American brand of lifestyle wear that markets, distributes, and licenses sneakers, skating shoes, lifestyle brand footwear, apparel, and accessories. Founded in 1908, it has been a subsidiary of Nike, Inc. since 2003.

Is it okay to skate in Converse? ›

Converse shoes are a great skateboarding shoes. Converse has a wide range of shoes on the market, and they have an entire line dedicated to skate shoes, Converse CONS. These shoes are designed specifically for skateboarding, with many features that make them a perfect choice.

Are Vans good for lifting? ›

For recreational lifters, Vans are a great and consistent shoe for lifting. They offer a 0mm heel-to-toe drop, which places the foot flat on the ground which can help with balance and stability. Additionally, they offer fairly stable soles which are great for limiting compression when lifting weights.

Do vans run bigger or smaller than Converse? ›

As I discussed earlier, the Converse Chucks fit bigger than most shoes, including these Vans Sk8-Hi shoes. My Converse Chucks fit about a half size bigger than my Vans Sk8-Hi shoes. To read more about the Chucks, visit our article about Converse Chuck Taylor sizing.

Should I go a full size down in Converse? ›

When buying Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes, you'll want to size down a half size to a full size. If you want a more neutral fit with a bit of room in the toe box, then go a half size down and if you want your shoes to fit more snug, then go a full size down.

Are Converse good for wide feet? ›

The canvas upper design will loosen and stretch during the break in period (of about 2 weeks), making them more comfortable for those with wide feet. Converse do also offer a wide width range, making their sneakers a great option for those with wide feet.

Why do people lift in Converse? ›

Converse sole's are made out of solid non-compressive rubber materials, which make them viable options for anyone that is loading their lifters fairly heavy. What is this? This non-compressive sole is great for free weight training and tackling heavy machine work.

Why do people wear Vans to the gym? ›

The reason why Vans are good shoes for lifting is mainly that they feature flat, firm, non-slip soles that work excellent for lifts. Vans perform way better than running shoes while costing less than specialized lifting shoes, so they're just ideal for what they can offer.

Why do people wear Converse to the gym? ›

Converse provides you with a much-needed balance that's needed when lifting weights. They also really helpful because when you're trying to lift weights off the ground they make you closer to the floor, making a lot less work for you as there aren't any inches on the soles.

What sneakers will be popular in 2022? ›

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What shoes will be in style 2022? ›

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Do people still wear high top Vans? ›

Case in point: Vans Sk8-Hi sneakers. While this classic shoe has been around since the '60s, fashion girls continue to wear outfits featuring the high-top Vans style to this very day—and it doesn't look like the shoes are going anywhere anytime soon.

Who is the target audience for Vans? ›

Boys and girls ages 12 to 21 love Vans. It could be because surfers and skaters were the epitome of cool, or it could be because the shoes were so comfortable and stylish, but either way, Vans quickly became a must-have with teenagers around the country. Rebels, artists, misfits, musicians, and athletes all wear Vans.

Why are Vans shoes so expensive now? ›

New data shows that insatiable demand, import charges, and higher wages have skyrocketed the price of sneakers.

What do Vans stand for? ›

Vans
Vans store in Midtown Manhattan
FormerlyThe Van Doren Rubber Company
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryFashion
FoundedMarch 16, 1966 in Anaheim, California
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Are Vans good for arch support? ›

Vans & Converse are two good examples. Both are commonly worn by young people in Ireland, but both are famous for having flat soles and offering no arch support (though Converse did introduce a new line with arch support in 2016), which can be quite harmful, particularly to young people who are still growing.

What type of Vans are best for walking? ›

Vans ComfyCush Sk8-Hi

With a padded collar and footbed, this ComfyCush version of the Sk8-Hi delivers extra shock absorption for hard landings, as well as added comfort during off-board activities like walking or standing at a concert.

How long are Vans good for? ›

I've had mine for almost a year. They last even longer if you use a water resistant spray. More than a year if you treat them with care. I've had mine for over 3 years and they've lasted well.

Why is Converse so popular? ›

'The Converse brand is iconic; the design style is simple yet classic,' Luke explains. Whether you are going to the market, on holiday, at work, or getting married; you can wear a pair of Converse sneakers. Their versatility eases stress for people who don't enjoy carrying a lot of clothes when they travel.

Are Vans comfortable for walking all day? ›

Yes. Vans shoes offer great support with a comfortable fit all day long. The ultimate combination of function and style, they are ideal for walking due to a sturdy rubber sole and flexible canvas construction.

Why is Converse so popular? ›

'The Converse brand is iconic; the design style is simple yet classic,' Luke explains. Whether you are going to the market, on holiday, at work, or getting married; you can wear a pair of Converse sneakers. Their versatility eases stress for people who don't enjoy carrying a lot of clothes when they travel.

Are white Converse Still in Style 2022? ›

The classic white sneaker will never go out of style, but that doesn't mean you can't add a little color. Adding a paneled accent color to a white shoe is the best way to make a subtle statement in 2022.

Is Vans owned by Nike? ›

Vans is an American manufacturer of skateboarding shoes and related apparel, established in Anaheim, California, and owned by VF Corporation. The company also sponsors surf, snowboarding, BMX, and motocross teams.

Why are Vans so popular? ›

1: They are Classics. You know there's a reason why people say classics never go out of style. Vans is one of those brands that perfectly captures this meaning. Retro style is still popular and as a brand that's rooted in 1960s skate culture, it's easy to see why.

What are Vans shoes good for? ›

For recreational lifters, Vans are a great and consistent shoe for lifting. They offer a 0mm heel-to-toe drop, which places the foot flat on the ground which can help with balance and stability. Additionally, they offer fairly stable soles which are great for limiting compression when lifting weights.

Are Vans good for arch support? ›

Vans & Converse are two good examples. Both are commonly worn by young people in Ireland, but both are famous for having flat soles and offering no arch support (though Converse did introduce a new line with arch support in 2016), which can be quite harmful, particularly to young people who are still growing.

Who is Converse target audience? ›

Converse wants customers that are rebellious and are daring. They find these customers to be super important to them. The people who buy converse are from all ages, from older to the new millennial consumers, all buy Converse due to the legacy of the brand what it stands for.

Do you wear Converse without socks? ›

Wearing your converse without socks? Yes or no? You should never make the mistake of wearing Converse sneakers (or any shoe) without socks. Not only will you get blisters, but it's extremely unhygienic and almost always leaves an unpleasant smell that never seems to leave your shoes.

Why are chucks called chucks? ›

But what some inquisitive observers may ask is this: Why are these sneakers often called Chuck Taylors or just Chucks? Glad you asked. The basketball sneakers were named after Charles Hollis “Chuck” Taylor, an American basketball player who was born in Indiana in 1901.

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How good is Converse? ›

Across every relevant category, the Converse brand is reviewed favourably by consumers (at the time of writing). On Chictopia.com, the brand currently has a 4.6 / 5 rating. Quality, durability, comfort and craftsmanship all cited as key review criteria.

Who is Nike's main competitor? ›

Adidas. With annual revenue of $22.12 billion, Adidas is the biggest competitor of Nike. The brand actively serves across 55 countries via more than 2500 stores worldwide.

What does the Vans logo stand for? ›

In 2016, Vans logo creators made the logo red. The color symbolizes passion, energy, and joy. The white background exudes aesthetic sophistication and purity. The white and red palette is watered down with the black motto “Off the Wall” below.

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