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The Vans Sneakers Buying Guide

Continually championing active and contemporary lifestyles, Vans masterfully represents classic West Coast style. Vans sneakers are instantly recognized by their classic silhouettes and bold white soles. Comfortable, practical and abiding in every regard, each distinctive silhouette is brought up to date by quirky prints and bold colorways.

Vans sneakers have been impressing fans of old school California skateboarding and snowboarding styles since the 1960s. With their simple and functional “off the wall” design, they're loved by many. Vans are at the heart of youth culture yet are still worn by many generations who appreciate the iconic design. Ahead, take a look at our Vans sneakers buying guide, which will help you narrow down the styles that work best for you and work out which size you should go for. 

The Most Wanted Vans Sneakers

  • Vans Old Skool Sneakers

    One of the brand’s most recognizable styles, Vans Old Skool sneakers feature the iconic white side stripe and a signature waffle outsole for added grip. The lining and padded collar provides support and flexibility, and while durable reinforced toe caps are built to withstand repeated wear. Vans Old Skool low-top sneakers come in a wide range of colors and prints, from classic black and white to checked, red and camouflage iterations. 

  • Vans Anaheim Classic Slip-on Sneakers

    This stand-out black and white checkerboard sneaker pays homage to the first-ever Vans factory in Anaheim, California. Inspired by the original Vans Classic slip-on, these have a slightly higher foxing tape and glossed sidewalls. Made from heavyweight 10oz canvas, they come with cushioned inners and a padded ankle collar for extra comfort. The Vans signature waffle outsole provides extra grip, and the red Vans license plate is displayed on the heel.

  • Vans Authentic Platform 2.0 Sneakers

    Vans Authentic Platform 2.0 Sneakers are a casualwear staple. This canvas sneaker boasts lacing, classic stitching, and the signature platform rubber waffle outsole. The materials in this range are free from animal products, including the glues, which are 100% vegan. Choose from a huge selection of colors. 

The Vans Sneakers Sizing Guide

Vans sneakers use US sizing. You can use the chart below to find how this corresponds with your usual UK or IT/EU size. For example, if you wear a women’s UK 4 or an EU 37, you should buy your Vans sneakers in a 7.

The size conversion from women’s to men’s footwear is 1.5 sizes down. So, if you’re a 7 in women’s shoes, you’d be a 5.5 in men’s.

Vans' Skate shoes are a tighter fit, so you may want to go a half size up. However, if you have a broader foot, we recommend opting for a size larger. 


How To Care For Your Vans Sneakers

To help keep your Vans clean and fresh, follow the tips below:

- Brush away any dirt found on the surface of the sneakers with a soft brush or toothbrush. Try banging the soles of the shoes together to shake off any dust.

- Use a specialist foaming cleaner to remove any lingering stains and allow to air dry. The same goes for the soles and uppers too.

- Protect canvas, leather, nubuck, suede or cotton Vans with a protective spray to keep them looking good against moisture and stains.

- To keep your Vans smelling fresh, use a shoe refresher to deodorize your sneakers.

- If you can’t get hold of a Vans' cleaning kit, ensure the cleaning products you use are designed for the materials your sneakers are made out of. We would also recommend never wearing your sneakers after you've cleaned them until they're completely dry. 

How can I tell if my Vans are authentic?

It's advised that you buy your Vans either directly from Vans themselves or from an established, recommended, and approved retailer. The easiest way to see if your Vans are originals is to examine the trademark rectangular red rubber tab with white logo print, or the white rubber tab with the black logo. This should look impeccable. You should also look for the signature vulcanized rubber soles, as all Vans sneakers have this feature. 

What are my Vans made from?

The soles are made from rubber that's vulcanized for extra grip and stability, and the lining is made out of lightweight cotton canvas. The sneakers’ uppers are made using a variety of materials, including canvas, suede, patent leather, and leather. 

Why are Vans sneakers so popular?

Since their first Hollywood outing by Sean Penn, they've adorned the feet of celebrities and musicians ever since. However, they've never lost their long association with the skateboarding and surfing culture that epitomizes everything Vans stand for.