Vans Trek Slip-On Review

by Billy | Updated: May 30, 2021

Curious if the Vans Trek Slip-On shoe is good?

I bought the black colorway, took them on a beach camping trip and walked over 6 miles in them.

So in this article, I’ll share the things I like and dislike about them to help you decide if they’re right for you.

Here’s my Vans Trek Slip-On review.

Brief Summary

They’re an awesome short distance, breathable slip-on. I say short distance because I wore these (without socks) when going for a 6-mile hike and got five blisters by the end of it. I really enjoy them as water shoes or other scenarios that could get messy and don’t involve long distances.

Who Are They Best For?

I think they’re best as the next step up from being barefoot. They’re definitely not a shoe you want to be wearing for longer distances. But say you just got done surfing and you’re walking around a parking lot, these are easy enough to just slip on. Or you need some sort of water shoe, or even a gardening shoe then I think these make sense. They’re pretty much a solid summer shoe because they offer great breathability and they’re easy to clean. Any sort of damp environment that wouldn’t make sense for a normal shoe, this shoe will thrive in.

Can You Skate Them?

If we’re referring to traditional skating (ollies/fliptricks) then I definitely wouldn’t recommend them. Given the rubber material, you do not want to use these if you’re going to be doing any tricks. However, I did use them with my surfskates/cruisers and they worked fine. I see them as a step up from being barefoot, but not something you’ll want for longer distance skating.

Pros & Cons

After clocking some solid mileage on these, here are the things I like and dislike.

Pros

Cleanability

Is that even a word? I have no clue, but the fact that you can get these super dirty, then rinse them with water, is so sick. I wore these in super muddy conditions then took them back, sprayed them with a hose and they were good as new. It’s something you absolutely can’t do with regular Vans slip-ons.

Breathability

I’m going to be honest if my feet are in closed-off shoes for a long time, they straight up stink. They let air in and out so my feet don’t get as crazy as they would in normal slip-ons.

Aesthetic

I really like the overall aesthetic of these shoes but really that’s just personal preference. I could never pull the trigger and wear Crocs simply because of the aesthetic so having something like these which are a cooler crock in my opinion is really nice.

Cons

Longer Distances

Like I briefly mentioned at the beginning of this article I took these on a beach camping trip. They were really solid for walking short distances around the campground and even as a shower shoe. I decided to wear them without any socks and we went for a 6-mile hike. By the end of the hike, I realized I got five blisters. So I definitely wouldn’t recommend them as a hiking shoe.

Sizing

Two things about the sizing. The first is that they’re pretty narrow so if you have wider feet they probably won’t fit that well. I consider my feet in the medium width range and they fit… it’s not super irritating but they are on the narrower side.

And the second issue is that these seem to be about a half size too big. It’s not a major issue… it’s much better than being half size too small but just keep that in mind that you might want to get something that’s half size smaller than what you usually wear.

Availability

I’m not sure if Vans is doing this on purpose and creating scarcity around these shoes but they were very hard to find. I would love to see Vans improve on this design because I think there’s definitely something there. But the overall stock of this was pretty much sold out everywhere, which was a bummer.

What up, I'm Billy - founder of Shred Shack. I've been skating, surfing, and snowboarding for over 15 years. The goal is to shred and share my honest thoughts to help you along your boardsports journey.