Tag Archives: Vans LXVI

The lightest Vans shoe EVER! LXVI Graph.

Vans LXVI GraphHoly 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.

Vans LXVI Graph

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.

Vans LXVI GraphLook 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.

 

Vans LXVI Inscribe. Lightweight and from the Future!

LXVI InscribeThe 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.

LXVI InscribeThe 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.