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At what point does an everyday item become a beacon of design? Visiting modern art museums, it's normal to see an Italian coffee pot in one wing, while a Warhol sits in another. And that's because, as humans, we value the ingenuity of commonplace objects. To an extent, of course; I don't personally need to see a Target shower curtain in the MoMA.
It stands to reason, then, that there is a specific moment in time when those objects transform from the sum of their material parts into something worth preserving, something that tells us about the human condition. In the case of one sneaker (and what could be more "normal" than a sneaker?), we think that moment hinges on Olivia Wilde.
While in London this week for boyfriend Harry Styles' show, Wilde was spotted wearing tinted aviator sunglasses, a black cardigan, a tee, tote bag, plain black leggings, and checkered Vans slip-on sneakers. On first pass, everything about her ensemble rang familiar — almost unnoteworthy, but her shoes kept echoing over and over again in our minds.
Vans have been a fixture in all types of wardrobes since the skater kids we went to middle school with solidified them as the edgy, yet easygoing, choice. While plenty of fashion relics from that era are enjoying a comeback, Vans never actually went anywhere. Instead they were slowly adopted by an ever-broader group of customers, with its simple silhouettes getting frequently knocked off by just about every other shoe brand.