By, Lexi Kortman | Writer
March 22, 2019
Somehow, humanity keeps upping the ante with the various things it’s able to say “always land a certain side down.” There was toast, which always lands butter-side down, to cats, which always land on their feet, but these two long-held, frequently-tossed-around objects have to look out for a brand new bottom-side-up crowd favorite: Vans shoes.
On March 2, 2019, Twitter user @Ibelievthehype brought this information to light, posting a video of thom throwing their Vans with the caption “Did you know it doesn’t matter how you throw your Vans they will land facing up.” Since then, thousands of videos have been recorded and posted to social media of people simply throwing their Vans to test this theory, most of which end with success. This new internet challenge, known as the “Vans challenge,” has gained an exorbitant amount of attention, with over 12.7 thousand posts to #VansChallenge on Instagram, and has caused many debates about the new phenomenon.
“The Vans Challenge is so stupid,” said senior Cory Sugano. “Of course Vans are going to land on the bottom, since that’s the heaviest part. It’s literally common sense.”
Twitter users were quick to point out that this challenge will work with virtually any shoe, simply because the heaviest part of shoes is the bottom. Videos began to circulate not only of Vans being thrown, but Crocs and even cowboy boots.
“Everyone was hyping up Vans for always landing upright, but I tried it and was disappointed – my vans failed me yet again, and didn’t land upright.” Senior Juliette Clark said. “Meanwhile, I’ve had my pair of pink crocs since seventh grade, and they are still shiny and good as new because they are made out of all-terrain, indestructible, waterproof rubber. I slingshotted them along with my four other pairs or crocs down my staircase, and guess what? They landed upright so I could conveniently slide them on. I trust Crocs over vans any day.”
Whatever shoes you decide to toss around, just have fun with it, and try not to scuff your kicks up too much.