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The Authentic, Vans original and now iconic style, is a simple low top, lace-up with durable canvas upper, metal eyelets, Vans flag label and Vans original Waffle Outsole.
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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
VansAuthentic
 
4.5

(based on 1489 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (988)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (389)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (20)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish (1224)
  • Comfortable (1156)
  • Durable (655)
  • Versatile (651)
  • BREATHES WELL (468)

Cons

  • Stains easily (310)
  • Poor arch support (243)
  • Wears out quickly (174)
  • Poor cushioning (108)
  • Chafes easily (104)

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (25)
  • Going out (16)
  • Travel (10)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      73% 

      (19 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      92% 

      (22 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Stylish (16), Trendy style (6), Conservative (3)
    • View On Shoes:
    • I'm really into shoes (11), I'm into shoes (7), Shoes are for wearing (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing looking show...Bad for skating

Well I had two pairs of Authenitcs, One was Black with Gothic grape stitching and laces. The others were just black. My Gothic grape ones I skated for a month and already had...Read complete review

Well I had two pairs of Authenitcs, One was Black with Gothic grape stitching and laces. The others were just black. My Gothic grape ones I skated for a month and already had needed a new pair or cover it with shoe goo. My others for casual wear were really good. There nice and stylish and can look good with almost anything....But It was pure black, and i could see stains so easily. And I only wore then inside places. No lie I would ride to a mall in my old shoes then change them once i get inside...Weird fetish but still.... This shoe is still worth its price.... I just don't recommend it for skating purposes unless its long-boarding or cruising.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

love and hate these shoes

i love these shoes because they are really cute and go with a lot of outfits. the only cons are they make a squeaking noise when i walk and they hurt my feet if...Read complete review

i love these shoes because they are really cute and go with a lot of outfits. the only cons are they make a squeaking noise when i walk and they hurt my feet if i walk around too much in them. they are all around a pretty good shoe.

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5.0

omg

By fart

from STRAYA

About Me Stylish

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Travel

    Comments about Authentic:

    these were amazing I would recommend them to anyone

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • View On Shoes:
    • I'm Really Into Shoes

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Great shoes, my favorite

    By Fox

    from New York City

    About Me Stylish

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • Wear Out Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Going Out

    Comments about Authentic:

    I love these shoes, they are pretty cool and they look just like the pictures. This shoe actually allowed me to find out my true shoe size. I wanted to wear it barefoot, but it was too loose so I went to a Vans store for the first time and got exchanged for a half size smaller and it fit pretty well. These have to be the best shoes that I have and they aren't expensive either!

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • View On Shoes:
    • Shoes are for Wearing

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sick shoes

    By Jared

    from Split between South LA Cty & Chicago

    About Me Trendy

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Economical
    • Quality Feel
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • Seem like they'd wear out

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Going Out

    Comments about Authentic:

    Sick shoes. I live in SoCal half the year and surf, and these shoes get compliments. I can also wear them with my suit and be acceptable (got the pewters). Like the price and how many colors they come in. Super easy.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • View On Shoes:
    • Shoes are for Wearing

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Vans pros and cons

    By Sydney

    from georgia

    About Me Stylish

    Pros

    • Stylish

    Cons

    • Wear Out Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Going Out

    Comments about Authentic:

    They tend to wear out easy and dont last very long . They become dirty and the sides always come unglued and bulge out.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow
    • View On Shoes:
    • I'm Really Into Shoes

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Adding arch support changes everything!

    By a lazy p

    from los angeles

    About Me Stylish

    Pros

    • Comfortable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear

      Comments about Authentic:

      Birkenstock makes an insole/arch support that works magic with vans. They basically turn your vans into a shoe that supports like a Birkenstock and gives you that casual vans feel of vulcanized construction. they honestly feel better than Birkenstock sandles. Vans should do a collaboration with Birkenstock and kill the shoe game.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • View On Shoes:
      • I'm Really Into Shoes

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it!!!

      By anonymous

      from Birmingham, Alabama

      About Me Stylish

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Going Out
        • Travel

        Comments about Authentic:

        my first pair of vans were the authentic true red/black and i love them i've always wanted a pair and i cant wait to buy the pair.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • View On Shoes:
        • I'm Really Into Shoes

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love 'em!

        By Mouse

        from Somewhere

        About Me Conservative

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear
          • Going Out
          • Travel

          Comments about Authentic:

          These shoes are great. I've been wearing Vans my entire life. Hesse are the only shoes I buy.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • View On Shoes:
          • Shoes are for Wearing

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Overall great!

          By sports_4_life

          from houston

          About Me Trendy

          See all my reviews

          Pros

            Cons

            • Stain easily
            • Wear Out Quickly

            Best Uses

            • Casual Wear
            • Going Out
            • Travel

            Comments about Authentic:

            Good thing about the black vans is that they go with almost anything I wear. However these authentic shoes aren't exactly the most "comfortable". But of course it's what you pay for. I've had them maybe 4 months and it did start wearing off a bit. However it is impressive how I wore them across Europe and they still look good. Would buy again, just not the same color. Recommended for wearing indoors.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • View On Shoes:
            • I'm Into Shoes

            Comment on this review

            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Favorite shoe of all time

            By Currently Caples

            from Baltimore

            About Me Trendy

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Stylish

            Cons

            • Wear Out Quickly

            Best Uses

            • Casual Wear
            • Going Out
            • Travel

            Comments about Authentic:

            Best shoe in the world, good for winter and summer, goes with almost any outfit, cheap in price, comes in many colors, shoe has a place in history, timeless.

            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • View On Shoes:
            • Shoes are for Wearing

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great style, comfortable, but size options limited

            By Thor

            from Philly Burbs

            About Me Stylish

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Casual Wear

              Comments about Authentic:

              Been wearing Vans since my teen years (late 70's/early 80s), and always been happy with the style, comfort, and durability. But I finally reached a point (weight gain? IDK) where 12's were a touch too snug, and 13's leave some space in tor area. If I was in the smaller sizes, I could get a half size. But anything over size 12, they're only available in whole sizes. Not much I can do but get the size 13's (dont really want to switch brands, as the one style that is my favorite is not offered anywhere else.

              So, for those < 12 size, five stars. >12, four stars.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • View On Shoes:
              • Shoes are for Wearing

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