Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Vans Atwood Lows are comfortable sneakers that are great to walk around in or to use for long hours at work, many users have reported. 
  • The style of the low-top sneakers habe gotten plenty of rave reviews from people who like the footwears’ fresh, clean look.
  • Two persons have remarked that these low-top kicks are versatile because they can be worn dressed up or down.
  • Vans Atwood sneakers provide a great fit even for wide-footed users, according to several testers.
  • Some purchasers have stated that the colorways of Vans Atwood shoes go with everything, and the shades look even better in person. 
  • The low-top sneakers have flexible and grippy soles that give good board feel, a small number of users have approvingly said.
  • Vans Atwood sneakers are lightweight and breathe pretty well, a few individuals have commented.
  • A couple of consumers have been pleased to find out that these casual footwears are deep enough to accommodate custom orthotics.
  • One person calls the Atwood silhouette by Vans’ price as “ridiculously inexpensive” while another commended the affordable price for such “all-around great chill shoes.”

3 reasons not to buy

  • The lifestyle sneakers need to be broken in, according to several persons.
  • A good number of people have complained that the Vans Atwood low-tops wore out quickly, with soles started separating from the canvas after only a short period of use.
  • A few reviewers feel that Vans Atwoods aren’t good as skate shoes, but are otherwise excellent as lifestyle footwear.

Bottom line

Comfort enough for all-day wear and clean styling describe these Atwood sneakers by Vans. The shoes’ minimalist and sleek design just works, and they look even better in person.

Vans Atwood sneakers are lightweight, breathable, and priced affordably. However, according to several reviews, the soles tend to fall apart easily, and the uppers’ canvas fabric does not hold up well to strenuous skating exercises. They are easily some of the most comfortable kicks one can easily wear.

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Good to know

Vans’ Atwood low-top sneakers have lace closures that allow wearers to adjust the fit accordingly. This lacing system includes five pairs of eyelets and flat laces. 

The tongues and collars are amply padded to add security and comfort whether during rides or on casual days. The sneakers may feel tight during the first few uses, but they quickly adjust to the wearer’s feet once broken in.

These Atwood kicks have a laidback design that is easy enough to style. Some style tips can be found below.


  • Match your Vans Atwood shoes in navy (Native Indigo/White) with khaki pants and a collared shirt for night outs with the boys.
  • Skinny or distressed jeans paired with a yellow sweater or a casual tee and your Vans Atwood skate shoes in grey (Grey) would be perfect for lazy Sundays.
  • Vans Atwood in a red colorway (Oxblood/White) combined with red pants, a polo shirt, and a tan jacket would give you a preppy look.
  • Mint green (Mint Green) Atwood Vans sneakers, in men’s sizing, would look perfect with light blue jeans and your favorite comfy shirt.


  • Dark wash denim, a white fitted top, and a red plaid shirt would look good with Vans Atwood kicks in blue (Blue Canvas) for mall outings.
  • Grey cottons shorts and a boxy grey top look good when matched with Vans Atwood skate shoes in black (Black/White).
  • A short, flowy, light blue dress would look good when worn with Vans Atwood sneakers in a khaki color (Khaki/Black).
  • The Atwood silhouette by Vans in women’s sizing would look amazing in a white shade (White/White) and when used with a short denim skirt and a cute tee.

Several more colorways are available for this model including crimson mono, olive mono, black/black, pewter, brown, burgundy, denim acid wash, and more.

  Vans Atwood vs. Vans Authentic

Vans Atwood shoes have a somewhat similar style to the Authentic silhouette, and some buyers may be confused which to get. The Atwood has a profile that is higher than Authentics, and they’re much bulkier too. The tongues of Atwood sneakers are also more padded and therefore, far comfier.

The Vans Atwood low-top silhouette features an old-school look that brings to mind heritage Vans footwear. As with all classic sneakers, these are easy to pair with almost any clothing in your wardrobe. Great-looking they may be, the shoes’ excellent retro looks are eclipsed by their even better feel.

Vans started out in 1966 as The Van Doren Rubber Company. On the day the company first opened for business, the only manufactured shoes they had were all display models, and there were only three of those. They did not have any ready inventory and only manufactured the shoes right after their customers have picked out the styles and colors they liked. On that day, they had 12 customers who purchased the Vans deck footwear—now known as Authentics—in the morning and returned later in the afternoon to collect the newly-manufactured shoes.

The first Vans shoes were designed to be “as strong as a Sherman Tank.” They had very thick soles, and the canvas uppers were made from Duck Canvas #10 which was the strongest kind that can be bought. The goal was to produce footwear that the buyer would proudly show off to his friends. And they got that right.

Vans shoes quickly caught on especially among skateboarders who loved the durability of the footwear along with the sticky soles. The company gained further recognition in 1982 when a Universal Studio representative asked for a few pairs of the checkerboard Classic Slip-Ons to be used in the studio’s upcoming movie. The movie turned out to be Sean Penn’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and it helped the brand sell millions of their shoes.

The company has produced countless silhouettes since then including the Eras, Classic Slip-Ons, Old Skools, Atwoods, and more.

  • Vans Atwood sneakers have double-stitched canvas uppers, the Vans Original Waffle outsoles for firm grip and excellent traction, and padded tongues and collars.
  • The Atwood model has three styles: Low, High, and Mid. The mid-top model became the subject of a collaboration between Vans and the BMX brand, CVLT, in June of 2011.
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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.