Vans LXVI Inscribe. Lightweight and from the Future!
08 Aug, 2012
The first thing you notice when you take the Vans LXVI Inscribe out of the box is the clean matte finish of the upper part of the shoe. The charcoal and light blue color way is very clean and subdued, but hints at a future style that is just around the corner. And boy is this thing light. This is definitely a shoe I would have seen Ethan Hawk wearing in Gattaca. Like the movie, these shoes don’t scream “Hey it’s the future!” but calmly hint at what possibilities there are when technology and style come together.
The Inscribe is derived from the silhouette of the Chukka Low, a classic in the Vans Shoes line up, but if the two shoes are put side by side, the shape is about the only similarity. Vans is known for its vulcanized rubber soles, but the LXVI line steps away from the use of traditional vulcanized rubber and utilizes advanced rubber cup sole and foam technologies. On the Inscribe is the Waffleflex design that inverts the traditional Vans sole, but also spaces the tread blocks out for better flex. When walking in these shoes, they flex very nicely and feel like someone has already walked a few miles in the for me and broken them in.
Inside the Inscribe is a soft yet supportive insole. Despite how light the shoe is, it feels very comfortable and supportive under foot. The neoprene on the heel cuff not only adds some flare, but also gives snug support for the heal without biting at your Achilles. The Rapidweld design also minimizes the stitching on the upper and helps make that clean futuristic look. Putting the shoe on is very smooth, thanks to the Luxeliner that conforms with your foot and moves independently from the outer part of the shoe.
Whether you are looking for a casual Friday shoe, something to take out to the club or just an everyday run some errands around town pair of kicks, the LXVI Inscribe is a very comfortable, lightweight and supportive shoe that will not slow you down.