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When it comes to iconic summer sneakers, there are few options that have held up as well over the years as the Vans Checkerboard Slip-On. In addition to being featured in your dad’s collection and the likes of classic films like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, it’s just a sneaker that always seems to be part of the style lexicon for one reason or another. After distorting, re-releasing and blurring it, the latest iteration of the classic Vans Checkerboard kicks is an optical illusion inspired piece that’s equal parts M.C. Escher and Marble Madness. As Vans describes it, these shoes are “Teaming a trippy checkerboard pattern at the heel and toe with scattered branding through the midfoot, they’re built from brand-synonymous canvas and sit on the same no-frills vulcanised sole unit that’s been present since the label’s earliest days.” We absolutely loved the originals, so we’re all about a new option we can rock regularly–even if we’re no longer wearing them for kickflips or ollies.

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While you can go all MacGyver and shuck oysters with a screwdriver or other household tool, we highly recommend you invest in a good oyster knife. Why? Well, for starters, it’s safer. The best oyster doesn’t taste so hot when you’ve got something sharp stuck in your palm. Secondly, it makes the process easier and a bit more refined. Laguiole is an iconic name in knife making and the French brand has you covered when it comes to shucking thanks to the Laguiole Oyster Knife. Made of 420 stainless steel and complete with a wood handle, the Oyster Knife measures 6 ¼” and makes easy work of even the toughest shell. You just need to supply the cocktail sauce.