We spent 9.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The Vans Leather Authentic Platform 2.0 possesses a stylish silhouette, as per many customers. 
  • Several wearers have attested that this version from the vast collection of the Authentic is such a comfortable sneaker, suitable for long walks.  
  • Some Vans followers have expressed their appreciation of the shoe’s platform design.
  • It provides good arch support, according to a couple of users.
  • Like other Vans sneakers, it has a versatile design perfect for jeans and shorts.
  • A significant number of reviewers have said that they would recommend this sneaker to others.
  • Because of its versatile and stylish look, it makes its wearers a recipient of compliments, as per a few.
  • This iteration is among the Vans sneakers with an affordable pricing point.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A user has mentioned that the back of the heel of the Vans Leather Authentic Platform 2.0  is a little stiff. It needs a break-in period.

Bottom line

As Vans continues to innovate its classic sneakers, here comes another version of the Style 44 that brings another exciting look. The Vans Leather Authentic Platform 2.0 has a fashion-forward design yet never compromise comfort.

It has a versatile silhouette that can match a variety of casual ensembles, as well as semi-casual outfits. All these perks can be availed in getting such an affordable sneaker.


Base model: Vans Authentic Platform 2.0
Style: Platform, Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Authentic
Closure: Laces
Material: EVA, Leather, Vulc Sole
Price: $70
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The Vans Leather Authentic Platform 2.0, like other Vans sneakers, is available in men’s sizing. But since it has a unisex style, ladies can still grab a pair by getting less than 1.5 sizes of their normal size from the men’s sizing to get their exact fit. It has a suede upper that is pliable and breathable, providing all-day comfort. Its lace-up closure system is responsible for an adjustable snug fit. 

With the low-top silhouette, the Vans Leather Authentic Platform 2.0 has a suede upper with the embossed snake-skin design which gives a unique look. The added height on this Authentic also gives an added class and boosts its straightforward design with subtle sophistication. 

The Leather Authentic from Vans looks perfectly well with denim jeans, shorts, khaki pants, skirts and even minidresses for women. Because of versatility, this sneaker can also complement semi-casual ensembles.

Vans never cease to amaze its followers by continuing to innovate its iconic shoes. The Vans Leather Authentic Platform 2.0 is such a head-turner because of the added height on its outsole. In addition to that, the embossed snake-skin texture on the shoe’s straightforward design upper makes it unique and stands out among the crowd.

Paul Van Doren and Jim Van Doren, together with their business partners Gordon Lee and Serge D’Ella, founded the Van Doren Rubber Company in March 1966. It was also the same year that the company created the deck shoe or Style 44. The Style 44, now popularly known as the Authentic, was the first shoe that became among the iconic skate sneakers for generations.

In 1974, the Vans Authentic sneaker became so popular that it was seen rocking by skateboarders all over Southern California. It was well accepted by skateboarders because of its straightforward design as well as its sticky rubber outsoles. Today, it is one of the legendary skate sneakers ever known by men and women of different generations.  Among other Vans skate shoes like Old Skool, SK8-Hi, Era and UltraRange are definitely worthy of casting attention too.  

For many years, the Vans Authentic has been re-released and reinterpreted numerous times in different styles. Its silhouette also has been utilized in many collaborative works, creating several Vans masterpieces. Among the artists, brands, companies, and retailers that partnered with Vans were Kenzo, Supreme, Engineered Garments, Anti-Social Club, Made for the Makers, Star Wars, Van Gogh Museum, Peanuts, Disney, T&C Surf and Lazy Oaf.

Part of the expanding collection of Vans Authentic, the Leather Authentic Platform 2.0 has a suede upper that sits atop of a vulcanized outsole. Like other Vans shoes, it has signature waffle outsole that not only provides a sure-footed grip, but also excellent board feels.

  • Another version of the Authentic Platform 2.0 is made of suede upper instead of leather.
  • The lace-up closure is re-enforced with metal eyelets for a snug fit.
  • It is available in Snake / Black colorway.
  • This shoe has flat shoelaces.


Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.