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Vans Has A New Line Of ‘sensory-Inclusive’ Sneakers To Raise Awareness Of Autism

These cool shoes support a great cause!

According to estimates by the CDC‘s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, approximately 1 in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). National Autism Awareness Month is in April, and World Autism Awareness Day takes place on April 2.

Vans, a brand that prides itself on standing up for individuality and self-expression, has released an Autism Awareness Collection that includes and celebrates kids on the autism spectrum.

Sensory issues often accompany ASD. Taking this into account, Vans worked with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards and created a line of comfortable, sensory-inclusive footwear that is now available.

The Autism Awareness Shoe Line

The collection includes ultra-comfortable shoe designs and shirts. The shoes incorporate numerous sensory characteristics, from calming color palettes and easy slip-on designs to simple closures and extra padding in all the right places.

One shoe has a holographic water-printed upper; another is a blue suede checkerboard version with red velvet hearts and a message on the backs of each heel. All styles include Vans’ ComfyCush technology for comfort. The shoes come in toddler, child and adult sizes and range in price from $45-$65.

The brand posted these images on Instagram, writing, “Introducing the Autism Awareness Collection, an ultra-comfortable footwear pack with sensory-inclusive elements and a calming color palette.”