Slip-on sneakers

The best slip-on sneakers you can wear with everything in your closet

QGFavorite: Vans OG Classic Slip-On LX

Slip-on sneakers are also ubiquitous on the pages of QG like silk knit ties or your favorite male celebrity jumping into a suit. And it’s for good reason: the easy on-and-off sneakers can be worn with everything from bathing suits to white jeans and, for the more adventurous and Frank Ocean, a suit. It’s the perfect sneaker style for warm-weather getaways and weekend coffees; versatile shoes that somehow look better the more they’re beaten. Now look closely at these kicks to put on QG and you’ll notice a pattern (two actually): they usually have a checkerboard pattern and they’re almost always made by Vans. Since 1977 (when they were called “style #98”), Vans slip-on sneakers have been adored by skateboarders and stoners, prepsters and posers (basically everyone), and the checkerboard version from the SoCal company might just be the best slip-on sneaker ever made. And right now, the “OG Classic” version of the sneaker is the one you should spend your money on.

The Don’t Sweat It Option: Vans Checkerboard Slip-On

The Vans OG Classic Slip-On LX is the most perfect take on the style, but the truth is, it’s rarely in stock. When they restock, it’s at seemingly random times, and they’re gone hours later. The thing is, if you really want a pair of OGs, it’s best to create a Google Alert for them. (pairs on Grailed are fairly easy to find and almost never cost more than $100, but still.) Meanwhile, the standard version of Vans slip-ons are the ones that are still available for purchase (and still look great) .

1. These are the first and the best: The more limited OG LX version has a few subtle, yet important differences that make it an even better slip-on than its contemporary counterpart. The vamp is longer (meaning the tongue rides slightly higher on your foot), the toe box is narrower, and the black line around the sidewall is now white. The effect is that your toe looks longer and slimmer, which always reads more polished and dressier when it comes to shoes.

2. This is the sloth’s dream shoe: Brands are putting a lot of effort into figuring out how to get rid of laces on sneakers in 2017. Adidas continues to produce sock-like sneakers and after more than 30 years of promises, Nike actually makes self-lacing running shoes . These innovations are impressive, but Vans mastered the laceless design 40 years ago. And the OG Classic’s laceless silhouette isn’t just easy to wear, it’s also a solution to common style dilemmas like easily getting through airport security and packing for a dress-free vacation.

3. The boss will get you noticed for the right reasons: Although not a registered trademark, the checkerboard pattern of Vans slip-ons is practically synonymous with the brand. Plaid graphic design is also very trendy in 2017. It is one of the few bold patterns that can be both a neutral base (everything goes well with black and white) and the highlight of an outfit, which is the hallmark of any great piece.