Ever since Sean Penn immortalized a pair in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the Vans slip-on has been the definitive summer sneaker.
Introduced in 1977, they’re timelessly cool; sturdy enough for skate rats and toddler-chasing dads alike; and a cinch to pull on and off at the beach or pool. You can’t top that. Check out our favorite pairs of sandals and flip-flops for summer.
This article is part of our Summer School series, a comprehensive guide to acing the year’s best season.