Verdict from 6 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The thing that most users agreed on about the Vans AV Rapidweld Pro is how comfortable it is. One person described wearing the shoes as “like walking on clouds.”
  • Many skateboarders loved how well the low-top sneaker performed as a skate shoe. They commended the great board feel, padding, flexible sole, Rapidweld tech, and the shoe’s shape which provides excellent board control.
  • The AV Rapidweld Pro’s old school design got praises from plenty of users.
  • Several purchasers were pleased with the color schemes of the lifestyle sneaker. One person said the colors were a throwback to early 2000 skate shoes.
  • A good number of testers reported that the low-top is a brilliantly-designed and constructed footwear whose sole can take impact well. They also liked how the mix of Cordura and suede upper produced a shoe that is resistant to wear and tear.
  • The shoe runs true to size, some customers stated.
  • The Vans AV Rapidweld Pro gives a good fit according to a few buyers. They also liked the shoe’s Luxliner which kept their feet secure.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Vans AV Rapidweld Pro can get “soggy” or lose its form after several skate sessions, a couple of skaters said. They added that you would need to tighten your laces very well to make it fit snugly after.
  • Two people reported that the shoe is not very breathable. An intense skating session can work the feet up in a sweat.

Bottom line

The Vans AV Rapidweld Pro performs excellently as a skate shoe, perfectly combining function, style, and comfort into one. It has an amazing board feel, a cushioned insole, and durable upper that resists wear and tear.

An old-school Vans design coupled with throwback-inspired color schemes gives the sneaker a timeless appeal. It’s also true to size. The shoe is not well-ventilated, however. Intense physical activities can result in very sweaty feet. It can also lose its form quickly, and will need laces to well-tightened to keep it locked on the feet.

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Good to know

The Vans Rapidweld Pro is offered in sizes measuring 6 to 13. The design is unisex, but the sizes are based on men’s measurements, so women have to buy a pair one and a half size down from their usual size. The inner glove, LuxLiner, keeps the feet feeling more snug while providing a comfortable feel. The shoe’s fit can be adjusted through its lacing system.

Update your skater look with the Vans Rapidweld Pro. Wear with slim black jeans, a tee with cool graphics, and a double layer of jackets with a denim one preferably at the top. You can also match your sneaker with shorts and a collared shirt.

The Vans Rapidweld Pro is jampacked with performance features and innovative tech to make skating pleasurable. It boasts of a DURACAP reinforcement and a durable Rapidweld shell covered in suede that is resistant to tears and which protects laces from contact with the grip tape. The Luxliner inner glove gives the user a sock-like structure, and the UltraCush HD insole provides a responsive ride while keeping the feet cushioned from impact.

The Vans AV Rapidweld Pro is a signature shoe by professional American skateboarder, Anthony Van Engelen (a.k.a. AVE). It came out in the first quarter of 2016 along with the AV Rapidweld Pro Lite. The two models both feature a DURACAP reinforcement and a Rapidweld shell. (The Rapidweld technology means the sneaker was assembled without any stitching involved.) The upper is almost totally seamless with the only stitch that can be seen located near the collar.

The main difference between the models are the materials used in construction. While the AV Rapidwell Pro Lite uses rubber and mesh, the Pro version utilizes suede.

Vans engineered the AV Rapidweld Pro specifically for endurance and performance.  It is a seamless blending of innovative tech and aesthetics to produce one highly stylish and functional shoe.

  • The Vans Rapidweld Pro has a vulcanized construction for great board feel and contains a waffle tread pattern on the outsole.
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.