Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers find the Vans Checkerboard Authentic Platform 2.0 to be super soft and outstandingly comfortable. 
  • It bears a stylish and fashionable silhouette that many buyers love.
  • The platform, according to a few mentions, gives out an illusion which makes short people seem taller.
  • A handful was super satisfied with the pair that they are already planning to buy other colorways.
  • Several wearers experienced a true-to-size fit with this sneaker.
  • The form of the Vans Checkerboard Authentic Platform 2.0 adds an edge to an outfit which can also be conveniently dressed up or down.
  • Considering it is a platform shoe, the sneaker wasn't that heavy at all and is also prized to be less bulky than other models.
  • The sneaker had piqued the interest of plenty, and if one wears them, they indeed will receive compliments in this shoe.
  • The low top cut with the added height on the sole is perfect for the summer season.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A lot of users were gravely disappointed with the platform's quality as it tends to tear apart after a few uses. The ripping usually happens on the sides of the toe area which starts at the arch.
  • Some instances show rubbing against the ankle and the pinky toe which makes it a bit uncomfortable for a few wearers.
  • One customer declared that the platform sole is not that flexible.
  • Less than a handful of purchasers noticed that height of the platform is not enough for their preference and is only 1/4 of an inch taller than the core model.

Bottom line

The Vans Checkerboard Authentic Platform 2.0 introduces the iconic black-and-white pattern into its lady-focused silhouette. It provides ample comfort while flaunting an eye-catching design which would surely fish compliments. Given that it is a platform shoe, it still exhibits a lightweight stance perfect to be sported regularly.

The immediate disintegration may vary with the user's daily activities or how they walk, but most of these disappointed buyers would only wear the sneaker a few times. One can opt to alternate between two pairs to prevent early breakage.

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Good to know

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.

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.

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 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.

  • 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.


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