As part of the Van’s Autism Awareness Collection, the eight pairs of shoes have been developed with a focus on soothing the senses through sound, touch, and appearance.
Since children with autism often have trouble tying shoelaces, the new line of sneakers is made up of slip-on models and shoes that can be fitted to the foot with a single strap hook-and-loop closure.
The shoes have even been designed with a soothing color palette in mind.
“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,” said the company in a press release.
“To be more inclusive to common sensory sensitivities, Vans worked with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards to create designs utilizing Vans ComfyCush technology for all day comfort and ease of wear for adults, kids and toddlers.”
The company has also pledged to donate a minimum of $100,000 in shoe sale proceeds to the A.Skate Foundation—a nonprofit dedicated to teaching children with autism how to skateboard.