Verdict from +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Numerous users are one in saying that the Columbia Vent is one multi-functional sneaker that fits the casual lifestyle of today.
  • The majority of the testers highlight that the comfort level is above average, as expected with any Columbia shoes.
  • Several testers describe that this mesh-covered trainer features premium quality materials.
  • A handful of reviewers mention that the lightness of the Vent makes them feel like walking on clouds.
  • Although lightweight, it provides excellent overall support, comments a few wearers.
  • Shoe aficionados note that they like the sock-like fit design of this low-top.
  • Not only is this kick breathable, but it dries fast too, shares some individuals.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The laces tend to graze the top area of the foot, but goes away once broken in, explains some purchaser.

Bottom line

Lightweight, breathable, quick-drying, and supportive, the Columbia Vent's positive qualities make it a must-have for those looking for an all-purpose sneaker that does not scrimp on form and function.

Beyond the affordable price, this low-top sneaker from Columbia packs superior cushioning care of Techlite™ and maximum traction through Omni-Grip™.

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Good to know

The Columbia Vent is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. Although generally running true to size, it is still best practice to take some time going through the site’s sizing and measurement guide to get the most accurate fit to suit one’s snug preference.

Similar to most of the kicks with mesh uppers, this slip-on sneaker is breathable and flexible. Synthetic overlays secure the crucial areas that are prone to brutal beatings.

A detachable insole allows individuals to replace it with their own orthotics for a more customized fit.

This mesh-dressed Vent features a bungee-style lace-up construction, which allows the wearer to tighten the shoe depending on one’s activity, unlike a handful of the slip-on footwear. With a basic color selection, one need only think of when and where they can flaunt this comfortably casual sneaker.

Engineered mesh fabric clothes the Columbia Vent creating a one-piece unit mimicking many of the shoes with knit upper, creating a clean, seamless design. 

Columbia’s Techlite™ cushioning technology midsole provides long-lasting comfort, shock absorbency, and high energy return, while the Omni-Grip™ non-marking outsoles offer superior traction.

Although a slip-on, the Columbia Vent features a toggle lacing system that has a unique lace hook at the top of the shoestring, enabling it to be hooked to the frontmost and keeping it in place.

Starting out as Columbia Hat Co., it manufactured hats in 1938. The company changed its name to Columbia Sportswear in 1960 as its product offerings have expanded to outerwear items such as skiwear. 

In the years that followed, the sportswear brand has earned a reputation for making quality and durable outdoor apparel and then launched its first footwear line in 1993. With people becoming more practical and conscious about having multi-purpose products, Columbia sure has people making their way look deeper into their sneaker offerings.

The Columbia Vent is released under the Vent Collection that showcases different models from various categories like fishing and hiking. The Vent is among those durably constructed sneakers that enable the wearer to put on one footwear that can cater to a multitude of urban undertakings.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.