first look: vans

the iconic black-and-white checker print invades our wardrobes this spring.

In our book, the black-and-white checkerboard print means only one thing: Vans. From our middle school-era slip-ons to the hot pink high-tops of our college years to the new, graffiti'd pair featuring Curtis Kulig's scribbles, there's always a pair in our closet. So that might be why we're eyeing the pieces in Vans' spring '13 lookbook.

Think perfect pieces that pair perfectly with your checkerboard kicks, from jersey dresses to denim tanks. There's even a tank with a black-and-white squares pocket, in case you're all about being matchy-matchy with your outfits. The collection hits stores this week--but those sneaks? We're pretty sure you've got a pair already.