I am not a guy who’s very into fashionable items. Part of it is because I don’t really spend a lot of time outside. Don’t worry mom; I’m working on my socializing skills!
That said, I still enjoy dressing up and looking nice from time to time.
By “nice”, I mean wearing a top aside from just a crumpled geek shirt, a pair of bottoms that look quite nice with my top, and finally, a cool pair of shoes. Yes, I love footwear.
Fortunately, there are a lot of programs available online that allow me to get free pairs of shoes. One of the programs that I’m quite interested in lately is Vans product testing.
In March 1966, the “Van Brothers” Paul Van Doren and Jim Van Doren, launched the Van Doren Rubber Company together with their partners in Anaheim, California.
It was said that their first store didn’t even have any inventory aside from their displayed pairs. In fact, they didn’t even have enough change for their customers, so Paul allowed them to take their bought pairs home and just pay him the next day.
The iconic “The Authentic” pair was born that day一a pair of deck shoes with a similar design as those by Keds with a thicker sole.
Fast forward ten years, the “Off the Wall” logo was introduced, inspired by skateboarding slang, a niche that made their shoes very popular.
This was also around the same time their “Old Skool” design was born. They have further collaborated with renowned skateboarders, musicians, and other fashion icons through the years.
Almost 60 years after their founding day, they remain to be one of the most popular shoe companies, not just for skateboarders alone, but for those who love the edgy look that their pairs come in.
Who Offers Vans Product Testing?
While they are one of the major shoe brands today, they still don’t have its own product testing program, unlike some of its competitors.
This doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to get their pairs for free. One method that I highly recommend is joining the Vans Family program.
It is a sort of loyalty program that will allow members to earn points that can go towards purchasing a new pair of shoes.
How to Join the Vans Product Testing Program
As the quality and renown of this company grew over the years, it is understandable how the prices of their shoes increased as well.
Their custom shoes and designer shoes, in particular, are worthwhile to get, but they will require a substantial investment.
Hence, it’s no wonder why there are a lot of fans (like myself) who are always on the lookout for opportunities to get pairs for free, or at the very least, take down the price a notch.
This is where the Vans Family program comes in. It is a hybrid between a Get-Paid-To (or GPT) and loyalty program where members can earn points for completing various online tasks.
Most of these tasks are market research related, such as watching their latest ads, answering certain questions, and trying out their products (in the form of actual purchases).
You can then redeem these points to get Vans products at a cheaper price or for free.
It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
Which Vans Products Are Available for Testing?
Since it’s not actually a product testing program, there are no products that are currently lined up for testing. That said, you can choose any of their products to use your points on.
The biggest challenge is how to accumulate enough points to get a free pair or even just a substantial discount that can make all those online tasks worthwhile.
Fortunately, if you’re not particularly choosy with the brand of shoes you get, there are definitely other opportunities out there for you.
Other Sources of Free Shoes
You’ll find testing programs of other major shoe manufacturers below.
Nike Product Testing
I’m not a sports guy, but Nike remains a favorite shoe company of mine. At the very least, it’s the brand of my beloved running shoes. I will certainly be remiss if I fail to feature its testing program in this article.
Their program, Voice of the Athlete, offers three main categories that you can apply for.
These are Adult Testing (for participants who are aged 18 and above), Minor Testing (for participants aged 13 to 17), and Child Testing (for participants who are 12 and younger).
Those who want to register for the Child category will need their parents’ help during the application.
To get started, all you need to do is visit their sign-up page and fill-up an application form. Nike will then go through your application, and if you’re eligible, you’ll promptly get the test invitation and the test packet.
Sadly, you won’t be able to keep the product permanently but hey, any chance to receive a new product, the latest model at that, is a nice deal don’t you think?
- Reputable brand
- Participants of all ages can sign up
- Easy application process
- Eligibility will vary
- Product tested is expected to be returned
Columbia Product Testing
There are a lot of various shoe product testing programs out there, but if there’s one that’s particularly known for its shoe testing program, that would be the sportswear company: Columbia.
They recruit participants from all over the world and through different mediums. I’ve heard of product testers that have been signed up during events and trade shows.
The easiest way to sign up is through their website, though.
Like Nike, you won’t be able to keep the products they send out for testing. Don’t worry; you’ll still be able to wear them for an extended period of time一enough to make the experience worth your while.
For more information, feel free to check out my quick guide on their program.
- Reputable brand
- Various ways of registration
- Varying eligibility and availability of products
- Product tested is expected to be returned
Finally, if you’re looking for a source of product testing programs with a long list of brands to choose from, please feel free to check out my website.
I work tirelessly to get exclusive offers for the members of my community. I get really good ones from time to time. The opportunities I get range from athletic shoes to training shoes.
So, if you want to be a part of our growing community of diligent product testers, all you need to do is sign-up for my newsletter.
I will then send you updates on the latest opportunities as they come.
Eligibility and availability of brands and products will vary, so if you’re looking for a particular pair, say athletic shoes, you might need to wait for a while.
Surprisingly, though, I do get many offers for training shoes.
Other Ways to Get Free Vans and Related Products
Don’t limit yourself to just shoe brands. You can also get free pairs of shoes or any type of product by earning digital gift certificates. You can then use them to purchase various products through major online marketplaces.
Market research companies like Swagbucks and Prize Rebel allows their members to earn points after accomplishing different online tasks.
You can then put redeem your earnings for gift cards. Just check on your chosen company’s gift card redemption feature to make sure that they have the type of GCs you need.
Testing for Vans
Vans is a shoewear brand that is set apart from others due to its role in skateboarding history. Hence, there’s no wonder why there are many people interested in the possibility of Vans product testing.
After all, not only will you get to try their latest products for free, but your valuable input can impact their legacy in skateboarding.
Unfortunately, they currently don’t have an established product testing program, unlike other brands such as Nike and Columbia.
While there are ways to get their shoes for free, we as users don’t have a say in their product research and development efforts for now.
Are you interested in other testing programs instead? Then be sure to sign-up for my newsletter to receive more information.
I am a father to a beautiful baby girl, a husband and a serial gigster 🙂 I live in Toronto, Canada. My claim to fame: I made thousands of dollars from focus groups and surveys over the last 15 years. Studied Marketing in Ryerson Univerity and worked in Marketing and Marketing Research for the last 14 years+ My mission is to educate others how to be successful with side hustles. You can contact my be email or on Facebook.