This is a great looking and good feeling pair of shoes. They also come in a mind-boggling array of colours, and you can even customize them with your own colors/designs on the Vans website. I found they were not as functional for sports as a regular pair of lace up skate shoes. They also are not great for running, and do not protect your feet as much from the elements and abuse.
They are actually pretty good for skateboarding, because they are so light and they have a good tread design. It just hurts a lot more if you hit the top of your foot on something. There is also no ankle protection, which, for me is bad for skateboarding or especially biking. For just walking around they are great, especially inside at school or work. If you are outside in the snow, your feet are going to get wet.
A lot of people hate the way these shoes look, and a lot of people love them. Personally, I think they are cool looking. The checker motif is a bit played by now, but I still think they look neat,. I also find them pretty comfortable and very light.
I got them for a birthday present, so that was not bad value. i think they retail around $30-40.
These don't fit as snugly as most lace up sneakers, because they have to have room for you to slip your fit into them. This doesn't make them uncomfortable, they just move around a little.
an older pair that I had started to shred on the top at the bending point, and the fabric part just came apart from there. This was after about 3-6 months of pretty hard use and everyday wear with alot of walking around in a restaurant kitchen, at school, and outside as well as some skateboarding and BMX riding. The outsole also was worn smooth except underneath the arch and at the tip of the toe.