Verdict from 10 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Based on a great percentage of skater fans, the Vans Reflective AVE Pro is an incredible pair of skate shoes. 
  • They feel very comfortable on feet, as several users have commented. 
  • Plenty of wearers praise these Vans sneakers’ great board feel protection.
  • This AVE Pro skate shoe from Vans performs extremely well especially in skateboarding and even in non-skating activities. 
  • A handful of testers approve of the pair’s super lightweight quality.
  • Dozens of customers love this awesome low-top shoe as they look great on feet. 
  • The support on these kicks is outstanding, mention numerous Vans users. 
  • A lot of owners have received nice compliments on the pair. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • There are a few users who don’t find the shoes very durable. 
  • The upper is prone to rip faster, as per a number of wearers. 

Bottom line

Appearing as part of Anthony Van Engelen’s collaboration with Vans, the Reflective AVE Pro is regarded as one of the brand’s “most technically advanced” skate shoe. These highly improved sneakers combine signature styles with premium and performance-driven materials to provide a well-suited sneaker for everyday wear. It is undeniably obvious that they combine performance with practical function to deliver an unrivaled pro skate silhouette. 

Good to know

The Reflective AVE Pro is offered in unisex sizing. It is suggested for one to go their usual size as these sneakers fit true to size. For more sizing options, half sizes are made available for the pair to cater to those who are more comfortable going half sizes up. 

With a full lace-up closure, the flat laces on weaving through the upper can be adjusted for a tighter and more secure fit. 

Designed with a low-profile silhouette, these Vans AVE Pro shoes showcase breathable and durable suede, mesh, textile, and synthetic uppers encased by Vans’ iconic RapidWeld fusing system that offers a much stronger, lighter, and flexible finish than conventional stitching methods. Featuring a reflective ink technique and hi-vis strips, this makes for more heightened visibility in low-light situations. Also, reflective silver Vans logos are noticeable on the sides of the sneakers.

Boasting a sleek and contemporary array of colorways, namely blanc de blanc/black, reflective grey, port royale/rosewood, and black/smoke, these sneakers have signature Engelen style all over. The sneakers can be styled so easily given that they are very trendy and are aesthetically pleasing. A casual or street style ensemble goes best with these Vans. One can pair them with jeans, denim, baggy pants, jogger pants, shorts, and even chinos. As for the top, a graphic or plain tee, cuffed tees, flannel pieces, and any top that one is comfortable with will do. 

Fitted with a removable and molded footbed, combined with the Ultimate Waffle construction, reinforced Duracap underlays, and Rapidweld no-sew construction, comfort is unrivaled while withstanding the daily abuse of skateboarding. In addition, a lightweight mesh on the tongue and inner panels provides more breathability. The LuxLiner internal sock-fit construction, with a tongue and internal liner integration, provides a locked-in fit, a more comfortable feel, and improved skate responsiveness. 

With enhanced Vans’ cupsole and Ultimate Waffle construction, which is both durable and shock-absorbing, this provides the best high impact support and protection. For the outsole, the original Waffle outsole technology combines built-in impact cushioning, exceptional board control, grip to all surfaces, and an internal stabilizing shank for more balanced support.

In 1966, two brothers named Paul Van Doren and Jim Van Doren established The Van Doren Rubber Company in Anaheim, California. But before Vans became Vans it had quite a history. Paul Van Doren decided to take on the challenge of starting a new sneaker brand with also a new concept.

He partnered with his brother Jim and their long-time business associate Serge D’Elia. All three moved their families to Southern California and set up the operation of the new brand in Anaheim. It took almost a year to put together the self-reliant shoe factory. 

Since their conception, Vans’ classic deck shoes have become contemporary footwear icons. With their thick vulcanized rubber soles and molded waffle grips, Vans’ slip-on and lace-up trainers now come in over 60 styles. Vans also have major collaborations with iconic artists and personalities.

One of which is Anthony Van Engelen. With Anthony Van Engelen's outstanding power and style, he created the Vans Reflective AVE Pro, which is built with uncompromising, technically advanced skate shoe technology. Building his legacy of innovation, the AVE line has designed the most advanced Vans shoe to date.

  • When Kyle Walker was nearly killed by an SUV while filming his skate video, the Vans’ design crew created a reflective pack for Kyle and the rest of the team to increase their visibility in low-light situations, one of which is the Reflective AVE Pro.
  • The ‘Vans Off The Wall AVE’ print branding is seen across the front of the tongue.
  • The sneakers feature an embossed toe cap and Ollie area.   
  • For more branding details, the iconic black-tag labeling on the eyelet panel and with woven ‘AVE’ heel detailing are attached. 
  • There are also two pairs of shoelaces in gray and black that come with the shoes. 

Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.