Emily Ratajkowski’s Summer Slip-On of Choice Is an Emo Favorite

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This summer Emily Ratajkowski has delighted us with her playful and unexpected selection of shoes. Whether it’s her beloved knee-high vintage Dior boots or the much sought-after JW Anderson x Wellipets collaboration mules from Jonathan Anderson’s autumn-winter 2023 menswear collection, her choices have consistently kept us on our toes. Her most recent footwear? A classic style that’s more skater girl than fashionista.

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After causing a stir this week in France—where she attended the Jacquemus autumn-winter 2023 show at Versailles in a head-to-toe angelic look, complete with a tutu—EmRata was spotted in New York City on June 28 in a more casual ensemble. Her look comprised a cropped white tank top, high-waist brown cargo trousers by Scanlan Theodore, black oval-frame shades, and a beige Nappa leather Miu Miu top-handle bag. The standout element of the model’s look, however, was the addition of black-and-white checkered Vans slip-on shoes.

Vans Checkerboard Slip-On Sneakers


Originally known as Style #98, the Vans slip-on quickly became a must-have in the budding skate and BMX culture of late ’70s Southern California. Introduced in 1977, it offered a practical footwear choice for durability-conscious extreme sports enthusiasts. Fast-forward to the early ’00s, and the slip-on style became closely associated with the emo and scene music movements—particularly in its now iconic checkerboard pattern. Various iterations emerged, ranging from vibrant hot pink and black designs to highly sought-after collaborations with artists like Takashi Murakami.

Today the slip-ons retain their status as one of the brand’s most famous shoes, adored by the skate community and A-listers alike. With notable fans such as Emily Ratajkowski, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid, and Hailey Bieber, this ’70s shoe is still relevant in 2023.

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