It was only a few months ago that the most sought-after shoe was the Stan Smith. I bought more than one pair, and I must have convinced a fair share of my friends to purchase them as well. They have since been replaced by the Old Skool Vans, but if you’re anything like me, you probably don’t want to wear the exact same pair of shoes as everyone else. Below, I have compiled a list of the five best alternatives, all seventy dollars and under, to the original Old Skool Vans. Up your style for the new year with these selections.


Sequins are making a comeback, and you can too. I like these because they’re fashion-forward without being too gaudy.


These would look great with a pair of boyfriend jeans! The navy blue velvet combined with the black trim makes for an edgy look.


If you’re not quite ready to let go of the white sneaker trend, try these. The pinstripes are a nice and unique touch.


These remind me of the shoes in the Valentino Rockstud collection, but these are a lot cheaper. I love patent leather because it dresses up all of your outfits.


This color pink has become the new white, so fear not because these match with everything in your closet.

If you want to rock the classic Old Skools, but fear being basic, I hope this list gave you some major inspiration. Any of these Vans alternatives will achieve the look you desire.


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