Summary

We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

5 reasons to buy

  • A lot of reviewers were extremely satisfied with the design of the Vans Authentic PT silhouette. They said the low-top sneakers got them plenty of compliments.
  • The Vans shoes have lots of cushioning on the footbed, according to several users. They also mentioned that the kicks felt super comfy with or without socks.
  • You can walk a long while and distance in these shoes, some people commented. They provided more support than most Vans, one person added.
  • The Vans Authentic PT shoes are versatile, a few customers were happy to note. They said the kicks look good with any outfit and are great as everyday footwear.
  • A couple of consumers commended the perfect fit (width-wise) of the low-tops.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Two buyers claimed the Vans Authentic PT sneakers run slightly big length-wise.
  • The sneakers don’t contain much padding on the uppers, one user said.

Bottom line

With extremely cushioned footbeds, eye-catching print/clean colors, and the iconic Vans low-top style, the Authentic PT sneakers are sure to make a positive impression on you—and on others as well. Take these with you grocery shopping downtown or walking all day at the fair. The shoes’ comfortability will leave nothing to be desired, and your feet will appreciate it.

The shoes fit slightly larger than standard measurements, but it’s simply fixed by sizing down. The uppers are simply-made and don’t contain excess padding, but this also enhances the sneakers’ breathability.

Facts

Base model: Vans Authentic
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Authentic
Price: $55
Colorways: White
Special editions: 24 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top 4% best sneaker
A top rated Vans sneaker
Top 7% most popular sneakers
It has never been more popular than this November

The men’s Vans Authentic PT shoes are available in sizes ranging from 3.5 to 13 which are equivalent to 5 to 14.5 for women. There are a whole size and a half difference between the two. These unisex sneakers width is average, according to a few reviewers but the length is slightly longer than regular Vans sizing. Lace-up closures provide an adjustable fit.

The Vans Authentic PT comes in three colorways—two solid colors of navy and white, and one in leopard print. These kicks are so easy to style, and the leopard print looks especially good with red clothing.

Women can match these shoes with denim shorts and a red top. Throw in a black biker jacket for extra edge. Men can match these cool shoes with red pants and a grey sweater (extra points for one with a black print). Top off with a red beanie.

The classics have a style that just grows more relevant over time, and you can’t get more classic than these. The Vans Authentic PT shoes boast of a rocking design that has endured for over half a century and will probably continue to do so for another half more. The shoes’ simplicity is their own best trait, and their versatility enhances their attraction.

However, these shoes’ cushioning is anything but straightforward. The footbed of these kicks are surprisingly well-cushioned and can keep feet happy for hours.

Any Vans fan knows that the Authentic is the brand’s most iconic silhouette, because of the fact that it is Vans very first sneaker. The company was born in 1966 and shortly after that, the #44 Deck Shoe—now known as the Authentic—came out. The Authentic did not feature any bells and whistles. Just a simple low-cut profile, sturdy canvas uppers, and sticky rubber outsoles.

The turning point for the company began when skateboarders started to take notice of these sneakers. Although not designed with skateboarding in mind, these kicks were found to be excellent footwear for the sport. The outsoles gripped boards well, and the thick canvas uppers could take a beating. Soon, the model developed a cult following all over Southern California which later spread to the rest of the US.

The silhouette has not lost its appeal in the decades since it first appeared. New colorways came out, and new versions of the Authentic also surfaced, ranging from pro models to lite versions and ones with basketweave construction. Now comes the Authentic PT which is mostly the same as the original except for the pull tabs at the heels for easy on and off.

  • The Vans Authentic PT sneakers are covered with sturdy canvas uppers, and pull-tabs can be seen on the heels.
  • The shoes feature the brand’s signature rubber outsoles in the waffle tread pattern.

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