Verdict from 73 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Vans Bold NI is a comfortable casual low-top sneaker according to the majority of reviewers.
  • Some commended how the UltraCush insoles make this shoe more comfortable.
  • Lots of colorways are available for the Bold NI from Vans.
  • Many reviewers were overall satisfied with this Vans shoe that they left high ratings and recommendations.
  • Some Vans followers liked the retro appeal of this shoe.
  • Some buyers appreciated the nice suede upper material of this Vans low-top.
  • Several reviewers mentioned that they like the shoe’s clean and stylish look.

1 reason not to buy

  • The Vans Bold New Issue gets dirty very quickly, a few users complaint.

Bottom line

Vans once again dug deep into its archive to bring back a classic silhouette with contemporary details. Designed to meet both comfort and style, the Vans Bold NI fuses the soft and durable suede upper with a flexible vulcanized sole and UltraCush Lite insoles - enough combination for many buyers to leave nothing but positive reviews, high ratings, and recommendations to this unisex low-top. It is comfortable, fashionable, and retro-looking. The only disadvantage is the suede material gets dirty very quickly.

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Good to know

Another unisex model from the US skate shoe brand, Vans, comes in the form of the Vans Bold NI sneakers. The Vans Bold NI sneakers in women’s sizing are available from US 5 to 14.5, which equates to US 3.5 to 13 in men’s sizing or 1.5 sizes down. All sizing comes in Standard width. The fit is true to size.

The Vans Bold NI on feet gives a comfortable and supportive fit, thanks to its UltraCush Lite drop-in insoles and padded collar. It features a lace-up closure with flat cotton laces for an adjustable fit.

Vans brought back the Vans Bold NI shoe with modern upgrades while retaining its retro appeal. Designed with clean façade and classic look, this low-top suits both the ladies and the gents who prefer either retro kicks for making a fashion statement or those who dig functional casual shoes for day-to-night use. The upper is plain and simple without any fancy detailing. It is made of soft suede with tonal T-toe overlay, contrasting white leather Jazz Stripes and cotton laces, and minimalist midsole.

Aside from a wide array of colorways in different hues of solid colors like red, blue, black, red-orange, and more, the Vans Bold NI also comes in a Checkerboard version called officially as the Vans Checkerboard Bold NI.

Considered a reissue of a classic model, the current release of the Vans Bold NI sneakers features distinct upgrades that improve not just its look but also its level of comfort. First off the list is the added UltraCush Lite linings for enhanced comfort. The rework also flaunts an updated foxing tape, T-toe design, and tonal stitching.

The Vans UltraCush Lite technology is a CMEVA (Compression Molded Ethyl Vinyl Acetate)-based low profile insole built to give an ultralight ride to wearers. It is anatomically contoured to the wearer's foot to provide quick and responsive cushioning.

When it comes to skate shoes, Vans is one of the few brands that first comes into the mind of many. It has been a standard choice of amateur and professional skateboarders, as well as casual wearers since it was founded in 1966 by brothers Paul and Jim Van Doren.

One of the shoes produced by the brand is the Vans Bold NI or otherwise known as the Bold New Issue. Although considered a classic model from the brand's archive, it re-released as part of the Vans New Issue Collection in late 2018. The reintroduction of the classic silhouette from the brand’s archive retained the distinct retro aesthetic of the original but with notable modern upgrades.

The shoe gives the nod to the brand's heritage with its minimalist and versatile façade. The suede upper is plain-looking and only accented with the brand's signature iconic side stripe in an oversized manner and contrasting color. The initial release of the Vans Bold NI in October 2018 included the shoe's classic black, red, and blue colorways. Each pair retailed for USD 65.

  • The Vans Bold NI is also called as the Vans Suede Bold NI or Vans Bold New Issue sneakers.
  • The shoe’s UltraCush Lite insoles are removable and can be replaced with orthotics.
  • The shoe also features Vans’ signature waffle outsole for flexible traction.
  • Minimal branding can be seen on the shoe. Only the Vans Off the Wall logo is displayed on the heel midsole area.
  • Also released as part of Vans New Issue program is the Vans Diamo NI sneakers.


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