Size and fit

Fit & Sizing

The low-top Vans Color Block Era was released in unisex sizes, ranging from men’s 4-women’s 5.5 up to men’s 13/women’s 14.5. It has a medium width. The canvas upper delivers a durable, flexible, and well-ventilated feel. Meanwhile, the low collar offers freedom of movement for the ankle.

Vans Color Block Era Style

With its unique design, the Color Block Era from Vans can add an interesting touch to any outfit. Another casual sneaker addition in the Vans catalog, it was released in a few colorways, including Black/True White, White/Black, and Red/Blue/Yellow. These options offer attractive color combinations that would suit casual occasions.

For the ladies, the kicks can be paired with skinny jeans, pants, joggers, dresses, shorts, and skirts. The top can be a t-shirt, sweatshirt or pullover, along with a denim jacket or cardigan. Men can wear these shoes with pants, cargo shorts, and jeans along with a t-shirt, polo shirt or button-down. Pastel and neutral hues will go well with the sneaker’s low-profile yet quirky flair.  

Notable Features

With their sturdy canvas upper, the Color Block Era Vans shoes offer a unique and contemporary touch. Their color-blocked upper updates the classic appeal of the Era sneakers in the Vans Era collection. The color blocking is done on the upper, tongue, and midsole for a striking flair. It has a breathable lining that keeps the foot cool and fresh.

The collar is also padded to provide additional comfort in addition to ankle support. Classic Vans Era shoe details such as flat laces, metal eyelets, and unpadded tongue are all present in this sneaker. Vans branding is found near the laces as well as on the heel tab, which features the Vans Off the Wall logo.

Vans Color Block Era History

It was on March 16, 1966, that the Van Doren Rubber Company first opened its doors in Anaheim, California. In just a few years, the brand's deck shoes would become favorites in the skating community due to their grippy soles and durable structures. It marked the beginning of the company's influence in the sport, which would last for a long time.

Rebranded as Vans, the brand then sought to work with professional skaters to deliver the best kicks to the community. In 1975, Vans collaborated with skaters Stacy Peralta and Tony Alva to produce what was initially known as the Vans #95. It had a sleek silhouette that skateboarders instantly liked. Besides, it also had padding on the ankle area as well as a non-slip bottom.

These features made the model a modern classic at the time. The shoe has since been renamed as the Vans Era, and its popularity has not waned in the ensuing years. It remains to be a sought-after shoe both in the skate world and in the lifestyle scene. As such, Vans has expanded the collection to include many variations of the favorite sneaker.

One exceptional version is the Vans Color Block Era, which combines the original’s low-top design with a sturdy canvas upper. Signature Era details are present in the model, down to the waffle outsole. The updated style features a rad new look that still retains a retro appeal. Primary colors are used for the color blocking, offering a bold look.

The sneaker is another worthy addition to the Vans Era shoes' collection. It offers modern men and women the chance to enjoy a pair of vintage kicks with just the right amount of contemporary styling.

Additional Info

  • The vulcanized rubber outsole features the signature Vans waffle tread that delivers traction and flexible grip.
  • Shock-absorbing comfort is offered by the cushioned footbed.
  • The double-stitched vamp provides additional durability.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas / Fabric
Colorways: Black

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