Dover Street Market Exclusive Vans Contain a Checkerboard Flex
Some sneakerheads like to go for the massive flex, rocking crazy colourways or hyped colabs to draw as much attention as possible IRL and on the Internet. However, more enlightened types who still want to show off occasionally tend to opt for more subtle approaches, tapping into the ‘if you know, you know’ category of sneakers. These Dover Street Market–exclusive Vans styles are definitely an example of ‘IYKYK’ because, at a distance, they simply look like any other run-of-the-mill checkerboard sneakers.
Take a closer look at the iconic Vans pattern that’s on these canvas uppers. See that? It’s the peaked black DSM logo scattered throughout the panels. They also appear to be seemingly placed at random, so in theory no two shoes, let alone pairs, should look the same. Choose from the Slip-On, Authentic and Old Skool to have varying levels of subtle flexing. The Slip-Ons are perhaps the most balanced of the pack, with black sections through the middle to break things up. While the Old Skools are a bit bolder with their stark black toe cap, while the Authentic is simply audacious. They’re still subtle, though.
These DSM checkerboard Vans are available now from Dover Street Market locations worldwide.