Who should buy the Vans Gum Authentic

This Vans sneaker is a good match for you if:

  • You want a shoe with a traditional lace-up function with metal eyelets for adjustable lockdown fit and durability
  • You prefer a shoe with a low-cut profile for unrestricted ankle motion
  • You are after a sneaker with a waffle outsole for excellent traction and grip

Vans Gum Authentic Logo

Style of the Vans Gum Authentic

The iconic silhouette of the Vans Gum Authentic is not only recognizable but also coveted for its vintage good looks. The shoe's low-top height and simple style provide versatility, allowing the shoe to pair with plenty of casual clothing, while the gum sole upgrade adds a stylish detail that adds oomph to your ensemble.

Vans Gum Authentic Midsole

Here are some suggested looks you could try to pair with this shoe. To take it back to the colorful ensembles from the 70s try matching the kick with a striped button-down top, a pair of trousers cinched with a belt, and finished with a pair of colored socks. Or you could go for the trendier athleisure look by opting for sweatpants and a crewneck sweatshirt.

Vans Gum Authentic Laces

Notable Features

The vintage appeal of the low-top Vans Gum Authentic coupled with its gum sole is this shoe’s most striking feature. The range’s signature low-top silhouette and durable canvas upper are complemented by tan-hued midsoles, which most consumers found more appealing and more attention-grabbing than regular Authentic models.

Vans Gum Authentic Toe box

History of the Vans Gum Authentic

Officially launched in March 1966, the Van Doren Rubber Company started in Anaheim, California, and was the brainchild of brothers Paul and Jim Van Doren along with their partners Gordon Lee and Serge Delia. Vans' first released sneaker was called Style #44 which was later on renamed to what it is known today as Vans Authentic.

Vans Gum Authentic Heel

The Authentic's lightweight design and ultra-grippy outsole appealed to local skateboarders adopting the casual shoe to the sport. From then on, Vans became a skateboarding brand and had gained a loyal following.

Vans Gum Authentic Outsole

50 years after its debut, the Vans Authentic has virtually remained unchanged and is still recognized as a casual lifestyle staple. The shoe also spawned countless iterations, with one being the Vans Gum Authentic. Aptly named this version features a gum sole which provides better grip compared to traditional rubber soles.

Vans Gum Authentic Collar

Facts / Specs

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

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