Summary

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7 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers find the Vans Bandana Authentic easy to style with jeans, shorts, skirts, and other casual clothes.
  • Majority of buyers like the bandana print on the canvas as it gives a new look to the iconic Authentic silhouette
  • Despite its limited cushioning, several users find them comfortable for casual walks and hanging out.
  • Several users find them extremely light.
  • Others note that the low-top canvas sneakers are exceptionally breathable as the light material keeps the feet fresh and ventilated.
  • A good number of customers comment that the price tag is affordable and budget-friendly.
  • The Vans Bandana Authentic sneaker is praised by a couple of reviewers for its minimalist style that gives freedom of movement and a relaxed experience.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some customers complain that the lack of padding and soft lining at the back have caused them blisters.
  • Some users say they would have preferred that the sneaker would have more colorway options.
  • A small number of buyers notice a few holes on the iconic sneaker after a few months of uses as it lacks additional reinforcements for heavy activities like skating.

Bottom line

Adding gangsta flair to the iconic silhouette are the all-over bandana prints on the upper of the Vans Bandana Authentic. The paisley prints of the bandana are a necessary fashion statement for sneakerheads who want to rock comfortable classic low-top kicks in style. 

The dressier look of this Vans Authentic iteration makes them appealing to both sexes who wish to wear lightweight casual footwear perfect for daily use.

Facts

Base model: Vans Authentic
Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Authentic
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Rubber Sole, Vulc Sole
Features: Breathable
Price: $50
Colorways: Multi, Blue
Special editions: 24 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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As it traces its roots from a sneakerhead favorite skate shoe, the Vans Bandana Authentic has kept a snug fit for the hugely famous canvas sneaker. The modern iteration of the classic skate kick has remained true to size. A regular flat shoelace keeps the feet secured to the sneaker.

Bandanas are cool street- style accessories known to add an instant spark to a person’s often dull outfit of the day. The same style philosophy inspired designers from America’s favorite skate shoe brand to pique the interest of the youth to the legendary Vans Authentic. While the colorways for this low-top iteration of one of the most popular silhouettes from the House of Vans seem limited to the black and white options, the limited colorways prove instead as the strength of the design as the neutral shades offer a ton of styling possibilities.

The youthful vibe of the Vans Bandana Authentic also makes it popular among teens to young adults who would wear these stylish kicks with their eclectic and often dynamic fashion tastes. The 50-year-old silhouette of the Authentic was given a modern touch with a paisley pattern and print with easily recognizable teardrop-like shapes that cover the entirety of the canvas upper. With the Bohemian vibe starting to hog fashion magazines and online catalogs, the Vans Bandana Authentic makes a formidable run for the money in this beautifully executed model.

The bandana-inspired white paisley print of the Vans Bandana Authentic is the overall highlight of the modernized look for Vans’ most familiar shoe design. Giving a youthful knack to the iconic sneaker, most of the original technical features of the shoe from the vulcanized construction, the thick high-grip soles and lightweight canvas upper have been retained as the brand did not stray too far away from its Vans Authentic roots.

On March 16, 1966, Paul and his brother James Van Doren and business partners Gordon Lee and Serge D’Elia opened the first Vans sneakers factory retail store at 704 East Broadway in Anaheim, California. What has made Vans sneakers unique is that it is designed and manufactured in the same store and directly sold to the public at the Van Doren Brothers Rubber Company.

On opening day, the first Vans sneakers were rolled out with 12 customers buying deck shoes. The design of the shoe that was first purchased was the #44 deck shoe. A simple plimsoll design with a canvas upper and a vulcanized rubber sole, the Vans Authentic was priced $4.49 and was masterfully crafted and picked up by customers on the same day. It is interesting to note, however, that Paul Van Doren and Gordon Lee forgot to have enough cash for change that the customers were told to get their shoes and return the following day to pay for their shoes. All 12 customers were able to come back the next morning and paid for the first pairs of Vans Authentic ever released.

Known as the Style #44 deck shoe, the Vans Authentic has a minimalist layout with a canvas upper and a thick vulcanized sole. The simplicity of the shoe design is probably the reason why skateboarders loved it in the first place. As skaters are known for the laidback lifestyle, skateboarders are impressed with the no-frills silhouette with only the canvas material changing colorways through the years.

Ever since the skateboarding culture started in the Golden State, Vans shoes seem to be attached to the growth of the skateboarding culture over the years from the West Coast skate scene to the rest of the United States. The Vans brand also became a favorite in the punk culture with the low-top Vans Authentic seemingly becoming a classic favorite in the rock and music community.

The ever-enduring stylishness of the Authentic silhouette continues with the modernized Vans Bandana Authentic. First released in the first quarter of 2016, the Vans bandana pack featured the recognizable bandana patterns into Vans' most iconic shoes namely the Authentic, Old Skool, and Sk8-Hi. The West Coast-inspired Vans Bandana Pack in Ditsy Bandana pattern two years ago were the inspiration behind the release of another new bandana-decked sneaker with paisley patterns with the Vans Bandana Authentic.

  • The Vans Bandana Authentic has a low-top silhouette with metal eyelets and lace-up closure.
  • Vans flag label can be found at the sidewall while the signature “Off the Wall” logo is glued to the heel
  • The vulcanized construction keeps this sneaker extra durable with a solid waffle grip sole that adheres well to the board.

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