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  • On a computer screen, 1966 doesn’t seem like it was all that long ago. Like, don’t people still talk about the sixties as if they were yesterday? Actually, truth be told, 1966 was a full 50 years ago! How do we know this? Well, the year marks a very special year in our world. No, it’s not any of our birthdays, but it is the birth year of a very special friend of ours: the Vans brand! Lordy, Lordy, Vans is 50!

    That’s right! This month marks the 50th anniversary of the “Off the Wall” fun and versatile shoe and clothing company. And boy did they celebrate in style. For starters, Vans didn’t have just one party, but 10 parties to mark its big day. 10! Like 10 fingers, 10! We’re talking a worldwide celebration that took place in 10 major cities like Brooklyn, Austin, and Toronto. Other cities on the list included London, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Cape Town. Continue reading

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  • This spring, we invite you to feast your eyes on the many ways you can accessorize with Herschel backpacks and more at Baggins! In addition to shoes created by the greats—Vans and Converse—we’re pleased to toss socks, sunglasses, wallets and backpacks into the mix to keep you covered from head to toe in spring 2016.

    For a quick look at all of the accessories in stock right now at Baggins, check out our Accessories pages, or just keep scrolling to sneak a peek at some of our top Herschel backpack picks available right now.
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  • At Baggins, our portfolio is growing, and all of us here are bursting at the seams with pride over all the corporate collaborations we have recently been a part of.

    Many of our loyal followers are well aware of the awesome kicks we create in collaboration with local Victoria businesses, but fewer fans realize that our designs have made it as far as Ontario and beyond! So, with this in mind, we thought we’d steal an opportunity to showcase the many possibilities of Baggins Custom Print Designs.

    The awe-inspiring pairs of Vans and Converse featured here have a few things in common, despite all of their unique appeals: Their designs were all envisioned by others, created by us, and then enjoyed by the public. So far to date, Baggins has had the pleasure of working with:

    * Coast Hotels
    * Conspiracy of Hope
    * Dashbids
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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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