Fit & Sizing
The Vans Authentic Platform 2.0 enjoys the same upper construction as its predecessor offering a familiar and consistent fit. Several users' impressions affirmed that the platform update did not alter the size and fit. Others, however, found it smaller than expected and recommended going half a size up for a more comfortable fit.
For those who want to purchase this unisex pair, sizes for men range from 6.5 to 13 and 5 to 11.5 for women, both available in Medium widths.
Vans Authentic Platform 2.0 Style
The Platform 2.0 version of the Authentic from Vans is a classic with a hint of fashion-forward attitude. Built with a chunkier and higher sole, it injects a unique style to one of the most time-honored pairs that seemingly re-introduces itself to today's newer sneaker fans. It is available in a myriad of colors and prints but its taller height coupled with its unaltered vintage style is what makes this kick a coveted piece to consumers.
This lifestyle sneaker could be worn with almost any casual staple. Men could pair it with jeans, shorts or sweatpants for a laidback day or opt for a pair of chinos and a button-down top for a dressier look. Ladies could match it with skirts, leggings, or dresses for a comfy yet stylish ensemble.
Vans Authentic Platform 2.0 History
In 1966 brothers Paul Van Doren and Jim Van Doren along with their partners Gordon Lee and Serge D'Ella decided to set up a retail business that manufactured casual shoes that they aptly named the Van Doren Rubber Company. The day their retail store debuted in Anaheim California was the same day the Vans #44 Deck Shoes, now known as the Vans Authentic, also released to the public. Three shoe styles were displayed in the store and were priced between US$2.49 and US$4.99.
On that first morning, twelve customers purchased the Vans Authentic shoe, but the company only manufactured the three display shoes without any stock ready to sell. Nonetheless, the consumers were made to choose their preferred style and color and were asked to return later in the afternoon to obtain their purchase. The owners then rushed back to their factory to manufacture the selected shoes. When the customers came back to claim their purchased shoes, the store didn't have cash on hand and made the buyers bring home their pairs and asked to pay the next day, which they all did.
The company has grown since then and has, in fact, remained relevant amidst today's technology-based market. The Vans Authentic shoe likewise endured throughout the years and has been reinterpreted in countless styles. Some of the more notable collaboration releases are with Supreme, Kenzo, Carhartt, Disney, Peanuts, and Star Wars.
Today, the Vans Authentic comes with a boosted iteration called the Vans Authentic Platform 2.0. This kick retained the original version's materials and fit but with a thicker and higher sole. It is available in multiple colorways that would fit any style and taste.