Size and fit

The Vans Refract Authentic is available in men’s and women’s sizing. This unisex sneaker has a lace-up closure system that gives a secure and flexible fit. The shoe upper is made of canvas material that allows sufficient air circulation to keep the foot fresh.

With a low-top profile, this skate shoe allows adequate mobility. The shoe’s insole is amply padded for impact protection and support. Also, it has a vulcanized outsole that provides an excellent and natural board feel.

Vans Refract Authentic Style

The low-top Vans Refract Authentic is designed with a durable canvas upper with refracting colors. It features prism-like detailing on the heel and sidewalls. The contrast stitching on the upper gives an added style. It is available in colorways like black/ true white/ multi and true white/ multi.

With a slim design, the Refract Authentic by Vans is among the versatile skate shoes that can quickly complement several casual clothing and create an exciting getup. Check out some of the suggested stylings below:


  • Users can achieve a fresh yet straightforward, casual look when they wear black skinny jeans and a dark-colored bomber jacket, then match them with black Vans Authentic sneakers. 
  • A coat and navy chinos are an effortless neat casual ensemble that can be paired beautifully with this Vans shoe. 
  • A white pair of Vans Refract Authentic shoes can be matched with orange shorts, a plain shirt, and a navy linen blazer, creating a fresh casual look with a sporty vibe.


  • Ladies can wear a tan leopard maxi dress and top it with a black leather biker jacket to match their white Vans shoes, creating a relaxed getup that brings an effortless style. 
  • A pair of white vertical stripe culottes or wide-leg pants and a white short sleeve are a perfect match to this Vans canvas shoe, creating a dress-down and relaxed outfit.
  • A black pair of Vans Refract Authentic sneakers can complement black tapered pants, and a grey cropped sweater. 

Notable Features

They say that our feet get noticed first. Undeniably, our shoes can create a significant impact on our attire. Fashion-forward footwear can drive the style and turn heads around. The Vans Refract Authentic is a perfect example of simple yet beautiful. 

The shoe upper features refracted colors that create an exciting look and positive vibe. Its unique design gives another life to the timeless silhouette.

Vans Refract Authentic History

Vans has been in the market for many decades. It started in 1966. Brothers Jim and Paul Van Doren, together with their business partners Serge D’Elia and Gordon Lee, founded the Van Doren Company in Anaheim, California, on March 16 of 1966. 

They decided to make a better deck shoe. It was then that the Style #44 was born. It was made with a waffle-like rubber sole that stuck like syrup. Also, its upper can be made of custom fabric that customers wanted. Surfers dug that. Pretty soon, the shoes started poppin’ out all around the coastline of California. It even became an instant hit to skateboarders too. 

An epitome of cool, the Style #44 is now recognized as the Vans Authentic. Since its inception, it has been reinterpreted countless times using different materials, leading to beautiful iterations where men and women of different generations learned to love. 

This low-top Authentic by Vans has also been used to create a variety of amazing collaborative masterpieces. Some of the companies, brands, retailers, and artists that Vans partnered with were Anti-Social Club, Made for the Makers, Disney, Engineered Garments, MLB, Kenzo, Van Gogh Museum, Peanuts, Lazy, T & C Surf, Supreme, and Star Wars. 

The Vans Refract Authentic is among the latest additions to the growing collection of this timeless silhouette. Updated with a modern look, it has refracted colors adorning the heel and sidewalls of the upper. This style gives another excellent option for Vans’ fans to consider adding to their hoard of cool sneakers.

                 Other exciting versions of the Vans Authentic

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  • Vans Authentic Platform 2.0
  • Vans Gum Authentic
  • Vans Golden Coast Authentic
  • Vans Check Foxing Authentic
  • Vans Gum Block Authentic
  • Vans Veggie Tan Leather Authentic DX
  • Vans ComfyCush Authentic

Nice to know

  • The Vans Refract Authentic has a rubber outsole with a waffle tread pattern that delivers superior traction.
  • It has a strengthened toe cap that can combat skateboarding abuse.


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