Size and fit

The Vans Authentic SF is a unisex pair offered in men's and women's sizing. The brand inserted a removable molded UltraCush sockliner to deliver superb comfort and padding. To boost the overall cozy feel, the brand used cotton drill lining for added breathability. Meanwhile, the lace-up fastening system delivers a personalized and snug fit.

Vans Authentic SF Style

The low-top Vans Authentic Surf kept the charming throwback elements of its predecessor with its flexible and lightweight Nubuck leather upper atop a thick, white midsole. This kick struts its vintage heritage modernized to create a modern cool to keep up with the current trend.

Vans offers this in several designs to suit various fondness of its buyers. The Retro Rainbow colorway features dark blue Nubuck upper with rainbow-colored detail around its midsole. Meanwhile, the Distress Check colorway displays checkered canvas upper with a hint of vintage feel for authentic throwback appeal. Another variation is the Checkerboard Denim that shows the iconic checkerboard print in denim-inspired hue.

This striking kick is practically effortless to style with any ensembles. Some wearers sport this with their baggy pants, rolled-up trousers, or khaki shorts paired with an unbuttoned polo over a plain t-shirt. Meanwhile, some ladies opt to style this with their dress or mini skirt to add a sporty vibe to their girlish attire.

Notable Features

Aside from the noticeable graphics on its upper, what makes the Vans Authentic Surf a true eye-catcher is its kick-down heel. This collapsible heel allows its wearers to slip this kick on easily without the fuss of the lacing technique fitting for wearers with an on-the-go lifestyle.

Vans Authentic SF History

Vans was founded by brothers James and Paul Van Doren in Anaheim, California. They started by selling footwear with a minimalist look and straightforward function. One of the earliest offered silhouettes of the Vans is the Authentic that has remained unchanged for almost fifty years. This iteration was unveiled in March 1966 and was designed by Paul Van Doren, the co-founder of Vans.

The Vans Authentic was also known as # 44 deck shoe that showcases simple design on its canvas upper seated atop a thick vulcanized sole. Many skateboarders enjoyed the simple look that is fitting for their laidback lifestyle. Since then, this model gained a cult-like following and evolved as the kick of choice in the Thrashers domain and has been attached to the skateboarding history in the United States.

The majority expressed admiration to the timeless look of this model which made it hard for the brand to modify the original canvas upper with the thick outsole and tread pattern, that has been applauded by skater and non-skaters all over the globe.

To give its followers alternatives to the timeless Vans Authentic, the brand introduced several variations while keeping all the essential classic details. This model has been a staple in every generation; thus Vans unveiled several re-releases of the Authentic that helped this iteration switch from a pure skating shoe to a lifestyle sneaker smoothly.

This model is delivered in several colorways and among the most favored hues are the Black/White, Black/Black, Estate Blue/True White, Silver Lining/True White, Crimson/True White, Flame, True White, and Baby Blue/True White.

Meanwhile, the Vans Authentic Surf was introduced as a part of the Fall/Winter Surf Collection. This model features the classic details incorporated with the Vans Surf SF build. This model uses water-based glue and inks with graphics on the Nubuck leather upper and collapsible heel.

Additional Info

  • This pair has a single-wrapped foxing tape to provide lightweight comfort.
  • The Pro Vulc Lite construction fuses the lightness, durability, and the waffle-patterned rubber outsole for excellent board feel.
  • This pair has four sets of metal eyelets to provide extra reinforcement.
  • Vans branding can be found on the lateral side and the heel area.
  • The Vans Authentic SF weighs 312 grams.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Vans Authentic
Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans UltraCush
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede, Vulc Sole, EVA

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