Vans Launches Range Of Sensory Shoes For People Living With Autism
The comfy footwear has a range of different features, including cushioned tops, water themes, calming colours and fuzzy materials - many people who suffer with autism are sensitive to sensory elements.
The shoe collection is available for kids and adults and has been launched ahead of Autism Awareness Month, which begins in April.
There's a number of styles to choose from, including a blue and red checkerboard pair, complete with tiny velvet hearts and a message on either heel.
There are also two slip-on styles - a grey, cushioned pair with a squishy square print and a holographic water-themed design, too.
Both are easy to get on and off, with a pull tag at the back of each shoe. For kids, there's also a selection of 'New Skool' styles, with rubber toe caps and hook-and-loop fastening.
Working with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education standards, the Vans x Autism Awareness collection features four different styles which focus on the senses of sight and touch.
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They're made with 'ComfyCush technology' featuring a cushiony outsole, which Vans likens to "walking on a cloud" as well as canvas and suede upper soles, extra arch support and "moisture-wicking lining materials" across the interior of each shoe.
The company will donate a minimum of $100,000 (£86,000) of its proceeds from the collection to A.skate - an organisation that hosts autism-friendly skateboarding classes, promotes awareness and educates families about the therapeutic benefits of the sport.
Shoppers are already praising the brand for the collection, with one fan writing: "They're amazingly comfy, look incredible and are for a great cause... for no other reason just buy them for that!"
Alongside the sensory-friendly sneakers, the collection also includes T-shirts and sweatshirts. Prices range from £20-£80 and you can buy the collection online now.
In a statement, Vans said: "Since 1966, Vans has stood as a champion of individuality and self-expression.
"The brand's commitment continues with the release of sensory inclusive footwear designs as part of the Autism Awareness Collection.
"With this project, Vans celebrates the unique aspects of all people. Designed specifically with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in mind, the ultra-comfortable footwear collection is offered with sensory-inclusive elements including a calming color palette and design features that focus on the senses of touch, sign and sound."
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