Many people on the autism spectrum have difficulty processing everyday sensory information. Any of the senses may be over- or under-sensitive, or both, at different times. These sensory differences can affect behaviour and can have a profound effect on a person’s life. For this reason, Vans has been working in conjunction with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards to create designs that are not only fashionable but friendly to those with sensory sensitivities.

Utilizing Vans ComfyCush technology, the collection starts with a focus on all-day comfort, from here, the footwear for adults, kids and toddlers looks to a number of unique design features. For example, the ComfyCush Old Skool arrives with blue suede uppers that have been checkered and adorned with red velvet hearts.

When it comes to the Vans ComfyCush Slip-On PT, it has been outfitted with a squishy check upper in a cool-toned grey with a heel-pull for the wearer’s ease. A second ComfyCush Slip-On PT focuses on sight, this has been done via a holographic water printed upper and blue twill sidewalls. Last but not least for the ComfyCush Slip-On PT is a white iteration, landing with a canvas upper that reads LOVE on one foot and VANS on the other. However, this “LOVE” text is finished with a fuzzy tactile blue heart in support of ASD.

Made exclusively for kids and toddlers, the all-new ComfyCush New Skool V features a rubber toe cap with added vamp overlay for durability, a single-strap hook-and-loop closure for equal tightness and fit. Similar to the ComfyCush Slip-On PT, it also sports a pull tab for ease of entry and a foam padded collar and ComfyCush bottom unit for added comfort. Rounding out the Vans Autism Awareness Collection is an assortment of short and long sleeve tees for kids that showcase graphic treatments in cool, calming colour palettes.

To further support the cause, Vans has pledged a donation of at least $100,000 from the Autism Awareness Collection to benefit A.skate Foundation, a charity that allows children with autism to be a part of the social world through skateboarding.

Take a look at Vans’ Autism Awareness Collection below, if you like what you see then why not head over to Vans’ online store to cop your favourites.


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