We've been rocking the worn-out, seen-better-days pair of Vans that's hung out in our closet since college but always as a casual, comfy option — never because it was actually stylish. Then, a funny thing happened. We started seeing lookbooks cross our desks with models styled in slip-on sneaks, like these pics from Madewell, and Céline released an ultraluxe version that bloggers and editors flipped for. (@MoshaMosha tweeted some on-the-ground reporting back in March: "Grace Coddington grocery shopping in her Céline sneakers. Love my hood.") Suddenly, we were eyeing those faded, threadbare kicks with new eyes.
We've rounded up some of our favorite pairs, from $55 original Vans to a price-upon-request pony-hair style. Whether or not you want to head to the skate park after you've put them on is a personal choice.