My favorite boots!
van Miia, Blue Tomato Shop Helsinki, Blue Tomato, 23 feb. 2022
The Vans Hi-Standard OG's Kennedi Deck model is definitely the best boots I have owned so far. I have the size US 9/EU 40 and my foot is 26 cm long. I took this small size because my foot is very narrow and this time I wanted to avoid any kind of lifting of the heel while carving.
I have been using the boots at a local center for a few weeks now, in the slopes and park and I got to say the feeling and board control they give me is so good compared to the boots I have owned before. Before this, I've had all-mountain boots with the same stiffness (5) that had a double-boa system instead of laces. I thought laces would be more of a hassle, but for me, the laces work better. I tight them very well once and then I don't have to touch them later in the day. Also, as a bonus, I love the look of the laces.
Even though I took a smaller size than my foot, I haven't had any cramps or pain in my feet while or after riding for the first time. The best thing about these boots is that they are very responsive to the board. I noticed a clear difference what comes to the edging, which made a positive effect on my performance. I don't think I'm switching these boots for some time and in my opinion, there is a reason that they are the best selling boots from vans. I really can't say anything bad about them at least for now.
In summary, I would recommend these boots for everyone and all levels! They are probably best for the park, but have enough support now and then off-piste visits and carving on the slopes. They are very responsive and do not hurt your feet from day one. Comfort meets technicality and playfulness in this shoe:)