Size and fit

Fit & Sizing

The Vans Golden Coast Authentic is for sale in unisex sizes. Like other Vans Authentic models, this one is also equipped with a lace-up closure. This gives users the ability to tighten and loosen the fit. 

Vans Golden Coast Authentic Style

Sporting Vans sneakers which have collars outlining the bottom half of the ankle can either be worn with high or no-show socks. In the case of the low-top Vans Golden Coast Authentic, the former is preferred because the latter would tend to have the collar rubbing against the Achilles unless the shoe is broken in. These high socks would blend well with joggers or pin-rolled pants and denim jeans as well. It is preferred to root for slimming pants due to the minimalist effect of Authentics.

The check pattern found on the sneaker’s upper comes in two parts--the toe box and the remaining portion of mid and heel. The collars are also embellished in black accents outlining the top part of the sneaker. And of course, white laces are used to complement the checkerboard pattern.

Notable Features

At a glance, the Vans Authentic Golden Coast looks very similar to the Checkerboard Authentic. By inspecting further, the latter come in all shades possible like red, blue, and brown while the former is only available in a black and white combo. When comparing both of these shoes in the same black and white pattern, the Golden Coast radiates an off-white tint as compared to the Checkerboard which is dipped in True White.

Vans Golden Coast Authentic History

The intense passion for creating footwear brought the brothers Van Doren from the east coast to the west side of the U.S. Their magic touch in replenishing the lost sales momentum of factories was tested when their employer, Randy, decided to appoint them at a near-bankrupt factory in California. Paul with his brother Jim obliged, moving their family as well.

The brothers along with their friends had successfully re-established the particular Randy’s company in Garden Grove, California which was even more flourishing than their East Coast counterpart.  With enough experience in shoe manufacturing and a green thumb of some sort for creating shoes, Paul and his comrades decided to set up their own shop at Anaheim.

The Van Doren Rubber Company was established on March 16, 1966, at 704 East Broadway. The system was to produce hand-made shoes depending on the customer’s preference. One of the choices during the early stages of their enterprise was the Style #44 or now famously known as the Authentic. After years of operating, the Authentic stuck to the crowd not only as a deck shoe but as an everyday lifestyle option.

After more than a decade, Vans introduced the checkerboard design which was picked up from street nuts who doodle on their white Vans shoes. The Cali-brand mirrored the idea and made it an official design pattern in 1977 which was even made iconic by Jeff Spicoli, a character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High played by Sean Penn.

Mashing the two concepts together, the Vans Golden Coast Authentic brings the best of what Vans can contribute to the fashion table. Piecing together two prestigious themes in the footwear industry gave birth to a versatile silhouette that was loved by all ages.

Additional Info

  • For underfoot durability and traction, the sneaker employs the iconic waffle outsole.
  • Its flat laces run through metal eyelets for a smooth, customizable fit.
  • The upper is composed of canvas material.

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Authentic
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Vulc Sole, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Season: Summer, Spring

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