Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Many users loved the “dope” styling of the Vans Hiking Era 59. Several of them reported receiving lots of compliments from friends and strangers on their kicks.
  • Plenty of testers remarked that these low-tops were comfortable on the feet and required no socks.
  • The casual sneakers are sturdy according to several people.
  • Some users indicated that the Hiking Era 59 are great shoes overall and that they will be buying multiple pairs in different colors.
  • According to a good number of reviewers, these kicks were produced with quality craftsmanship. Everything is of excellent quality, they said, from the uppers to the soles.
  • A few consumers noted that the low-top sneakers run true to size.
  • The Vans Hiking Era 59 kicks are light on the feet and are perfect for everyday use, a handful stated.
  • Two people recounted how neither salt nor rainwater affected the color of the sneakers. They described cleaning the shoes and how the kicks looked good as new after.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of customers noted that the Vans Hiking Era 59 does not provide much support.
  • One person was dismayed that the color of the shoes he bought looked different from the website. He said they looked blue online but arrived looking more like a dark purplish grey.

Bottom line

The Vans Hiking Era 59 seamlessly combines the contemporary with the old, coming up with stylish kicks that will get you second looks from friends and strangers alike. And if that’s not enough, these sneakers also boast of a durable and quality build, from the uppers down to the hiker laces and the soles. They’re so comfortable that socks aren’t really required.

There might be a slight color discrepancy with the shoes from the online pictures, according to one person, but that doesn’t take anything away from the design.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Era
Price: $80
Colorways: Blue
Size
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Rankings

A top rated sneaker
A top rated Vans sneaker
It has never been more popular than this November

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.

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