Size and fit

As most users declare, the sneaker runs true to size. The cushioning is top notch given that the foot rests on a slightly elevated sole. Its image is intended for women with 5 to 11.5-foot scales, but men can rock a pair by going up 1 1/2 sizes. The sneaker follows the unisex medium width for Vans.

Vans Checkerboard Authentic Platform 2.0 Style

The checkerboard design is comfortable on the eyes which enable any wearer to sport the sneaker to casual parties or everyday events. Styling is always a breeze because everytime one would wear a checkerboard sneaker, the design carries the user instead of the wearer pulling it off. Now that it is placed on top of a platform then it makes life easier for the outfitter.

Notable Features

Glancing from a distance, one can instantly see the checkerboard splatter in the Authentic's upper. Upon closer inspection, the platform look arises as per some reviews that it bears unnoticeable because of its slight elevation of approximately 1/4 of an inch.

Vans Checkerboard Authentic Platform 2.0 History

Vans started out as a small-time factory-store set-up which then became a global sportswear franchise even tapping the likes of the young and older generation. The Van Doren Rubber Company was once a small shoe shop in the streets of Anaheim, California in 1966. Four entrepreneurs including Paul Van Doren, James Van Doren, Gordon Lee, and, Sergio Delia started to make custom sneakers which would be manufactured on the same day.

The company displayed a handful of styles for customers to choose from. From there, the #44 deck shoes or the Authentic was born. Since its induction into the sneaker realm, the Authentic had been a staple for all walks of life and was pretty popular among women and girls. After decades of revamping the original silhouette, Vans introduced a more feminine touch to the vintage sneaker by installing platform soles.

Today, platform-infused models such as the Old Skool, SK8-Hi, and Authentic spread out to the streets which give out a prideful stance to the wearer. Vans didn't stop improving the style of the classic #44 deck shoe and painted their famous black-and-white pattern on the platform Authentic's upper. The result is the Vans Checkerboard Authentic, a brilliant sneaker which not only stands out because it has a platform sole but shines with grace due to its iconic Checkerboard pattern.

Additional Info

  • The upper is composed of the standard canvas material that is slightly padded on the collar to provide a smooth entry.
  • For its grip and traction, the sneaker utilizes a platform rubber waffle outsole.
  • The sneaker uses laces for lockdown accompanied by four metal eyelets for smooth snugging.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Vans Checkerboard Authentic
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Checkerboard
Colorways: Grey / Purple
Special editions: 1 special edition

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