I'm a long time Vans
fan. I wore them back in the 80's after Fast Times came out, and have had many pairs since. The Chukka
Lows are cool addition to the Vans
line. I had Chukka Boots
back in 1990, and was glad to see the style come back, so when the lows came out too, I jumped at the chance try them out. The shoes are comfortable, and feel like a modern skate
shoe without looking so clunky, like DC's of DS's do. It's nicely padded around the angle, but not overly so. The tongue is also padded, but not too much. My only complaint is that the tongue could be a little longer, it barely reaches the top lace. If you like fat skate
shoe tongues, these aren't it. Still a good shoe, mine have held up well, I will probably get another pair when they are done. Where van's
exceeds is in simple style. Almost every major shoe brand copies Vans'
styles, but they don't come close.