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  • Have you ever heard that expression, “You have to learn how to love yourself before you can expect to be loved by others?” Well, OK, it goes something like that, and those are awesome words to live by, especially come February, when love seems to be in the air.

    What better way to show yourself how much you love yourself than with a pair of Vans or Converse? Now is the perfect time to spoil yourself with either a pair you’ve been eyeing for a while, or with a more festive pair, like these Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Top Candy Hearts. These stylish Baggins Originals Hi Top Candy Hearts look good enough to eat! Continue reading

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  • For months now, it feels like on our blog we’ve been obsessed with shoes! We are, after all, a shoe store, so that makes sense, but let’s take a break for a minute here to talk about Stance Socks, which are more than just a way to keep your feet warm, btw.

    Stance Socks, now in stock at Baggins by the hundreds, are a spectacular way to make a statement, whether you’re on the mountain getting your boots on, switching into your indoor-only training shoes at the gym, or just strutting around the office, completely shoeless (only on casual Fridays, right?). Continue reading

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  • Did you know that your shoe size is based on a sizing system that dates back to the 1300s? That shoes started off being measured in units known as a barleycorns? You probably didn’t know, and you actually probably didn’t care. But what you SHOULD know is that Baggins carries hard-to-find sizes of Converse and Vans for XL-footed fellas!

    Why is this such bragworthy news? Well, many of you are probably well aware that big box stores don’t carry much in the way of shoe styles above a men’s size 13. And what they do stock quickly walks out of the store. You’ve got to be fast on those large feet of yours to get a pair, or you need not bother going shopping.

    Larger dress shoes are usually slightly easier to come by (at a price!) for whatever reason, but casual shoes for everyday wear are a real struggle to find out there at the mall. That’s why we believe it was time to let the world know that larger sizes of Converse and Vans are always in stock at Baggins – up to size 17 for Converse, and size 16 for Vans. Continue reading

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  • Featuring three classic Disney Movies, the Vans Disney Collection just keeps getting better and better, offering something for every Disney fan. Available just in time for the holiday season, the latest Vans Disney shoes are going to be a fine addition underneath anyone’s Christmas tree this year.

    The latest additions to Vans Disney line available through Baggins are inspired by The Jungle Book (1967), Alice in Wonderland (1951) and 101 Dalmatians (1961)—all classic Disney animations that are multiple decades old and born in the same generation as Vans itself!

    While Disney continues to pump out fantastic, unforgettable films for people of all ages, we are happy to see the classics get as much attention as they still do. In no particular order, here are some of our favourite additions to the Vans Disney line as of this winter. Continue reading

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  • With their simplicity, versatility, variety and high level of comfort, it’s no wonder Vans has a serious case of the slip-ons happening right now. This style of shoe is more popular than ever, as ballet flats, puffy skater shoes and stiff loafers fade into the distance.

    Vans slip-ons are great to wear to the grocery store, to the end of the driveway to grab the mail, to the office, or out on the town. They show the world you’re low maintenance, but that you care enough to look fashionable and yet be comfortable at the same time. Continue reading

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  • Have you ever noticed that when someone says, “It sure is getting cold out there, eh?” or “Boy, it’s really coming down out there today,” you end up nodding sympathetically? Like it’s a bad thing the weather has turned a little chilly? At Baggins, we still nod sympathetically, but at the same time, we’re also pretty stoked about the cooler weather.

    The reason for our excitement is because we have the perfect strategy in stock for handling the cooler temperatures at this year, and it’s a beautiful, cozy, comfy strategy. We’re talking about 2015 Converse Woolrich hi tops—a damn fine option for keeping your hardworking feet warm this winter.

    While we love the vibrant personalities summer brings to our hometown of downtown Victoria, we have a different type of appreciation for winter weather around here, and that’s because it’s time to savour our gingerbread lattes, winter ales, and naturally, our winter attire that includes ski jackets, scarves, toques, long johns, and definitely the right pair of kicks. Bring ‘em on! Continue reading

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  • The world just can’t get enough of Andy Warhol’s bold, intriguing artwork, and all of the accessories still adorned with his prints nearly 30 years after his death have definitely solidified his spot in both art and pop culture history.

    Known by many as the “Pope of Pop”, Andy Warhol’s artwork is as relevant today as it was when he first released his creations more than 50 years ago. Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is undeniably best known for his colourful style known as Pop Art, in which he used bright colours to wash over celebrity faces (and much more) to create stunning (expensive) masterpieces. Have you ever noticed a filter on your smartphone’s camera called Pop Art? Yep, that’s a nod to Warhol. Continue reading

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  • You’d think that with 107 years of shoe design success behind them, Converse would finally be able to find some time to relax, but no. Who can rest when there are new colors to introduce to adoring fans?

    Just in time for fall, a new line of Chuck Taylor All Stars has arrived. The big shoe brand’s All Star Fresh Colors hi-top and lo-top sneakers have gracefully gone from the runway to our feet, where they will stay until we get bored of one color and need to move onto the next.

    The Converse Fresh Colors lineup features the same Chuck Taylor All Star hi-top sneakers you’ve always loved, just in new, slick colors that bring a new variety of expressions to the footwear’s iconic silhouette. Continue reading

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  • Alright, stop! Collaborate and listen. Converse keeps pumping out great inventions.

    It’s true. Converse shoes are as well-known for their iconic profiles as they are for their fun collaborations. Although some of them are totally random collaborations, many of which are for people with niche interests, all of them work, all of them are fun, and all of them keep us on the balls of our feet wondering, who the heck will Converse pair up with next?

    The beauty of it is, Converse has made it to a point in fashion history where it can collaborate with whoever and whatever it wants, and still manage to deliver an incredibly well-designed, loveable shoe. Continue reading

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  • If Disney and Vans got together to do the Tango, the results would be nothing short of amazing. It’d be like offering people ways to wear their favorite childhood memories on their feet (finally!)

    Oh, you mean it’s already happened?

    Yes. It. Has. And the results are dancing out the door just in time for the start of a new school year. Dancing and Disney go hand-in-hand, and as you can see, so do Disney and Vans. The Vans Disney Collection of slip-ons, lace-ups and hi-tops are perfect for strolling down the school hall, or spending an afternoon at the mall. They’re perfect for the park, or even for the next dance, where you’ll be the cool, calm, approachable one wearing awesome shoes. Continue reading

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