Vans is giving “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” fans something to cheer about.
The Californian skate brand is reissuing its “Fast Times” Checkerboard Slip-On in its Anaheim factory collection. First released in 1982 and released at the “Fast Times” premiere in Hollywood, Calif., the shoe is among Vans’ most coveted archival styles.
Checkerboard “Fast Times” Slip-On returns with its original design and construction method. Like its predecessor, the reissue features a looping “Fast Times” print along the foxing of its vulcanized waffle outsole. The shoe has been updated for the 2020s, with an UltraCush sole, adding more comfort.
The Checkerboard Slip-On’s initial fame came from its appearance on “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. In his breakout role as marijuana-loving surfer Jeff Spicoli, actor Sean Penn wears a pair of Checkerboard Slip-Ons. The Slip-On silhouette debuted in 1977, and the Checkerboard colorway was released in the early ’80s, after Vans founders Paul and James Van Doren noticed kids drawing checkered patterns on their shoes. and decided to create a style with a similar look. This is the first time the Checkerboard Slip-On “Fast Times” has returned since its debut nearly four decades ago.
Arriving this March, the “Fast Times” Checkerboard Slip-On will be available for a limited time only at Vans.com and in some outlets.
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