Verdict from 12 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The long-awaited release of the Vans x Harry Potter Authentic made tons of Potterheads ecstatic.
  • It is budget-friendly.
  • Plenty of shoppers highly recommended it to all Harry Potter fans who want to geek out and show their loyalty to the Ravenclaw House.
  • The Ravenclaw checkerboard color scheme, embroidered eagle insignia, and such details impressed lots of fans.
  • Several reviewers remarked that this Ravenclaw sneaker is among the best in the Vans x Harry Potter collection.
  • A handful of users shared about getting complimented all day long while wearing these wizardry-themed sneakers.
  • It adds a nice variety to the normal, everyday Vans Authentic, a few users mentioned.
  • The Vans x Harry Potter Authentic generally runs true to size.
  • Many customers called it one of the brand's best collaborations.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Quite a few customers were disappointed that there weren’t Pro options for this model.
  • Some users find the Vans x Harry Potter Authentic to be too expensive not to have UltraCush cushioning.

Bottom line

Vans surprised their fans when they teamed up with Warner Bros. to launch the Vans x Harry Potter collection. The California-based brand has performed magic to some of their iconic silhouettes to take on the Wizarding World and the Muggle World.

The Ravenclaw House has chosen the Authentic’s silhouette—dressing its checkerboard canvas upper, shoelaces, insole, and waffle-tread outsole in their signature blue color. Sitting between the bronze-colored metal eyelets, the tongue boasts its Ravenclaw eagle insignia. The Vans x Harry Potter Authentic, priced at $70 apiece, lives up to the hype.

Good to know

The Vans X Harry Potter Authentic is a unisex design, available in men’s sizes ranging from 3.5 to 13, which is equivalent to women’s sizes ranging from 5 to 14.5.

Moreover, this low-top, laced-up Vans sneaker lets the ankles have full mobility while locking in the feet securely with a custom fitting.

The Authentic had looked good no matter what was done to it—even when it entered the Hogwarts Universe and got dressed in a Ravenclaw uniform. It looks just as good, if not better. This time, Potterheads, especially those who are students under the Ravenclaw House, can enjoy this exciting sneaker and prove their loyalty to Hogwarts. Bearing the timeless Authentic silhouette, this collaborative sneaker fits about any type of clothing or style for both sexes.     

The Authentic's silhouette virtually remains unchanged even though it has been subjected to multiple iterations and collaborations. It won't even be a stretch to say that the Authentic has had taken almost all colors in the spectrum and imaginable experiments in material.

The silhouette proves to be inexhaustible, and now it’s surprisingly decked in Harry Potter Wizardry themes—in Ravenclaw colors. This iteration is another testament to the Authentic’s boundless potential.   

Founded in 1966, Vans began their business with their #44 model, now known as the Authentic. It was Vans’s first skate shoe, and it set the tone for their success. Throughout the 1970s, these Authentics became a skateboarding staple across southern California. Thousands of skaters flocked around the Authentic for its tough and weathered look and for its thick, grippy “Waffle Sole” that stick the wooden decks like syrup. Before everyone knew it, the Authentic had become an enduring silhouette, with a lot of history behind it.

In 2019, Vans collaborated with Warner Bros. Studios to launch the Vans x Harry Potter Collection. Recently, they unveiled several classic Vans silhouettes, each representing the four houses from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Harry Potter themes. The Authentic took on the House of Ravenclaw, proudly sporting its colors and insignia.

  • “Harry Potter” label is detailed in the insole.
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.