Although based on men’s measurements, the Vans Hiking Era 59 is unisex. The shoes are available in sizes ranging from 3.5 to 13, but women should opt to buy a pair a size and a half less from their usual footwear measurement. The shoes run true to size but don’t offer much in the way of support.
The Vans Hiking Era 59 needs no more dressing up as it is very stylish on its own. Wear the sneakers with chinos and a tee for a full day at the skate park. Women can use it with slim jeans, a long-sleeved cotton shirt in a bright or dark color, and an oversized white shirt on top for a touch of Japanese stylish cool.
Just like the original Era, these new iterations are sturdy and capable of taking the abuse that your skating tricks will inflict on it. The Vans Hiking Era 59 is also crafted with precision and every detail— including the padded collars, leather heel accents, durable canvas uppers, and two-toned laces—has been well-thought out to ensure wearers get unsurpassed comfort, unrelenting style, and superior performance.
It was the year 1976 and Vans had just released Style Number 95, or the Era as we now know it. The silhouette was designed by none other than Zephyr Competition Team’s Stacy Peralta and Tony Alva. The Z-Boys, as they are more popularly known, are skateboarders who became major celebrities after winning many major skating contests. The two took a particular liking to Vans’ Authentic silhouette but wanted to make a footwear that would be more skater-friendly.
They achieved this ideal with the Vans Era. The shoes were much more comfortable and padded than the Authentic, to provide more protection for skater’s feet during jarring jumps and moves. Aside from the more comfortable feel, the Era sneakers were also known for being the first to feature Vans’ famous slogan, “Off the Wall” on the heels. Although originally available in only one colorway—a combination of navy blue and red—the sneakers are now offered in a wide array of color schemes.
As a testament to how popular the silhouette is, the Vans Era has remained one of the most saleable Vans models until now. Several iterations of the Era model have come out including the Hiking Era 59. Instead of a full canvas upper, as seen in the Era, the Hiking Era 59 features canvas uppers with leather heel accents while two-toned hiker laces replaced traditional ones. Gum soles completed the look.
- The Vans Hiking Era 59 features metal eyelets, padded collars, and the Vans signature waffle tread outsoles.