Model: Checkerboard Slip-On “Fast Times”
Key Features: When Sean Penn’s Jeff Spicoli broke out a fresh pair of checkerboard Slip-Ons in cult 1982 teen drama Fast Times at Ridgemont High, it helped bring widespread recognition to Vans. Decades later the California-based brand is giving the Fast Times at Ridgemont High Slip-Ons a wider release.
Release Date: March
Buy: Vans and select retailers
Editor’s Notes: Since the appearance in the 1982 film, the black and white checkerboard Slip-On has gone on to become one of the most iconic sneakers of all time. The Fast Times at Ridgemont High iteration boasts the familiar checkerboard canvas upper, with Fast Times branding wrapped around the midsole.
Steve Van Doren, son of Vans co-founder Paul Van Doren, previously told the LA Times, “Fast Times definitely put us on the map. We were about a $20-million company before the movie came out, and we were on track for $40 million to $45 million after that.”
The original shoe was released as a promotion for the film in 1982. Only 1,000 pairs were made and give away via a radio contest. Stay tuned for further release information.
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