An iconic shoe and an iconic movie are joining forces once again. For anyone who lived through the ’80s, “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” was one of the movies that made the decade. It was and still is a cult classic. Another staple of ‘80s culture is the iconic Vans checkerboard print slip-on. The style has been a symbol for skaters, ska bands, and those with a rebellious nature. The checkerboard style took flight in 1977, when Steve Van Doren, son of Vans founder Paul Van Doren, noticed that teen skaters were creating a checkerboard pattern on the shoe’s rubber midsole. He moved the pattern to the canvas upper, creating the now iconic look. It wasn’t until a few years later that the style started to climb to the level of cult classic it is today.
Two classics in one
When “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” took the world by storm in 1982, Sean Penn’s character Spiccoli quickly became a fan favorite. Along with his lovable slacker stoner personality, the checkerboard Vans he wore were also well received. Even before the teen coming-of-age dramedy was released, sales for the shoe skyrocketed. Universal Studios had asked Vans to send overshoe options for the film and Penn had chosen the checkerboard pattern for his character. Spicoli was featured in the trailer with the shoes and requests for the style quickly followed.
This season, Vans Anaheim Factory is catering to lovers of the classic shoe and the classic film. The reissue of the limited-edition Fast Times Slip-on celebrates the union that made the style popular. The shoe has the classic all-over checker print we all know and love, but also offers modernized comfort with upgraded Ortholite sock liners. It also has the standard elastic side accents, glossed foxing tape, Vans flag label, and Vans original Waffle Outsole. The slip-on features printed sidewalls as well with “Fast Times” repeated throughout. Buy Here