Who should buy the Vans Authentic Slim

This low-cut Vans sneaker is a good match for you if:

  • You are after a durable shoe inspired by Skating
  • You want a sneaker with a flexible outsole to keep feet from sliding easily on smooth and wet surfaces

Vans Authentic Slim Logo

Style of the Vans Authentic Slim

Transitioning from skate-inspired to casual profile is no sweat with the classic Vans Authentic, made even effortless with its slim build. Its traditional form merges with any imaginable impromptu streetwear look, from leggings, capris, tapered pants to joggers, sweatpants, dresses, and shorts. The thin leather string that passes through its metal eyelets creates a charming contrast to its canvas casing which amps up any free and comfortable outfits. Underneath this low-top is the signature Vans waffle tread that keeps feet stable all day.

Vans Authentic Slim Midsole

Notable Features

A little twist is devised on the richly celebrated Authentic, giving its over 50-year-old skate-centric silhouette a subtle makeover by contouring its shape. Reintroduced as the low-top Vans Authentic Slim, this sneaker slashes down weight from the upper and sole by sculpting and trimming down the sides. This slim form preserves the essential skate shoe elements by fusing its slightly padded footbed with a tacky rubber outsole. This new form is adorned and prettified using complementary leather laces.

Vans Authentic Slim Laces

History of the Vans Authentic Slim

There are lots of sneaker makeups sprouting every season, and the same bug hit the So-Cal favorite skate brand that came up with a sexier frame for its well-loved classic Vans Authentic, reintroduced as the Vans Authentic Slim.

Vans Authentic Slim Toebox

The original Vans Authentic had a simple canvas upper and already donned a sticky rubber outsole with waffle tread long before Nike conceived its Moon Shoe which had an outsole design influenced by a waffle iron. Priced not more than $5, the first Vans #44, which granted skaters a good feel of their board with its vulcanized sole feature, was an instant hit since day one.

Vans Authentic Slim Heel

The introduction of the Vault collection in 2003 strengthened the brand’s presence among skaters and sneaker fanatics. This places the Vans Authentic and other core models of the brand such as the Era, Old Skool, Slip-On, and SK8-Hi on the map as much-sought silhouettes for skating and everyday styling.

Vans Authentic Slim Tongue

Facts / Specs

Base model: Vans Authentic
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Colorways: Beige / Purple / Blue / Black / Pink / Red
Special editions: 3 special editions

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Danny McLoughlin

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