Size and fit

The Nike Vandal 2K is available in women’s sizes that range from 5 to 12 which are all constructed in B medium width. It maintains a traditional lace-up enclosure for customizing the fit while being supported by a midfoot stability strap.

The sneaker generally runs true to size and follows the standard build of most shoe manufacturers. Some might feel that their heel would unintentionally slip out when walking, but it is just a typical scenario with most platform shoes especially those surpassing a thickness of 1.5 inches.

Nike Vandal 2K Style

Shoes with such lift like the Nike Vandal 2K can almost replace the elegance of wearing chunky Gucci shoes. The sneaker can also blend well with virtually any kind of clothing thanks to the malleable design of OG Vandals imprinted on its upper. Casual jeans are almost a staple with these female-obliging shoes, and sporty clothes can surely be a penultimate choice.

Different editions come with a distinctive set of apparel like for example the Nike Vandal 2K pink should be complemented with pink accessories or clothing that has a rosy, glittery accent to them. The darker hints, on the other hand, are more manageable and easier to be suited up with a pair of trousers or skirts. Heck, even a few men had testified to strut a piece of these bad boys.

Notable Features

Seldom was a Nike shoe be built in platform styles but with these Nike Vandal 2K’s, almost all parts stand out. From the thick, multi-layered soles to the velcro strap at the middle of the lace bed, the female-centric sneaker dwells on the vogue side of apparel. The tongue and heel tab honor the shoemaker’s name by displaying its brand and logo along with the Swoosh on the side panels.

Nike Vandal 2K History

It would almost be disrespectful to talk about basketball shoes without paying a nod to the first-ever silhouette assembled to traverse the hardwood court. The Converse All Stars, a first of its kind, was introduced in the year 1917 when basketball was nearly a toddler in the sporting realm. Its promoter was Chuck Taylor who traveled around the country to intimately advertise the sneaker to teams. His actions were eventually honored by infusing his name on the shoe, making it spell Converse Chuck Taylor All Star.

It was only righteous to include Converse in a Nike-specific article because as of 2003, the former became a subsidiary of Nike and there was no stopping the duo ever since. This move expanded Nike’s basketball franchise to span for decades instead of settling within the last quarter of the 20th century.

Before the Oregon company resorted to the goddess of victory moniker, they were doing alright under the name Blue Ribbon Sports. Running was the brand’s first love prompted by the founders Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight’s strong inclination to the sport. The models they produced like the Waffle Racer and the Cortez reflect their deep passion in enhancing the performance of athletes.

Speaking of pros, there was one sport that gradually rose to fame and raked in a heap of fans along the way. Basketball was an intense sport which requires quick, agile moves and energy longevity that could be aided by, yes you guessed it, the right kind of shoes. The late 60s turned a new leaf when it comes to basketball footwear, and Nike shared a piece of the mumbo jumbo nearing the early 70s.

Spearheading Nike’s basketball franchise are the Bruin and the Blazer. These sleek sneakers were considered one of the top tier iterations for basketball during its early years. George “The Iceman” Gervin’s prowess boosted the Blazer’s status into untapped market territories which gave leverage to Nike’s ambitious goal of being a household name.

  The birth of a timeless design

The glory years of the Blazers and Bruins soon faded, and it was time for another silhouette to dominate the streets and the hardwood. It took Nike a relatively long time before they came up with a promising successor to the Blazer’s brilliance. Little did the Nike fans knew that the Swoosh company was formulating something out of this world in their design kitchen and it needed an actual aerospace engineer to do the job. Enter the Nike Air Tailwind, one of Nike’s iconic inclusions to their lifelong catalog of shoes.

It was not the Tailwind, per se, which revived the basketball-centric division of Nike, but one of its children. The new-age tech of the Air-sole unit was habitually experimented upon since its debut courtesy of the Tailwind. This constant search for a powerful successor resulted with the birth of the Air Force 1, a basketball sneaker with an encapsulated air bubble on the heel.

The Nike Air Force 1 was the start of many other projects that feature the same upper design. The artistry permeating through the surface of the sneaker was ubiquitous enough to have transcended decades without Bruce Kilgore knowing it. By the way, Kilgore was the one who created the Air Force 1 from its tooling to its shaft.

It was in 1982 when the Air Force 1 was released, and since 1987, the sneaker had been resting on sneaker boutiques for decades. The timeless appearance of the high-top sneaker, from the seams to the shape, spawned numerous follow-ups which bear the same image. Famous examples of some basketball silhouettes in the same era are the Nike Dunks, Air Jordan I’s (of course), and the under-appreciated Nike Vandal.

  The Nike Vandal legacy

Amid Nike’s blooming career in basketball, one model was overshadowed by Jordan’s prominence--the Nike Vandal. The said sneaker mirrors the upper of the Air Force 1 but revamps the sole by omitting the Air-Sole unit albeit the reason for its unpopular stature before. It was primarily intended as an alternate basketball silhouette between the Jordan’s and the AF 1’s but was soon caught the eye of skaters and B-Boys.

The Nike Vandal’s release in 1984 was timely in an era of high socks and synth pop flourishing throughout the media. Its high-top ankle height proved relevant in styling clothes that parallel that of Madonna’s outrage when she was swirling on stage. Due to its versatile facade, the Vandal was remodeled into different themes and cuts a year after it was unveiled. It had lost its spark eventually when Reebok and other Nike products hogged the sportswear market approaching the 90s.

Decades have passed since it had again seen the light of day, but one aspect in humanity’s confusing plethora of interests resurrected the Vandal’s appeal. The proliferation of vintage-inspired designs opened the doors of opportunity for kicks in the past, and the Nike Vandal was one that should not be trifled with.

On its revival in 2012, the retro high top sneaker took another name: the Vandal High Supreme which was eventually reconstructed to a platform sneaker called the Nike Vandal 2K. This women’s particular iteration draws a lot of inspiration from past colorways like the Nike Vandal 2K in a black and metallic gold combo. The duly improved for lifestyle sneaker stars in glossy textile uppers with a skyrocketing sole that is built to add inches to a ladies’ height.

This platform Nike shoe was first witnessed in 2018, but in a year alone, numerous renditions were already featured. Also known as the Nike Vandal 2K Double Stack, the high-rise fashion item removes boredom to its tooling and would be seen with layers of alternating midsoles.

Another one of its nod-to-the-past pieces was the Nike Vandal 2K metallic silver with a dash of prestigious pigments like gym red and obsidian. The sneaker’s upper is covered in a silky silver finish while the perfect mix of the accents mentioned above shrouds the mid strap and the platform midsole.

Additional Info

  • More colorways include a Floral print on the upper and a gym blue with summit white elements.
  • The platform sole is around 2 inches in height.
  • The pink version is also known as particle beige.
  • Cushioning is provided by a lightweight Phylon midsole.

Facts / Specs

Style: Platform, Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Vandal
Closure: Laces, Strap
Material: Rubber Sole, EVA
Season: Spring, Summer

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.