Verdict from +100 user reviews

12 reasons to buy

  • The K-Swiss Classic VN is available at a budget-friendly price point.
  • The large percentage of the wearers disclosed that the Classic VN delivers excellent comfort perfect for everyday use.
  • Many liked the reliable durability of this model.
  • This shoe runs true to size.
  • A handful of users liked the versatility of this shoe. Some of them use the K-Swiss Classic VN for work, light workouts, in their travels and even while strolling the streets paired with any casual attire.
  • The majority of the respondents highly recommended this footwear.
  • This shoe is easy to clean, praised by some reviewers.
  • Available in multiple colorways.
  • This shoe is considered lightweight by many buyers.
  • Some reviewers loved that this pair is an excellent alternative to the "old-school" vibe without buying into the trend.
  • Some commended the removable insole which they could change with their preferred orthotics.
  • A couple of reviewers noted the excellent lateral support that is suitable for the wearers with a weak ankle.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer complained about the short shoelaces of the K-Swiss Classic VN.
  • A couple of reviewers complained that this pair gets dirty easily.
  • Some complained about the stiffer fit compared to the original K-Swiss Classic pair.

Bottom line

The K-Swiss Classic VN stayed faithful to the heritage profile while providing fresh touch to any ensemble. The K-Swiss Classic VN delivers value for money for its versatility, durability, and excellent comfort that suits practical buyers looking for an alternative to the more expensive pairs.

While this shoe is considered the affordable approach to the court classic style, few still bumped a star off the reviews as they find the original model better than the VN. They realized this updated version to be stiffer and less durable than its forerunner.

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Good to know

The K-Swiss Classic VN is available in both men and women sizing. Men have a size range of 6 to 15 US in medium to extra wide width. Meanwhile, women have sizes 5 to 14 US in medium width. This model runs true to size for the majority of the reviewers. This tennis-inspired sneaker has ample lateral support and cushy EVA midsole for adequate comfort. The lace-up closure system utilizes metal D-rings for a secure fit.

The low-top K-Swiss Classic VN displays throwback design that serves a smart addition to one's laidback look. It has a noteworthy premium leather upper with the iconic five stripes designs and the three-piece toe for the durability. This pair delivers a versatile look that will surely complement any casual look.

Some wearers sport their Classic VNs with skinny jeans or sweat pant, with or without socks. Finishing off their whole look is a crisp plain tee and a jacket for a smart casual ensemble. For the ladies, they opt to strut their K-Swiss Classic VN with a shirt dress, leggings, and denim shorts and paired with graphic tees, button down or tank tops.

The classic silhouette of the K-Swiss Classic VN that has been existing since the 60s made this footwear highly noticeable for many onlookers. Its premium upper with details reminiscent of the retro tennis fashion turned a striking feature for the contemporary market who are into throwback look.

The K-Swiss brand was founded by two Swiss brothers named Ernest and Art Brunner in the 60s. When they moved to California, they were unable to find suitable tennis shoes for them which paved the way to their realization of the potential in the footwear market.

K-Swiss name was taken a cue from the local kids in Europe. 'K' came from the word Kalifornia, which was the slang for California during the 60s. And the brothers added the K to their nationality, thus creating a simple yet appealing brand name. Their chosen brand name also symbolizes the fusion of the Swiss heritage with the lifestyle look of the Americans.

In 1966, the brand launched its first tennis shoe made of premium leather and called this the Classic. The design was inspired by the three-piece upper of ski-boot with five side bindings and five D-ring shoelace system. These features allow maximum lateral movement crucial in skiing and in playing tennis.

The K-Swiss easily turned as an indispensable part of the tennis courts across the US and beyond. The brand launched the Classic VN (Van) as the modernized version of the classic style. It uses upgraded materials that symbolizes the history of American tennis domain.

  • The upper of the K-Swiss Classic VN is made of leather with a synthetic leather collar lining for added comfort and durability.
  • It has a durable rubber outsole that delivers excellent traction for various surfaces.
  • It has the soft cushioned IMEVA midsole for lightweight support.
  • The Shield logo is found woven at the tongue and heel for added style element.
  • This product weighs approximately 397 grams.


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