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10 reasons to buy

  • Almost 80% of the reviewers would highly recommend the Vans Black Sole Authentic to their friends.
  • The sneaker is wrapped in an easy-on-the-eye aesthetic which brings forth smooth details for an overall convenient but stylish look.
  • The colors availability of the sneaker has amazed some purchasers.
  • A handful of buyers exclaimed that it was what exactly they are looking for.
  • Few users intended to buy more Vans sneakers due to their extreme satisfaction with the Black Sole Authentic.
  • The sneaker provides ample comfort as testified by many wearers.
  • It has an affordable price point.
  • The sneaker is suitable for any look.
  • A couple of users wouldn't stop receiving compliments while wearing them.
  • Many reviewers had experienced a true to size fit.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Two commenters noticed that the sneaker when compared with his other Vans shoes, tends to have a longer break-in period.
  • The upper material stains easily as observed by a handful of buyers.
  • Some unsatisfied customers were disappointed by the quality of the Vans Black Sole Authentic sneakers. 

Bottom line

Vans blackening the vulcanized sole of the classic Authentic silhouette has created a stand-out iteration, called the Black Sole Authentic. The two-toned contrast of the colored upper and the dark-hued midsole freshens up the classic look and adds to it some sophistication.

Alternating it with other sneakers is advised to maintain its fresh look while keeping it away from hard-staining substances. It is easy to the eyes as it is easy for the budget and would indeed provide a valuable addition to any casual sneaker collection.

Facts

Base model: Vans Authentic
Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Authentic
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, EVA, Vulc Sole
Price: $50
Colorways: Black, Grey, Red
Special editions: 15 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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A top rated sneaker
A top rated Vans sneaker
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The low-top Vans Black Sole Authentic is constructed in a true to size form, thus sticking to one's usual size is preferred. Customizing the fit can be done by loosening or snugging the lace-up enclosure. It is a unisex sneaker offered in men’s sizing. Women who want to cop a pair are advised to go down one a half sizes from their usual size.

The black color of the sneaker's sole serves as a low profile outline which deviates from the standard white vulcanized sole. The black laces and eyelets balance the dominant hue of the sole and are coupled by an interior drenched in the same black tint. The sandwiching tones of the low top sneaker make the canvas upper pop to be noticed by bystanders.

Dressing up or down is always an acceptable notion for the Vans Authentic as it blends well with almost any article of clothing. These women’s and men’s Vans Black Sole Authentics can capture the overall grace it showcases with numerous options for pants including joggers, skinny jeans, straight cuts, cargo, and many more. Pinrolling types of denim give a 360-view of the low top sneaker which, incidentally, goes well with matching high socks.

The unisex availability of the Vans Black Sole Authentic makes it an expansive type of footwear tapping not only women’s peds but also kids’. For women who would want to bring out the summery-vibe in them, it is suggested to pick brighter colors like white, Jester Red, pink, Glazed Ginger, and Mineral Yellow. These light-toned silhouettes would best suit sundresses and skirts with no-show socks, of course.

The identifying features of the sneaker are its unmistakable glossy black sole paralleled by black laces and metal eyelets. The lining is also black which is carried on to the footbed with a Vans branding.

Vans has been a household name since its introduction in the 60s due to its founder's deep-rooted passion for family and a then new-found inclination for skateboarding. With a strong dedication to their craft, Paul and Jim Van Doren brought two of their loved ones to California: shoes and family.

From their Boston home base, the two along with their friend Gordon Lee had not yet realized that the workings of a long-lasting company were embedded in their fate. Decades have passed, and subsequent generations of the Van Dorens kept the fire burning for the plimsoll brand.

It was on March 16, 1966, when our protagonists decided to set up shop on E. Broadway street in Anaheim, California and decided to call themselves the Van Doren Rubber Company. The company's initial setup was to manufacture the chosen style of the sneaker on the same day. Customers can select the fashion they desire in the morning and would pick them up in the afternoon. This scenario went on until in the same year, they presented the Style #44 or nowadays most commonly known as the "Authentic" brand.

The Authentic shares the company's establishment year and with its rich timeline had already been revamped into numerous colorways. Some of the designs were popular enough to continue to resurface on retail stores while some were so rare that only one or two people hold. Different plays on colors, whether on the canvas upper or the sole were released throughout the years. A perfect example of this would be the Vans Authentic Black Sole which has a smooth vulcanized black sole which comes with black laces.

The “Black Sole” design concept from Vans is relatively a non-model exclusive design. Some iterations that bear the black sole element are the Slip-On and the Era. It doesn’t stop there because the Sk8-Hi also has that shadowy tooling specifically the Suede and the Canvas Sk8-His. Adding a glossy feel was a staple for these black-soled silhouettes, and it indeed enveloped the Authentic franchise.

The original Style #44 sneaker comfortably dresses its sole in squid-ink-inspired contrasts which is complemented by radiating uppers. Some of these colorways include the Ture Navy, Mineral Yellow, and Glazed Ginger which balance the shadow effect of its tooling. The black foxy tape though did not cover the iconic gum waffle outsole which employs the skater-loved grip of the traditional Vans silhouette.

One of the very first iterations of the Authentic under the Black Sole umbrella would probably be the one in white. As early as 2015, video reviews had already surfaced showcasing the sleek style of the revamped classic. By 2017, they expanded the franchise and included the colorways listed above which add more bright colors to the already complementing silhouette. The somewhat last of these well-known editions was the all-black, or some might say, the triple black version which covers the uppers, laces, and sole in the color of the night.

It is not only the Authentic that was drenched in this black sole pantheon. Several iconic Vans models were also featured exposing the Black Sole accent. Some of these include the Slip-On, Canvas Sk8-Hi, Suede Sk8-Hi, Era, and even the somewhat new Sk8-Hi 46 MTE DX. Joining the bandwagon are the Rowley Solos, the coveted Vans sneaker of the legendary Geoff Rowley. These Rowley Solos come in black elements wrapping up the ingenious skate features of the DURACAP reinforced uppers and the UltraCush HD cushioning.

  • Vans' brandings can be seen on the vamp flag, tongue, and the heel.
  • The sole is manufactured in a standard vulcanized construction with a patented waffle pattern on the rubber outsole for traction and enhanced boardfeel.
  • The outsole is even splattered in black.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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