Vans Creates Sensory-Inclusive ComfyCush Old Skool & Slip-On Sneakers to Support Autism Awareness
$100,000 USD from the proceeds will benefit the A.skate Foundation.
Vans has released a selection of sneaker designs and apparel as part of its “Autism Awareness” collection. The silhouettes feature a calming color palette and unique design details that focus on the senses of touch, sight and sound.
With the help of the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, Vans has incorporated its ComfyCush technology for all-day comfort and ease in order to be more inclusive of common sensory sensitivities. The ComfyCush Old Skool arrives in a blue suede upper adorned with red velvet hearts against the brand’s signature checkerboard print, along with a special message at the heel. As for the ComfyCush Slip-On PT, the first pair sports a cool grey-toned squishy checkered upper with a heel-pull. The second design focuses on sight and features a holographic water-printed upper and blue twill sidewalls. Finally, the third Slip-On PT comes in a white canvas upper and is adorned with the word “LOVE” on one foot and “VANS” on the other.
Made exclusively for kids and toddlers, the brand new ComfyCush New Skool V features a rubber toe cap, a single-strap hook-and-loop closure, a pull tab and a foam padded collar. Rounding out the range is an assortment of T-shirts and long-sleeve tees for kids that showcase graphic images in cool, calming colors.
Vans will be donating a minimum of $100,000 USD from its proceeds to A.skate – an organization that allows children with autism to be a part of the social world through skateboarding. The “Autism Awareness” collection is now available at Vans’ website and Vans retail locations.
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