Vans‘s Slip-On has been around since 1966, but it’s set to enter a new chapter at the tail end of 2019 with the brand-new Slip-On Exp Pro. Boasting enhanced functionality while still acknowledging the classic style that’s made the OG Slip-On legendary over the past five decades, the Exp Pro is built to satiate the needs of the modern-day skateboarder.
Although the upper is still low-slung and laceless, it adds several alternate features. These tweaks include a Velcro strap that reaches across the top of the foot for lockdown and a printed Jazz Stripe on both the lateral and medial sides that fades into the toebox and collar. The midsole’s rubber then rises up onto the upper’s lower half for durability and protection against a multitude of tricks.
However, what’s on the inside and bottom may very well be the most interesting pieces. The outsole features Vans’s new WaffleControl technology, a system that strips back the midsole so the wearer’s foot is separated from the board by fewer parts. The tread is intentionally deeper on the heel to soften impact while increasing grip and durability.
The Vans Slip-On Exp Pro is set to release on Vans.com/skate and at select stockists this November in two makeups: black/white with primary color detailing, and a tonal cashmere style. The retail price has yet to be announced.