Who should buy the Vans Authentic Platform 2.0

This low-cut Vans sneaker is a good match for you if:

  • You are after a sneaker that is free of any animal products
  • You want a shoe with moderate arch support
  • You prefer a sporty sneaker inspired by Skating

Vans Authentic Platform 2.0 Shoe logo

Style of the Vans Authentic Platform 2.0

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-introduce 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.

Vans Authentic Platform 2.0 Shoe midsole

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 Laces

Notable Features

Crafted from Vans' trademark canvas upper, it offers a breathable and sturdy fit that is time-tested and recognizable. But the shoe's highlight is its chunky midsole and relatively taller height. Several users admired the fact that it aids in making them look more statuesque without sacrificing comfort and ease. The signature waffle outsole also displays a Vans trademark and provides an excellent grip.

Vans Authentic Platform 2.0 Toebox

History of the Vans Authentic Platform 2.0

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, was also released to the public. 

Vans Authentic Platform 2.0 Collar

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. 

Vans Authentic Platform 2.0 Outsole

The company has grown since then and has, in fact, remained relevant amidst today's technology-based market. The Vans Authentic collection likewise endured throughout the years and the classic shoe has been reinterpreted in countless styles. Some of the more notable collaboration releases are Supreme, Kenzo, Carhartt, Disney, Peanuts, and Star Wars.

Vans Authentic Platform 2.0 Heel

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.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Vans Authentic
Style: Platform, Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Authentic
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Rubber Sole, Vulc Sole, EVA / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.