Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Several purchasers have liked the Vans Gum Authentic shoes so much that they bought numerous pairs of them.
  • Longtime fans of the Authentic silhouette have shared that they felt nostalgic when they purchased this model.
  • The majority of the shoe users find it to be very comfortable.
  • This shoe’s iconic silhouette is deemed to be timeless and stylishly sleek by most reviewers.
  • This iteration of Vans Authentic comes in a number of colorways.
  • It is lightweight, based on some commenters’ opinions.
  • Few wearers have mentioned that the shoe provides adequate support for walking and all-day wear.
  • The sneaker’s canvas upper is breathable and helps keep feet dry.
  • Like other Vans sneakers with gum soles, it provides excellent grip on and off the board.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A lady reviewer has wished that there were more sizes available.
  • The canvas upper of the Vans Gum Authentic does not last long if used for skateboarding.

Bottom line

Adding contemporary appeal to Van’s very first sneaker is the Gum Authentic. Retaining its predecessor’s iconic silhouette, this shoe brings a new level of awesome to the lineage by incorporating gum soles to match with fun and fresh colorways.

The sneaker's vintage appeal, time-tested comfort, and excellent grip make this affordable sneaker worth including in your to-buy sneaker list.

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Good to know

The Vans Gum Authentic is a unisex shoe that’s offered in both men's and women’s sizes. It has a durable canvas upper that offers optimal breathability ideal for hot summer days. Its closure system features the traditional lace-up function with metal eyelets for an adjustable lockdown fit and durability. Its low-cut profile, on the one hand, ensures to provide unrestricted ankle motion.

The iconic silhouette of the Vans Gum Authentic is not only recognizable but also coveted for its vintage good looks. The shoe's low-top height and simple style provide versatility, allowing the shoe to pair with plenty of casual clothing, while the gum sole upgrade adds a stylish detail that adds oomph to your ensemble.

Here are some suggested looks you could try to pair with this shoe. To take it back to the colorful ensembles from the 70s try matching the kick with a striped button-down top, a pair of trousers cinched with a belt, and finished with a pair of colored socks. Or you could go for the trendier athleisure look by opting for sweatpants and a crewneck sweatshirt.

The vintage appeal of the low-top Vans Gum Authentic coupled with its gum sole is this shoe’s most striking feature. The range’s signature low-top silhouette and durable canvas upper is complemented by tan-hued midsoles, which most consumers found more appealing and more attention-grabbing than regular Authentic models.

Officially launched in March 1966, the Van Doren Rubber Company started in Anaheim, California and was the brainchild of brothers Paul and Jim Van Doren along with their partners Gordon Lee and Serge Delia. Vans' first released sneaker was called Style #44 which was later on renamed to what it is known today as Vans Authentic.

The Authentic's lightweight design and ultra-grippy outsole appealed to local skateboarders adopting the casual shoe to the sport. From then on, Vans became a skateboarding brand and had gained a loyal following.

50 years after its debut, the Vans Authentic has virtually remained unchanged and is still recognized as a casual lifestyle staple. The shoe also spawned countless iterations, with one being the Vans Gum Authentic. Aptly named this version features a gum sole which provides better grip compared to traditional rubber soles.

Although this model's best-selling colorway is called the Vans Authentic "Black Gum," several other options are also available. Here are some of them: black/rubber, Sequoia/boot lace, Eden/boot lace, dark slate/black, and dark denim/black.

  • Some people also call this shoe the Vans Authentic Gum.
  • It features the brand's signature waffle outsole known for its excellent traction and grip.
  • The shoelaces of the Sequoia and Eden colorways feature a cleat-inspired aesthetic.
  • Some of the celebrities seen rocking these sneakers include Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Kanye West, Big Sean, Tyga, Lil Wayne, and Justin Bieber.
  • This sneaker displays signature classic stitching, flag branding on the lateral side of the upper, and the Vans logo on the rear part of the midsole.


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