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10 reasons to buy

  • One of the most common praises that the Vans Brigata received is that it perfectly combined casual and smart styles.
  • A handful of practical consumers were happy that the shoe could be dressed up and down.
  • Most reviewers agree that the kick is quite comfortable.
  • A few wearers mentioned that they receive compliments every time they wear the shoe out.
  • Some purchasers appreciate the Vans Brigata's lightweight construction.
  • It is available in various colorways.
  • The shoe runs true to size, based on most consumers' opinions.
  • Some skateboarders liked that the kick provides excellent board feel.
  • A good number of commenters said that the pair looks well made.
  • Several buyers believe that the Vans Brigata is a shoe with excellent value for its price.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few disclosed that it wears out quicker than expected.

Bottom line

The Vans Brigata brings a fresh take on the traditional boat shoe. Its style incorporates the perfect balance between sporty skate style and the preppy boat shoe, which resulted in a dressier skate kick with a time-tested comfort of classic Vans footwear.

However, some users noted that due to the shoe's unpadded interiors it tends to get uncomfortable after long periods of time. Despite this drawback, consumers insist on opting for the kick due to its dressy yet casual style, affordability, and breathability.



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The Vans Brigata is a unisex shoe that comes in men’s sizes. The gentlemen can choose from sizes 3.5 to 13, while ladies who want to cop should go 1.5 sizes down from their standard shoe size. Some users said that due to the shoe’s unpadded interior the sizing feels bigger when compared to other Vans models. Fitting in person is best recommended.

Nautically inspired by the classic boat shoe, the Vans Brigata seamlessly combines preppy and sporty into an undeniably timeless design. Match its classic look with everyday staples such as jeans, joggers, or shorts. Opt for a dressier ensemble by pairing it with chinos and a polo shirt for the men and skirts and dresses for the ladies.

This kick’s upper is crafted with three layers of canvas for breathability and durability. Some colorways come in dual tones with leather overlays. A contrast inner lining adds to the shoe’s overall style. All of these sit atop a vulcanized sole and waffle rubber outsole that provide great board feel and excellent grip respectively.

The brainchild of brothers Paul Van Doren and Jim Van Doren along other business partners, Vans started out in 1966 as a company that manufactured casual shoes. Formerly known as the Van Doren Rubber Company, the business unexpectedly took a turn and focused more on creating footwear for skateboarding. The brand had to as a growing clientele of skateboarders were patronizing their shoes due to its grippy rubber outsole. Vans naturally had to respond by creating more footwear that provided essential features for skateboarding.

Since then Vans has established its reputation as a brand rooted in skateboarding. The company started to sponsor professional skaters and created a pro skate team that helps in designing some of their products.

Although grounded in skateboarding, the brand's merchandise has a wide range of  Vans style influences. One example is the Vans Brigata, a shoe that took inspiration from the traditional boat shoe. It exudes a casual yet smart appeal that is easy to dress up and down.

  • The Vans Brigata is available in Medium width.
  • Several iterations of the shoe are also available including a gum sole version, suede or leather upper, and an overall printed upper.
Danny McLoughlin
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.