Holy cow is this shoe light! Pick up the box and it is hard to tell if there is anything in it. Once on, the Vans LXVI Graph is barely noticeable in regards to weight, but very cush and flexible. There is definitely no break in period for these shoes.
Why is the LXVI Graph so light? With the Vans LXVI Shoe lineup, Vans has moved beyond the traditional heavy vulcanized sole and utilized foam that is specially formulated for grip and durability. Yes, foam. Not your dad’s shaving cream kind of foam, but a solid, light EVA material that has a significant durability to weight ratio. Vans is calling this their lightest shoe ever. Just pick up the box and see for yourself.
But the foam doesn’t just allow the Graph to be light, it also has excellent flexibility and cushioning. Just think about the foam bed toppers that are available now, and how comfortable they are. Now imagine that for your feet. The Graph has what Vans calls “Ultracush Lite” as well, which pretty much says it all. The insole is also made from EVA foam and helps provide a super comfortable fit.
Look at the Graph a little closer and notice that there is something missing. This shoe has no seams. Vans calls it “Rapidweld” but I call it “Radicalweld!” This feature allows the different panels of the shoe to be bonded together by pressure and heat, instead of stitching the shoe together. This also saves on weight, and is stronger and more durable than traditional stitching.
Another noticeable feature of the Graph is mesh side panels. The mesh keeps the shoe breathable and light. This is a key feature for a dark pair shoes on hot summer days and the impromptu break dancing session at the club.
A few customer reviews said the Graph was awesome for long boarding as well. Its flexibility and fit allow the Graph to have really good board feel; board feel is important to get the skateboard or longboard to respond to the directions of your feet. The lack of weight also helps the wearer shred all day with less fatigue.
A great shoe for walking down the street, skating up the block or chilling at the club, the new LXVI Graph from Vans is definitely worth more than its weight. Just pick up the box already.