Verdict from 10 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Vans Paradoxxx shoes have an incredibly soft and comfortable feel, according to many testers.
  • These are handsome sneakers that blend the retro look seamlessly with modern features, plenty of users have noted.
  • According to several skate reviews, the construction of Vans Paradoxxx sneakers is solid and sturdy.
  • The colors of these kicks from Vans are excellent and seem to wear well, some consumers say.
  • A small number of people have remarked that the quality is extremely desirable all around.
  • Not only are these kicks good for skating, but they’re also excellent for the BMX riding sport.
  • These Paradoxxx shoes contain UltraCush Lite insoles that offer exceptional cushioning.
  • A couple of buyers commend the shoes for being true to size.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One user has reported that the Vans Paradoxxx sneakers run somewhat narrow. 
  • The shoes need a bit more arch support, a user says.

Bottom line

The Vans Paradoxxxes are the shoe equivalent of Dane Reynold’s contradicting personality. Inspired by Dane’s skateboarding past yet made for his current surfing lifestyle, these kicks will keep your feet in comfort however you want to wear them. 

The shoes provide exceptional shock absorption—enough for impact skating—and they’re also tough enough for BMX riding. The quality is top-notch, and the quiet casual style is nothing to sneeze at. Prepare to blend the best of both of Dane’s world with these on your feet. 

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Good to know

Vans Paradoxxx sneakers are built for men and women. These feature a low-top build that allows unrestricted movement for your feet— perfect for physical activities that require sudden twists, stops, and turns. The ankles are free for flicks and other skating tricks, and there’s no sacrificing on performance. 

The rubber base is thicker here than in other Vans shoes, and these feel a bit more substantial. The insoles, which are the lightweight editions of the ones used in several of Vans’ Pro shoes, are cushy and help create a whole new level of comfort for the user. The shock absorption is also greatly enhanced by the cupsoles, which let in enough board feel while cushioning from impact.

Aside from the cushioning, comfort is achieved in these kicks through the soft suede material that covers the toes and heels and the canvas fabric that envelops the sidewalls. The collars and tongues are amply padded.

A traditional lace-up closure system provides the wearer with a customizable fit. One user has described the shoe as being slightly snug, but the shoes should stretch out a bit with more wear. 

Dane Reynold’s retro-flavored Vans shoes capture the essence of the 90s with these smooth renditions of a blended surf and skate footwear. These kicks feature the return of the Flying V logo, which is intricately embroidered on the side panels, and vintage Off The Wall branding sewn on the tongues. 

The design is so good that many consider these shoes ideal for both work and play. The dak-hued versions, especially the quiet shade/black colorway, can even double for casual Friday footwear at the office.

  Style guide 

1. Semi-casual office attire:

Men - Pair your Vans Paradoxx in the navy colorway (dark denim) with dark chinos, a light blue button-up shirt, and a grey blazer for work. 

Women - Don a black shift dress, put on a dark-colored blazer, and wear the Paradoxx shoes in the black/gum or all-black color scheme. 

2. Outfit for a first date: 

Men - The black colorway of the Vans Paradoxxx shoes (the white-soled ones) will complete an attire of skinny blue jeans and a slim-fitting crisp white shirt with mandarin collars. 

Women - Black jeggings, a loose spaghetti-strapped white blouse, and a denim jacket with your favorite blue designer bag and the Vans Paradoxxx sneakers in smoke blue would hopefully make a good first impression.

3. Casual days: 

Men - Khakis, a gingham shirt, and the Paradoxxx kicks in the quiet shade/black color scheme looks ready for some lounge time.

Women - Cuffed jeans paired with a beige sweater over a long button-down shirt and the Vans Paradoxxx in beech looks crazy comfy.

These Vans Paradoxxx sneakers keep Dane Reynolds’ carefree spirit fully reflected in the design. The minimalist silhouette combines both the surf and skate worlds with the Vans brand’s retro aesthetics. This has resulted in a truly versatile design that’s geared for plenty of activities, and not just surfing or skateboarding.

The shoes are further enhanced with superlative comfort care of the UltraCush Lite sockliners that grace them. These sockliners provide excellent cushioning for the feet at a lighter weight compared to the UltraCush. Because they’re lighter and thinner, the board feel shines through. 

The Vans Surf line was designed for surfers who need adaptable kicks that can traverse most kinds of terrain as they travel to catch the next big wave. Not just for the beach, these shoes look just as good on the city streets. 

One of the most influential surfers out there is Dane Reynolds, who is also Vans Surf Team rider. He is a known pro and Surfer Hall of Famer who regularly does aerial and experimental maneuvers on his board. He helped design the Paradoxxx by infusing them with a 90s aesthetic that recalls days he spent as a youth riding the board on the streets. Of course, his surfing background has also greatly influenced the construction of the shoes.

The shoes have been a success and a favorite among fans of the Vans Surf range. In the Spring of 2019, Vans added new colorways to the shoes including a bright yellow one.

  • Vans Paradoxxx shoes are for sale at a retail price of $75.
  • The sneakers use water-based inks and glues.


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