Vans Slip-On Sizing and Fit Guide (w/ pics)


I’ve worn the Vans Slip On shoes and compared their sizing to other popular styles and my conclusion was this: Vans Slip On sizing is very consistent with other types of Vans shoes, and fit true to size, but have the same snug fit that is common with many styles of Vans shoes.

***Verify Your Size: Vans.com now has its own sizing tutorial which matches your foot size to a Vans shoe size. Click here to view this Vans sizing guide available at Vans.com (affiliate link takes you to Vans.com).

One thing that is common with Vans sizing, including Vans Slip On Sizing, is these are performance skate-style shoes that are designed to have a snug fit. If you have wide feet, you will want to make sure you order wide sizing.

To order Vans Slip On shoes in wide sizing, you actually need to go to the Vans “Custom” page, where you can make custom changes which include ordering custom wide fit shoes. Click here to view the custom wides available at Vans.com (affiliate link takes you to Vans.com).

As I mentioned at the top, I personally have found the Vans Slip On shoes to fit true to size with a snug design. It’s actually important that these shoes have a snug fit so that they don’t constantly slip off your foot. I found them to be size consistently with other popular types of Vans shoes.

But I will caution you, they do run smaller than some other types of shoes. For example, when comparing these Vans Slip On Shoes vs Converse Chucks, I found the Converse Chucks to fit about a half size larger. Here is a picture of my size 12 Converse Chucks vs my size 12 Vans Slip Ons:

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As you can see, the Converse Chucks run bigger in size than the Vans Slip On Shoes. But before you run off and size those Vans Slip-Ons up a half size, here is a photo of my size 12 Vans Slip On Shoes compared to my size 12 Nike Cortez shoes:

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As you can see, if anything the Vans Slip-On shoes actually fit a bit looser than the Nike Cortez shoes. In this article I want to take a closer look at sizing by comparing these Vans Slip On shoes to other types of popular shoes. Hopefully this will help you find the right size for your foot.

Vans Slip On Sizing

Do Vans Slip On Shoes Run True to Size?

In my experience, Vans Slip On Shoes fit true to size, but have the same snug design typical of classic Vans shoes. As you probably know, Vans Slip-On shoes are a popular casual shoe, for several reasons, but especially due to how easy they are to wear. Many of Vans’ skate shoes are designed to fit snug for performance. Here’s what Vans has to say about fit (source):

“Please note, by design, our high performance skate shoes tend to fit snug, so you may want to select a half size larger. Alternatively, if you have a wide foot, you may purchase one size larger to compensate for the width or check out designing your own pair of wide Customs!”

To order wide Vans sizing, you actually need to go to the Vans “Custom” page, where you can make custom changes which include ordering custom wide shoes. Click here to view the custom wides available at Vans.com (affiliate link takes you to Vans.com).

I feel like the Vans Slip-On sizing is consistent with the sizing and fit of other types of Vans I have owned. It’s not a perfect illustration, but here is a look at my Vans Old Skool shoes and my Vans Sk8-Hi shoes compared to my Vans Slip-ons:

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***Verify Your Sizing: I think these Vans Slip On shoes fit true to size with a snug design, but every foot is unique. Vans.com now has its own sizing tutorial which matches your foot size to a Vans shoe size. Click here to view this Vans sizing guide available at Vans.com to verify your correct size (affiliate link takes you to Vans.com).

Vans Slip On Sizing vs Other Popular Brands

Vans Slip On Sizing vs Nike Cortez

Both of these shoes have what I would describe as a snug fit. The sizing is pretty similar between these two shoes, and if anything, I thought the Vans Slip-Ons fit a bit looser:

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Vans Slip On vs Nike Blazer Sizing

I found the sizing of these Vans slip on shoes to be very similar to the sizing of the Nike Blazer low-tops. Here is a look at mine, both size 12:

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Vans Slip On Sizing vs Nike Air Max

The Nike Air Max shoes definitely fit a little bit looser than the Vans Slip On Shoes. I have found the Nike Air Max shoes to fit a bit looser than many other types of shoes that I own.

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Vans Slip On vs Adidas Gazelle Sizing

Although these shoes have what I would describe as a very similar fit, if you made me choose I thought the Adidas Gazelle shoes fit just a tiny bit looser. Here are mine, both size 12:

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Vans Slip On Sizing vs Adidas Busenitz

I actually think Vans sizing is very comparable to many types of Adidas skate shoes. Just like the Adidas Gazelle shoes we discussed above, these Adidas Busenitz shoes have a very similar fit compared to the Vans Slip On Shoes:

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Vans Slip On vs Adidas Samba Sizing

Again, another Adidas skate-style shoe that is very similar to the sizing of these Vans Slip On Shoes. If you’ve owned the Adidas Sambas in the past, I’d recommend ordering the same sizing for the Vans Slip On Shoes:

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Vans Slip On Sizing vs Adidas Nizza

And just like all the other Adidas shoes we compared above, these Adidas Nizza shoe sizing I found to have almost an identical fit to the classic Vans Slip On Shoes. Here are mine, both size 12:

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Vans Slip On vs Adidas Superstars Sizing

Unlike the other Adidas shoes above, I felt like the Adidas Superstars did fit just a little bit looser than the Vans Slip On Shoes. Not so much that I would recommend altering your size, but I could notice a little difference:

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Vans Slip On Sizing vs Converse Chucks

As you can see below, there is a big difference in sizing between these two shoes. The sizing for Converse Chucks fit at least a half size bigger than my Vans Slip On Shoes:

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Vans Slip On vs Converse One Stars Sizing

And just like the Converse Chucks above, these Converse One Stars had a noticeably looser fit compared to my Vans Slip On Shoes. Here are mine, both size 12:

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Vans Slip On Sizing vs Converse Pro Leathers

Despite the other two types of Converse shoes above fitting larger, I found the fit of these Converse Pro Leather shoes to be very similar to the fit of my Vans Slip On Shoes. The Converse shoes were maybe just a little bit looser, but it was close. Here are mine, both size 12:

***Verify Your Sizing: I think these Vans Slip On shoes fit true to size with a snug design, but every foot is unique. Vans.com now has its own sizing tutorial which matches your foot size to a Vans shoe size. Click here to view this Vans sizing guide available at Vans.com to verify your correct size (affiliate link takes you to Vans.com).

Vans Slip On Size Conclusion

Ultimately, I order my normal sizing for Vans slip on shoes, but they do fit a bit tighter than other types of shoes that I have worn. But when you compare them to other types of low-top performance shoes (like the Adidas skate shoes) the sizing is very similar.

Click here to buy the Vans Slip On shoes at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). If you need wide sizing, you will need to order custom shoes from Vans.com, this link will take you to the Vans custom shoe page at Vans.com (affiliate link takes you to Vans.com).

To read more about sizing of Vans shoes, visit our other resources linked here:

***Vans Slip On Sizing Guide: Vans.com now has its own sizing tutorial which matches your foot size to a Vans Slip On shoe size. Click here to view it at Vans.com (affiliate link takes you to Vans.com). This is the best place to start so you can be confident your are ordering the right sizing for Vans Slip On shoes.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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