Size and fit

Offered in medium width, the Vans Retro Sport Era conveys a standard fit that its originator carries. This unisex low-top sneaker is available in men’s sizing that goes from size 3.5 US to size 13 US with the half sizes also incorporated. Women that are getting a pair of the shoe must go down from 1.5 to 2 from their usual sizing.

Vans Retro Sport Era Style

Being one of the popularly known brands in the sneaker industry, Vans has not just made a statement in the skateboarding community, but it has also marked its place in the fashion industry. Recognized for producing quality, stylish sneakers, Vans continues to create silhouettes that never go out of style.

With the Vans Retro Style Era shoe, the brand was able to blend sports and style in a clean manner. Showcasing the classic design of the Vans Era, this low-top sneaker delivers an appeal that suits well for a street-inspired look. It expresses a balanced combination of fun, athletic, and an edgy vibe that allows the wearer to rock the shoe in various occasions. It also conveys a flexible characteristic that enables the wearer to match it up with the outfit of their choice.

Notable Features

Retaining the classic design of its originator, the Retro Sport Era shoe by Vans displays an updated look with the use of a 10 oz. canvas material that covers its upper construction. The low-top sneaker also features metal eyelets along with a padded collar that provides enhanced support and flexibility. Its vulcanized midsole and its signature rubber waffle outsoles finish up the whole design of the silhouette.

Vans Retro Sport Era History

A decade before the Vans Era silhouette was introduced, Paul Van Doren left the rubber company and established his own company. The Van Doren Rubber Company was founded in 1965 by Randolph and his brother, James Van Doren along with some other of their friends. With the company’s institution, the Vans Authentic was also introduced which was its first shoe to feature a canvas and rubber combination.

Needing a shoe that would meet the requirements is necessary for skaters. Thus the Vans Era was created. It was in March 1976 that the first design of the Vans Era was introduced, featuring the canvas upper with double stitching and the rubber gum outsole as well as the additional padding for increased comfort.

Initially known as the Style #95, the Vans Era was designed by Z-Boys members, Stacy Peralta, and Tony Alva. It was also the shoe that commenced the popular campaign we all know as the “Off The Wall.” The first colorways produced for the shoe was only navy blue and red. Eventually, more colorways were introduced in a wide variety of choices. The Vans Custom was also launched by the brand, giving the people the opportunity to customize their pair.

Variations for the silhouette were also released with the brand making iterations on the sneaker’s appearance and updating its design. The Vans Sport Retro Era delivers the remarkable design of the Era but with a notable update on the materials used on its structure to enhance its performance. An attractive set of colorways were also offered for the shoe.

Additional Info

  • The Vans Retro Sport Era is retailed at $50.
  • Flat laces come with the sneaker.
  • A distinctive white colored tongue is featured on the shoe.
  • The “Off The Wall” callout is seen on the heel of the sneaker.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Retro Sport
Colorways: Green / Red / Pink / Grey

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