Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $52
Show more facts

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are sneaker fanatics, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

Are you an expert? Apply to contribute here.

  • First look / Unboxing | Shop Zappos

Apply to become an expert

Vans Rata Vulc SF History

The Rata Vulc SF belongs to Vans’ Surfing line, a collection of nautically-inspired shoes that are designed with the beach in mind. The shoe is based on the silhouette of the Baskets Rata Vulc which the brand launched in February of 2010. The Baskets Rata Vulc had a low, minimalist profile and a moccasin-like style. It contained two metal eyelets on each side, a soft, flexible sole, and a contoured EVA sockliner.

The model was also an initiative by Vans to promote environmental awareness. It had an upper made of 100% hemp and utilized recycled rubber for its sole. Three simple colorways debuted along with the shoe: red, khaki, and black.

The brand followed it up with the Rata Vulc SF. This time, the shoe was updated with an UltraCush insole and a Surf SF build with a tougher sole but retained the environment-friendly nature of the original silhouette by using only water-based inks and glue in its construction.

Vans Rata Vulc SF Style

The Vans Rata Vulc SF has a simple, sophisticated look that can quickly take you from casual Fridays at work to your neighborhood hipster bar in a snap. For a super casual vibe, wear the sneaker with cotton shorts, a poplin shirt, and that ubiquitous summer accessory—the sunglass. You can also rock this shoe with khaki pants and a button-up shirt for a day at the office.

Fit & Sizing

The Vans Rata Vulc SF is a silhouette designed with men in mind. Measurements available for this shoe range from 6.5 to 13 with half sizes offered as well. The shoe is a slip-on but manages to give a snug fit. UltraCush sockliners give a breathable and comfortable cushioning.

Notable Features

The Vans Rata Vulc SF contains a molded and removable UltraCush insole that gives enhanced support and comfort for the feet. Constructed with 100% hemp upper and water-based inks and glue, the footwear also does its part for the environment.  

Additional Info

  • The Vans Rata Vulc SF has a vulcanized build for superior durability, sticky rubber outsole with the signature Vans waffle tread pattern, and single-wrapped foxing tape.

Comparison